Marli van Breda is seriously injured in an incident which killed her dad Martin, mum Teresa and brother Rudi. Photo: Facebook
Marli van Breda is seriously injured in an incident which killed her dad Martin, mum Teresa and brother Rudi. Photo: Facebook Contributed

South African axe murders survivor says she 'can't remember'

MARLI van Breda's first posts on social media since the brutal axe-attack which killed her parents and older brother has fueled more speculation about the tragic incident.

The former Buderim teenager, who suffered severe injuries in the assault at the family's South African home, posted up photographs of her deceased parents, Martin and Teresa and older brother, Rudi.

No images of her surviving brother, Henri, who placed an unusual call to emergency services at the time of the attack in January, were included.

Voice transcripts of the call have a remarkably calm Henri reporting the incident and also giggling.

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But the family lawyer has told South African media not to read much into the exclusion of Henri from her posts.

"Nothing should be read into the social media posts," lawyer Louise Buikman told News24 in an email

"The pictures posted were in tribute to (Marli's) deceased family members.

"The media should be cautious before jumping to conclusions or making unsubstantiated speculations."

The van Breda family. Father Martin, wife Teresa and son Rudi have been killed in an apparent axe attack at their South African home. Daughter Marli is now in a critical condition.
The van Breda family. Father Martin, wife Teresa and son Rudi have been killed in an apparent axe attack at their South African home. Daughter Marli is now in a critical condition. Facebook

Previous reports have indicated Marli has suffered amnesia and cannot remember the details of the fatal night.

Mr Buikman told News24 this had not changed and she may never remember what happened.

She survived with serious injuries to her head and throat, while Henri only sustained minor injuries.

The luxury estate in which the family lived has claimed there was no break-in on the night.

It is understood Marli and Henri have not seen each other since the incident.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in South Africa also told other media last week the investigation was at a "crucial stage" but no arrest have been made.



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