Nearly a year on, still no arrests in De Zalze murder mystery

The NPA confirmed the docket in the De Zalze triple axe murder case has been returned for a decision.

Three members of the same family were killed at the De Zalze Golf Estate in Stellenbosch on 27 January 2015. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has this afternoon confirmed the docket in the De Zalze triple axe murder case has been returned for a decision.

Tomorrow marks exactly one year since three members of the van Breda family were killed in their home outside Stellenbosch.

Fifty-four-year-old Martin van Breda, his wife Teresa and their eldest son Rudi were found axed to death.

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

The family had reportedly dined at a well-known Stellenbosch restaurant the night before the murders.

Henri had alerted emergency services the following morning that his family had been attacked by two or three men.

The Stellenbosch Serious and Violent Crimes Unit was summoned to the home to find three family members dead.

Some members of the SVC unit were reportedly traumatized by what they had seen at the home that they had to be booked off on stress leave.

Marli, who turns 18 in October, was found with severe head injuries and her brother Henri with minor scratches.

Her recovery has been described as miraculous as her jugular vein had been severed.