Stellenbosch attack victim stable - family

2015-02-01 12:57

Johannesburg - Marli van Breda, who survived an attack on her family in Stellenbosch, during which her parents and a brother were killed, is in a stable condition in hospital, the family said on Sunday.

"Marli is in a stable condition in the Medi-Clinic in Stellenbosch," the family said in a statement.

"No visitors are allowed at her bedside."

The Van Breda family were attacked in their home in the De Zalze Golf Estate in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The teenager's father Martin van Breda, 54, his wife Theresa, 55, and older brother Rudi, 22, were killed. Her other brother Henri, 20, survived.

Last week, police spokesperson Tembinkosi Kinana said no arrests had been made and no one had been taken in for questioning.

He declined to disclose how the family was killed, or a possible motive.

The family on Sunday said Henri was "coping under the circumstances" and was undergoing counselling.

A private memorial would be held for Martin, Teresa and Rudi at the Dutch Reformed Church in Moreleta Park, Pretoria, on Thursday.

The family asked for privacy during the memorial.

"The family expresses its deep gratitude to the doctors and nurses at the Medi-Clinic Vergelegen for the love and care shown to Marli and thanks the SAPS [SA Police Service] for the way in which they are approaching the investigation.

The family also expresses their thanks and appreciation for all the messages of condolences from friends and associates of Martin, Theresa and Rudi in South Africa, Australia and elsewhere abroad."

  • steven.marshal.98 - 2015-02-01 13:06

    May this innocent one recover fully and justice prevail.

      Jonathan Woods - 2015-02-01 19:07

      I just wish that was the general sentiment. unfortunately here in SA many people are very quick to be judge, jury and executioner long before even any facts are known. No wonder we are in such disharmony when people act on nothing more than supposition. To those people please grow a least one more brain cell and then have patience. And maybe all will be revealed ! And to some of you haven't been in crisis situations, there is no set way that people react. People react differently and sometimes complete irrationally at such times. And mere laymen are in no position to judge without long and sound hands on evaluation of their state of mind.

      Rocco DeWet - 2015-02-01 22:40

      Oh Woods get off your high horse. If it turns out that the younger son wasn't the perpetrator, he would surely eventually understand why most people saw him as the prime initial suspect based on the circumstantial evidence thus far. What would bug him most would not be the media kangaroo court, but the fact that he lost his parents and his brother, and that his sister has probably been permanently maimed, perhaps with some neurological damage. If the boy is guilty, I feel sorry for him also, because in addition to a mental illness, he will have a huge burden to carry. If he was a mentally normal boy dabbling in drugs that made him psychotic, then I will feel less sorry for him. If the boy is innocent, he will be showered with love and support by the community that initially judged him. So it is OK - let people speak their minds.

      Dean James Bright - 2015-02-02 07:51

      Jonathan, people are judging from what they have seen and heard about the facts surrounding the incident so far. No intruders coming or going according to cameras surrounding the house. Only one logical conclusion and if you can't figure that one out then you must be superstitous.

      MWF - 2015-02-02 08:34

      Without a doubt the son did it. On the audio clip of his call to 10111, he is heard snickering after he tells the call centre lady that they family are unconscious and "bleeding from the head, hehe"

      Jonathan Woods - 2015-02-02 09:33

      I know that I'm simply repeating myself, but some of you are sick ! Acting on nothing but blind supposition, with no evidence. And assumption is usually the mother of all F*** ups.

      Rocco DeWet - 2015-02-03 05:24

      Yes you are repeating yourself. And your whole morally superior posturing bit will come crashing down soon.

      Jenna Mathews - 2015-02-03 09:25

      Mr Woods, in the USA, Canada and commonwealth countries, members of the jury consists of normal citizens, not lawyers or legal professionals. so, all the opinions of the people on this forum, could be regarded as a virtual jury. Think about that, sir.

  • Shiham Emerald Deane Philander - 2015-02-01 13:12

    Don't hold your breath, happened while asleep, didn't see who attacked...grrrr

      Julie Elisabeth Craytor - 2015-02-02 10:20

      Please hold your breath?

  • Steve Louw - 2015-02-01 13:31

    Pray please tell Kay exactly what update do you want on people that's already dead and gone in an accident. Moegoe!

  • Mdu Mvelase - 2015-02-01 13:42

    Hey Kay , a funeral service was today fortunately I was there

  • Chris Bothma - 2015-02-01 14:02

    My heart goes out to this little girl. The emotional scars will take a very, very long time to heal.

  • Schulla - 2015-02-01 16:15

    Marli it is good to know that you are stable. God's Bless.

  • Kendra Sanders - 2015-02-01 18:02

    How will she and her brother mend their broken hearts? This is so tragic.

  • Chantelle Crocker Monaghan - 2015-02-01 18:56

    This whole story is fishy!

  • Therese Charmaine Barlow - 2015-02-01 22:39

    This girl needs loads of love going forward.Pleased she is well on her way to recovery.

  • Eye Monosi - 2015-02-01 22:54

    Heart goes out to Family Friends and those who knew the Family. We are mourning with you. God Bless and grant you the fortitude as you move forward with your Life,though it won't be easy. Love.

  • Alicia Motsepe - 2015-02-01 23:21

    I wish I could hug you tight Marli and reassure you that you going to overcome this tragedy. I'm overwhelmed by heartache for the pain that you are going through. May God's strength be with you as you recover. We are all praying for youe

  • David Smuts - 2015-02-02 01:20

    To Marli Van Breda, I am so happy, that each day you are getting more and more well. I give praise to My Lord Jesus for looking after you everyday and night. Even when you sleep or are in pain Jesus is there with you watching over you and keeping you safe. Thank you Lord Jesus for Looking after "Marli Van Breda" and for keeping her safe. Marli I just want to tell you, that with all my love and tears I am prayin for you everyday to get more and more better. You are such an amazing person. Jesus Loves You always "Marli Van Breda". :) Marli I also want to say that we as a "Country" and all the "People" in Both "Cape Town & South Africa" are all praying and holding hands for you to get well soon. We as a "Nation/Country" are behind you, thinking of you and praying for you to get well soon. God Bless, & Keeping You in My Daily Prayers David Smuts

      The Last Contrarian - 2015-02-02 06:40

      Also thank god that he was picking his nose when her family (and nearly her) were bludgeoned to death. Faaak your god!

      Scala Coetzee - 2015-02-02 06:45

      Only dagga rokers talk like that a hole contrarian your name says it all The LAST

      Joseph Shange - 2015-02-02 09:55

      In the bible it says god gives everyone free will to do what they want but to only face the consequences of their actions on the 11th hour which is basically your personal death time.

  • Travis Anthony - 2015-02-02 06:40

    Truly speaking the suspect is within the family,

  • arthur.salvado - 2015-02-02 07:30

    Rocco, we all see and hear the cops going after suspects. There's a huge manhunt on the go. OR PERHAPS NOT? Strange to say the least . Why would a manhunt be kept secret ? Because there's no manhunt.

  • Beulah Hughes - 2015-02-02 08:14

    Some thing seems quite fishy here

  • Helen Sanya - 2015-02-02 08:39

    So who killed them?

  • Cee Lekaota - 2015-02-02 10:01

    Love and Light to you Marli... Your family will be looking down on you always! RIP to them...

  • Melanie Pollock - 2015-02-02 12:53

    Did he have a girlfriend in Canada who he was trying to get to? If he was unstable, he may have worked out a way to get to her unhindered and loaded with money.....

  • Eunice de Kock - 2015-02-02 15:57

    we have been praying for a miracle, she must survive

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