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Monday May 18, 2015

Stellenbosch axe murder house goes on the market

The luxury Stellenbosch golf estate home where a triple axe murder occurred earlier this year is up for sale and the company that has put it on the market is trying to sell it as soon as possible to give the family closure.

The home in the De Zalze Golf Estate near Stellenbosch.

Yesterday, RE/MAX Oaktree owner Deon de Swardt told Saturday Star: "Our priority is to sell it at the best price possible, so that the Van Breda family can move on. We try to keep the emotion out of it."

He said prospective buyers were being told about the murders that had taken place in the house, which has been advertised for a week, and he did not believe it would deter prospective buyers.

Photographs of the interior of the house, on the market for R6.2 million, show a spacious lounge and dining area and a sunny bedroom that appears to open onto a balcony.

One of the bedrooms.

The photographs offer an idea of the lifestyle the Van Breda family enjoyed and, for the first time, shows where the murders might have been carried out.

Martin van Breda, 55, an international businessman, his wife Teresa, 54, and their eldest child Rudi, 22, were killed in the home on the De Zalze Golf Estate on January 27.

Their youngest child, Marli, 16, sustained an axe wound to her head and a severed jugular, while her brother Henri, 20, escaped the attack with minor injuries.

Marli, who was first hospitalised then treated in a rehabilitation centre, is living with relatives, while Henri travelled to Gauteng a few weeks ago.

No arrests have been made in the case.

It was previously reported that Marli and Teresa's body had been found on the balcony after the attack, while the bodies of Martin and Rudi were found in a bedroom.

Yesterday, De Swardt said the secure estate on which the home was located was so popular that there was a list of people trying to get a house there.

He said a client had viewed the residence since it was advertised last week and "indicated they would seriously consider making an offer".

De Swardt was optimistic that the house would be sold within three months.

He understood why the house would attract interest.

"Obviously, there is a lot of attention on the property. But we'd rather let the information be out there."

An advert on the RE/MAX Oaktree website says the house's "spacious living area with wood-burning stove leads to a braai patio with splash pool.

"Concertina shutter doors enclose the patio to form part of the house. The open-plan kitchen leads to a scullery and pantry at the back," it says.

The advert says the house has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, two living areas, a pool and two garages.

Saturday Star


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