Triple axe murderer Henri van Breda will be sentenced in the High Court in Cape Town on Thursday.
He was found guilty of the murder of his father, mother, brother and the attempted murder of his sister at the De Zalze Estate in Stellenbosch in 2015.
Van Breda was also convicted on a charge of defeating the ends of justice.
He maintains he is innocent. It was his defence that the family was attacked by an axe wielding intruder.
He was 20 years old at the time of the murders and is a first time offender. These were some of the factors that his defence team asked the court to take into account during sentencing procedures.
The State however argued that Van Breda showed no remorse and instead spoke of his own pain and suffering.
The State wants the court to impose the maximum sentence. Van Breda faces at least three life terms.