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Stellenbosch axe murders: A month later and still no arrests

Martin and Teresa van Breda along with their son, Rudi, were found murdered in their home last month.

FILE: The slain van Breda family. Picture: Mia Lindeque

CAPE TOWN - It's been exactly a month since three members of the same family were axed to death at the De Zalze Golf Estate in Stellenbosch and police have yet to make an arrest.

Martin and Teresa van Breda along with their 22-year-old son, Rudi, were found murdered in their home last month.

Henri van Breda and his 16-year-old sister Marli are the only ones who survived the attack.

Marli, who sustained serious head injuries, has been in hospital under tight security but is improving daily.

Family spokesperson Ben Rootman says doctors had told them it will take a long time before Marli makes a full recovery.

It's understood she underwent emergency brain surgery for serious head wounds shortly after the attack.

Days ago she started moving both sides of her body.

Rootman says she is now able to identify people in family photographs and is showing emotion.

"Of course we know it's a big healing process but day by day there is improvement."

Marli potentially holds the key to investigation.

Police have not revealed any details into their investigation into the family murders which shocked the nation.

They have also not confirmed whether the surviving son, Henri, had made a formal statement.

It's been revealed the 20-year-old made the call alerting authorities of the murders.

The Van Breda family has since appointed a lawyer to represent him and he has been receiving trauma counselling.

It's been established on the day of the attack there was no security breach at the estate.

Police are yet to offer a possible motive for the attack or release an identikit of the attacker.

At the same time, Rootman says he's hoping for a breakthrough in the investigation soon.

"The investigation is in the hands of police, it's trying times for the family but we know the police must do their job to make sure that the judicial processes are followed."

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