'No developments' in De Zalze triple murder case

A defence attorney says 9 months have passed without as much as a hint regarding the investigation’s progress.

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

CAPE TOWN - There still don't appear to be any concrete developments in the investigation into a triple murder in Stellenbosch.

Martin van Breda, his wife Teresa and their eldest child were found axed to death in their home in January.

The couple's two other children survived the ordeal.

As yet, no arrests have been made.

Defence attorney William Booth says nine months have passed without as much as a hint regarding the investigation's progress.

"Authorities have a duty to tell the public what is going on."

Booth argues the National Prosecuting Authority and the police have an obligation to reveal the status of the case.

"They must tell us they've got no evidence to link anybody and they can't criminally charge anyone. They may have to have an inquest because with any violent death there has to be, by law, an inquest."

He adds a lack of information has fueled speculation about the triple murder.

Booth says officials should be able to provide a status report without revealing the intricacies of their investigation.

The NPA has reportedly issued the police with an ultimatum of sorts.

Detectives were told to report back to the NPA on any possible progress.