Dewani ring not taken: Report

By Drum Digital
11 March 2013

A diamond ring found on the back seat of the car honeymooner Anni Dewani was killed in proves it was not a robbery, her family told British newspaper The Sun.

Pictures of the ring, valued at R340,000, were published in the newspaper at the weekend. The photos were supplied by her family.

"These pictures tell their own story," Dewani's uncle Ashok Hindocha was quoted as saying.

"If this was a robbery, why would they leave behind a UK25,000 ring," he asked.

The Star newspaper also carried the report on its front page on Monday afternoon.

Other photos, but not published in The Sun, showed Dewani sprawled dead in the taxi, with her black mini-dress neatly in place on her body.

It was not forced up or hiked around her waist, and her shoes were still strapped on her ankles.

The family said this proved claims of the killer's motives being of a sexual nature were false.

They believed she was a victim of a hit, and not a robbery or sexual crime.

Dewani and her husband Shrien were allegedly hijacked in Gugulethu in November 2010, two weeks after they were married.

They were on their honeymoon and were being escorted around the city by taxi driver Zola Tongo.

It is alleged that Shrien hired Tongo to have Dewani killed.

Tongo and accomplices Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Monde Mbolombo have admitted their roles in the murder and, under plea bargain agreements, have received lighter sentences in exchange for their testimony against Shrien and hitman Xolile Mngeni.

Mngeni, 25, has been convicted of firing the bullet that killed Dewani.

Shrien is the only one still to face trial in connection with the killing.

-by Sapa

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