On the night of January 26th, 2015, three out of five members of the van Breda family at De Zalze Estate in Stellenbosch, were murdered with an axe.

Siblings Henri and Marli survived, the former found in the home with minor injuries – not inflicted by the axe but rather with a knife. He called the police a few hours after the attacks took place. Henri’s younger sister, Marli, survives with no memory of what happened that fateful night. 

Among the murdered family members was oldest son Rudi, father Martin and mother Teresa.

After a year and a half of investigations by the SAPS, the chief suspect Henri van Breda handed himself over to police in June 2016 and was released on bail the next day.

More than two years after the crime, the trial began at the Cape High Court on 24 April, 2017, where Henri stands accused of the murders, and attempted murder, of his family.