Axe attack survivor Marli van Breda’s lawyer has been granted curatorship of the teen after she turns 18 this week.
Advocate Louise Buikman said she was granted curatorship after she filed a report the Western Cape High Court “regarding Marli’s current progress” and reasons why she needed to remain under curatorship.
“The court endorsed that I should remain on in my capacity as curator ad litem to assist Marli in legal proceedings and that I will also confirm all major decisions relating to Marli‚ which include her therapy and schooling‚ in consultation with Marli’s family‚ her teachers and therapists‚” said Buikman.
Marli and her brother Henri are the only survivors of a brutal axe attack in their luxury home in the De Zalze high security estate near Stellenbosch in January 2015.
Her oldest brother Rudi‚ mother Theresa‚ and father Martin were killed. Marli sustained serious injuries included a severed jugular. According to Buikman she sustained retrograde amnesia and could not remember the attack.
Her youngest brother Henri has since been arrested and charged with the murder. He is on R100‚000 bail pending trial. He was also arrested for alleged possession of dagga in September with his girlfriend.
She said despite this‚ Marli is making “remarkable progress” and “her determination to succeed is inspirational“.
“Before the end of January 2018 I will again report to the High Court regarding Marli’s progress to determine if she still requires a curator to assist her‚” said Buikman.
High Court Judge James Yekiso made granted strict arrangements when it came to media reporting on Marli including:
– “Buikman SC shall be the only person who will liaise with the media.
– The media shall exercise exceptional care and consideration when reporting about Marli.
– Marli is not to be interviewed or photographed by the media without the prior consent of Buikman SC‚ which consent shall not unreasonably be withheld;
– The media shall exercise special care and consideration in reporting on matters involving the private life and personal concerns of Marli‚ accepting that legitimate public interest in her may be involved.”
– TMG Digital/Cape Newsroom