Dewani: SA’s no slaughter-house – Women’s League

2012-12-10 17:32

The ANC Women’s League has handed a letter to the British High Commission demanding that Shrien Dewani be extradited to South Africa.

“We believe this process has been drawn out unnecessarily,” the ANC Women’s League said in the letter today.

“We implore the courts of the United Kingdom to consider the fact that justice needs to be served here in South Africa.”

It said South African police had worked tirelessly to solve the mystery of Anni Dewani’s murder and believed Shrien had a hand in the crime.

The league wanted Dewani to stand trial for the crimes of which he was accused.

“A strong message needs to be sent to the international community that crime in South Africa, more especially crimes against women, will not be tolerated, and that South Africa is not a slaughter-house where people alleged to have committed crimes can leave the country without standing trial,” it said.

Dewani allegedly orchestrated the murder of his 28-year-old bride, Anni, during a staged car hijacking in Cape Town in November 2010. He has denied the claim.

Last week, a British magistrate set Dewani’s extradition hearing for July 2013, after hearing that he had become a “husk” of a man who suffered from flashbacks of the night his wife was killed, French news agency Agence France Presse reported.

Dewani is being treated at a psychiatric hospital for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

His extradition was halted in March on mental health grounds.

A judge ruled last Monday that he needed several more months to recover, AFP reported.

Chief magistrate Howard Riddle ruled there would be a review hearing on April 11, and that a five-day, full extradition hearing would start on July 1 if Dewani had recovered to the point where he was deemed fit to stand trial.

The Women’s League wanted an independent expert to conduct psychiatric tests on Dewani.

- Sapa

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