Police remain tight-lipped on Van Breda case

2015-02-02 14:44
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Cape Town - Police are still keeping mum on all details surrounding the brutal murders of a wealthy family on a golf estate in Stellenbosch.

Netwerk24 reported on Monday that Detective Captain Jonathan Morris from the Hawks was taking over investigations into the murders of Martin van Breda, his wife Teresa and son Rudi. They were attacked with an axe.

However, police refused to give News24 any details on the investigation, and almost a week after the incident, are still refusing to even name the victims.

Van Breda’s daughter Marli is in a stable condition in hospital. She suffered a severe head trauma and a severed jugular.

“There is a responsibility on [police] to protect the identity of the people who survived the attack on their life and therefore the names of the deceased cannot be officially released,” Western Cape police spokesperson André Traut said in an email to News24 last week.

The Van Breda son, Henri, was relatively unscathed and, at the weekend, an audio clip was broadcast by eNCA of his phone call to emergency services.

"My... my family and me were attacked... by a guy with an axe," he says calmly to the operator during the five minute call.

Earlier on Monday, Netwerk24 reported that Henri had a brain scan at an Australian hospital last year, but the results were negative and no further tests were carried out.

However, family spokesperson Ben Rootman told Netwerk24 on Monday that rumours about Henri's state of mental health were based on speculation and there is no way to verify this.

- To read more about these gruesome murders, click here.

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