Van Breda murder case: What happens next?

Today marks exactly one year since three members of the van Breda family were brutally killed.

FILE: Martin van Breda, his wife Teresa and their eldest son Rudi, were found axed to death. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it will be carefully scrutinising a triple murder docket before it makes a decision on how best to proceed with the matter.

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

Martin van Breda, his wife Teresa and their eldest son Rudi, were found axed to death.

The couple's two other children survived the attack.

The case is back on the NPA's desk after a full year of investigations by police.

Well-known Cape Town advocate William Booth says the NPA has the mandate to close the case if there's no reasonable prospect of a successful prosecution.

But Booth adds if the NPA declines to prosecute based on a lack of evidence, an inquest still has to be held.

He says the evidence in the docket will then have to be considered by a magistrate, who will decide if a suspect can be arrested and held responsible for the triple murder.