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Zebra Press to Publish Book by Jacques Steenkamp on De Zalze Murders

The brutal De Zalze Murders have gripped the imagination of South Africans as well as that of citizens in Australia and the United Kingdom, and Zebra Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, will publish the book that will bring you the story behind the media reports.

The Griekwastad MurdersDie Griekwastad-MoordeAfter the success of his first book, The Griekwastad Murders/Die Griekwastad Moorde, SABC journalist and author Jacques Steenkamp is now covering the so-called De Zalze Murders in his next book. Steenkamp will follow this case by taking a closer look into the Van Breda family history in both South Africa and Australia, conducting interviews with family members, friends and various role-players involved in the case, and by covering the trial.

Well-known author Deon Meyer, who will produce a film based on Steenkamp’s The Griekwastad Murders, said: “To make sense of the Van Breda murders requires insight, wisdom, compassion and excellent investigative journalism – as only Jacques Steenkamp can accomplish.”

It is still early days and no arrests have been made since the axe attack on the Van Bredas in their home at the upmarket De Zalze Golf Estate in Stellenbosch on 27 January 2015. South African Police have remained tight-lipped about their investigation and repeatedly declined to comment on whether any suspects have been identified. But it appears that Marli van Breda most likely holds the key to the mystery behind who attacked her and murdered her parents, Martin and Teresa van Breda, and older brother Rudi. Her 20-year-old brother, Henri, survived the attack almost completely unscathed and, as a result, has become the focal point of much speculation in the media.

The latest revelation is that Marli’s throat was possibly cut with a knife instead of injured with the axe. She was recently released from the Vergelegen Medi-Clinic in Somerset West after recovering from her wounds for a month and a half and it is still unclear exactly what she remembers. If she can identify her attacker, which will depend on her memory of that night and whether she gives the police a full statement, this might just end up being an open-and-shut case.

The National Prosecuting Authority has received a docket from the police and will need to make a decision soon on whether or not the police have sufficient-enough evidence to carry out an arrest. Questions that need answering are: What was the motive for the brutal attack on the seemingly happy Van Breda family, and who now stands to inherit the R200 million that Martin had made over the years both here and abroad?

Steenkamp’s book on the murders will most likely be published shortly after the trial. Zebra Press will confirm the publication date closer to the time.

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