First on EWN: More details emerge from Stellenbosch axe murders

EWN can reveal details from the statement made by the police officer who arrived on the scene.

FILE: Slain van Breda family memorial service in Pretoria. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Eyewitness News is able to reveal details of the statement made by the police officer who arrived on the scene of a triple axe murder in Stellenbosch in January.

Martin van Breda, his wife Teresa and their eldest child, Rudi, were found axed to death in their home on the De Zalze Golf Estate.

The couple's two other children, Marli and Henri, survived the attack.

The account by the Criminal Intelligence Division (CID) official says Henri told officers, "the problem" was upstairs upon their arrival on scene.

The officer's statement, in Eyewitness News's possession, said he noticed the half open front door upon arrival at the Goske Street property after 7am.

A young man, presumed to be Henri, then exited the house covered in blood.

He directed police upstairs.

The bodies of two men were found in the main bedroom.

Two females are listed as lying in front of the bedroom door, presumably on the balcony.

The CID officer then realised the teenager daughter, Marli, was still alive.

An ambulance was contacted, but the statement does not identify the caller.

Months ago, a neighbour's domestic worker told reporters she saw a young man, with blood covered arms, speaking on the phone.

It's not clear whether that call was the one mentioned in the officer's statement.

Marli has since been diagnosed with retrograde amnesia.

No arrests have yet been made.


Marli van Breda. Picture: Instagram/marli_vanbreda

Marli, who is just 16-years-old, was discharged from a rehabilitation facility last month following months of intensive treatment after the attack.

She was seriously injured during the attack while her younger brother Henri sustained minor injuries.

Marli underwent brain surgery and is slowly recovering from retrograde amnesia.

She underwent neurosurgery as her skull had been fractured and she sustained brain trauma during the attack.

Although she is unable to remember the details of the attack, a report indicated she "missed her family a lot."


A trust was set up to take care of the teenager and her 20-year-old brother.

Reports claimed claim Marli and Henri are set to inherit R200 million.

In March, police launched an investigation after a recording of an emergency call made by Henri was broadcast.

He made the call alerting authorities of the murders.


A Stellenbosch estate agent declined to respond to queries about the timing of the sale of the De Zalze Golf Estate home were the incident took place.

When Eyewitness News visited the house last week, the curtains were drawn.

A tree of life design adorned the wall near the entrance while leaves had pooled at the front door.

The Stellenbosch estate agent advertised the Goske Street home for R6,2 million.

The estate agent slammed down the phone when Eyewitness News called to ask about the timing of the sale.