Media awaits ruling on live coverage of Henri van Breda case

The 22-year-old is accused of axing to death his parents and older brother at their luxury home outside Stellenbosch more than two years ago.

FILE: Henri van Breda leaves the Western Cape High Court after a brief appearance on 9 September 2016. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - South Africans will know this morning whether live broadcasts will be allowed during the trial of triple murder accused Henri van Breda.

The 22-year-old is accused of axing to death his parents and older brother at their luxury home outside Stellenbosch more than two years ago.

He's also facing an attempted murder charge for severely injuring his sister who survived the attack, as well as a charge of defeating the ends of justice for allegedly tampering with the crime scene.

Van Breda has been out on R100,000 bail since he handed himself over to police in the middle of last year.

The National Prosecuting Authority in the Western Cape believes it has a watertight case against van Breda.

But van Breda has a tough legal team who will attempt to prove that he did not commit the heinous crime.

Western Cape High Court Judge Siraj Desai will rule whether the media can broadcast live footage inside the courtroom.

In an affidavit, obtained by Eyewitness News, the Director of Public Prosecutions' office in the Western Cape has indicated it’s opposed to live courtroom coverage.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)