22 May 2018

South Africa: Van Breda's Uncle 'Heartbroken', but Accepts Judgment

Andre van Breda is heartbroken by the judgment that found his nephew Henri guilty of killing his father, mother, and brother, and seriously injuring his sister, but is glad to have closure over what happened at De Zalze in 2015.

"The family respects the court decision and accepts it," said Andre van Breda by telephone on Tuesday.

"It's heart-breaking," said Van Breda, but he said the family was grateful to finally have closure.

"It's very emotional," he said.

Andre said he watched the live broadcast of the judgment while in Pretoria. Judge Siraj Desai found Henri guilty of the murder of his mother Teresa, father Martin and brother Rudi.

He was also found guilty of the attempted murder of his sister Marli, who survived, and of defeating the ends of justice.

Van Breda had pleaded not guilty, saying intruders had entered the house in the secured estate near Stellenbosch.

He was sent to Pollsmoor's hospital section after being found guilty, to wait the start of sentencing proceedings on June 5.

Andre said he would travel to Cape Town for that.

"We will be there."

During the trial, Andre had described his brother Martin as an exceptional businessman who had no enemies.

Source: News24

South Africa

Sublime Soul Diva Who Demanded Respect, Which Will be Forever Given

It is no coincidence that two of Aretha Franklin’s celebrated contemporaries who travelled to Detroit to see the… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2018 News24Wire. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.