Van Breda family wants closure

2016-03-07 13:44
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Cape Town - Members of the Van Breda family say they are searching for closure, and want somebody to be charged for the Stellenbosch axe murders in which three family members died last year.

Martin van Breda, his wife Teresa and son Rudi were hacked to death with an axe at De Zalze golf estate in the early hours of January 27, 2015.

Their daughter Marli, 17, and her brother Henri, 21, survived the attack.

More than a year later, no arrests have been made and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has yet to make a decision on how to proceed with the case.

Martin's brother, Bailey van Breda, 62, told Rapport that the family wants closure, "finish en klaar".

Bailey, who is also battling liver cancer, is one of the trustees of the family trust which is looking after Henri and Marli.

He is uncertain what Henri is doing, other than staying with another uncle in Cape Town, but said Marli has recovered from her injuries and has returned to school. However, she is suffering from retrograde amnesia and cannot remember the events of that night.

Forensic evidence

Bailey said the family has heard nothing from the police, but will issue a statement when they have finalised their investigation. He believes the police will rely heavily on forensic evidence.

According to Rapport, a source close to the investigation indicated that the police are confident they will solve the murders, and believe evidence will show the attacker "went berserk".

The source said the family were still in their pyjamas and post-mortem reports detailed the injuries they sustained in the attack. The deceased all had deep cuts and wounds on their heads and necks, while Rudi and Teresa had wounds on their hands as they tried to protect themselves against the attacker.

Meanwhile, a family friend, Elna Venter, who introduced Teresa to Martin, told Rapport that she also wishes for an end to the murder mystery, adding that it is shocking and cruel.

The NPA said it is waiting for more new information before it is prepared to identify and charge a suspect. In January, Western Cape police told News24 that they were unable to reveal anything new regarding the case, despite due attention being given to the investigation.

- To read more about the Van Breda murders on News24, click here.

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