7 June 2018

South Africa: Government Welcomes Sentencing of Henri Van Breda

press release

Government welcomes the Western Cape High Court's sentencing of axe murderer Henri Van Breda for the 2015 murder of his parents and brother, and seriously injuring his sister. He received three life sentences, 15 years for the attempted murder of his sister, Marli and 12 months for obstructing justice.

The GCIS Acting Director-General Phumla Williams said: "Government is pleased that justice has been served in this case. Henri Van Breda's sentencing serves as a deterrent to others who think that violence in the family will be allowed in South Africa. Our country is governed by rules and laws and violence will not be tolerated. At this time, our thoughts are with Marli, the only person who survived his attack."

Government applauds the prosecuting and investigating officials for their dedication to ensure a successful prosecution. "The officers investigating this case have done a sterling job- and is one of the successes that shows that we will leave no stone unturned to ensure that justice prevails. This case highlights the importance of a strengthened family unit and the role that society plays in shaping the behaviour and actions of the youth." added Williams.

Government will not allow such incidents to prevail in our country as the Constitution provides for the right to life.

Issued by: Government Communications

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