NPA: Van Breda murder case at a crucial stage

Three members of the van Breda family were killed with an axe at their luxury De Zalze home in January.

FILE: Slain van Breda family. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has told Eyewitness News the investigation into the De Zalze triple murder case is at a crucial stage.

Three members of the van Breda family were killed with an axe at their luxury De Zalze home outside Stellenbosch at the end of January.

Their 16-year-old daughter, Marli van Breda, sustained serious head injuries during the attack.

Last month she was discharged from a rehabilitation facility, but is still undergoing intensive therapy.

Her 20-year-old brother, Henri, was slightly injured during the attack and is living with family friends.

The NPA's Velekhaya Mgobhozi has told EWN the investigation into the triple murder case is still pending.

Mgobhozi reiterates it's impossible to reveal when arrests will be made as police are still investigating the case.

"The investigation into the matter is still pending, it is a crucial stage. There is no way I can discuss or divulge the contents thereof and no decision has been made yet."

While many South Africans are questioning why there haven't been any arrests yet, the NPA is calling for patience as various role players are involved in piecing together what happened at the luxury Stellenbosch residence.

More than 130 pieces of evidence have already been gathered.

It's believed siblings Marli and Henri have not yet come face to face more than three months after the attack in which their parents and older brother were all killed.