'Marli van Breda is smiling again'

The 16-year-old survivor of a family axe attack has been discharged from hospital.

Marli van Breda. Picture: Instagram/marli_vanbreda

CAPE TOWN - Sixteen-year-old Marli Van Breda, a surviving member of a family who was attacked with an axe at their De Zalze Golf Estate home in January, is in the second phase of her treatment after being discharged from the Vergelegen Medi-Clinic in Somerset West.

Marli is now being treated at a rehabilitation facility.

She suffered serious head injuries in the attack that claimed the lives of her parents, Martin and Teresa van Breda and her 22-year-old brother, Rudi. She underwent emergency shortly after the attack.

Marli's 20-year-old brother Henri also survived the attack and is in the care of relatives.

The lawyer appointed to represent Marli has told Eyewitness News the teenager's treatment consists of various phases.

Advocate Martin Coetzee says the first phase included acute medical treatment which was provided at the Vergelegen Medi-Clinic.

He says it's no longer necessary for her to be hospitalised as her condition has improved.

"What is now necessary is for her to go to the next phase of her treatment, which is rehabilitation. This will include physiotherapy and speech therapy," he says.

Coetzee adds Marli is doing well under the circumstances and is smiling again.

Although authorities are shedding little light on the van Breda family murder case, the National Prosecuting Authority has confirmed that it will take its time to study the murder docket.

The NPA's Velekhaya Mgobhozi says, "It's a process on its own. The prosecutor will have to read the docket and be satisfied with the docket."

The police have not yet made any arrests.