WC High Court rules broadcasting of van Breda case allowed

The Western Cape High Court has ruled that cameras can be erected in court to record & broadcast proceedings of the van Breda murder trial.

Henri van Breda appears in Stellenbosch court. picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High Court has ruled that live coverage of the Henri van Breda murder trial will be allowed.

Van Breda is accused of killing his parents and older brother at their home in Stellenbosch in January last year.

Multi-millionaire businessman Martin van Breda, his wife Teresa and their son Rudi were axed to death in their De Zalze home.

In his ruling, Judge Siraj Desai said that no photos are allowed of van Breda's sister Marli before, during or after proceedings and that no audio recordings between legal representatives are allowed to be taken.

The judge added that no exhibits are allowed to be photographed or published.

Both the State and van Breda's legal team have appealed the decision.

Earlier, the Director of Public Prosecutions' office in the Western Cape had indicated that it was opposed to live courtroom coverage of the case.

The DPP said that the witnesses had objections to cameras being in court and had voiced fears of having their photographs published.

The media application for live-streaming the trial claimed it is in the public interest to broadcast court proceedings as it unfolds. The application motivated that freedom of expression was at the heart of a democracy.

LISTEN: Henri van Breda's call to emergency services.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)