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My Open Letter to Shrien Dewani

05 November 2011, 14:04

Shrien, I am sure by now you know the whole world knows that you are alleged to being the mastermind behind the murder of your wife, Anni, on November 13 2010. 

Poor Anni. If only she knew when she thought she was coming to this beautiful country for honeymoon that she was going to be killed like a dog. Even dogs are not killed like that anymore. Or at least not where I come from.

You allegedly paid Zola Tongo R15 000, your driver at the time, to have your wife killed in Cape Town during your honeymoon. Tongo told the Western Cape High Court how you plotted the murder of your wife. He, however, was sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment – a sentence the African National Congress Women’s League said was “lenient and undermines our nation’s commitment to ensure that all those who perpetuate violence against women are removed from our society” – after pleading guilty to the murder of your wife, claiming that you had recruited him to find people to assist with a staged hijacking of Anni. Does this make you sick to your head?

You have since tried every stupid trick in the book to have the chance of your being extradited to South African thwarted. You even went out of your way to hire Publicist Max Clifford to speak on your behalf, an act which I believe raises more questions about your action, or lack thereof. Yes, you may have denied killing Anni but that is still not enough. I am surprised that the man of your alleged state of mind could go to such an extent. Your state of mind is apparently not in a good space such that you need to be separated from the rest of us. That includes your family.

How do you live and feel knowing and hearing that your wife died the way she did? Do you feel anything at all? And if you do, would you not want to see justice being done irrespective of the state of your health? I mean the world over needs you to tell us exactly what you know, if you know anything at all. And if you know nothing, would you not want to take a stand before the world and swear before God and tell nothing but the truth that you don’t know a thing about what actually happened to your dear wife and or how it happened?  We need you in the court room standing and denying that. Not your publicist! We all need some closure. Annie’s parents do need closure, and you owe them that much. If your parents do not need that closure of their now late daughter-in-laugh, blame them not us.

From where I stand you will do what you seem to know best to make sure that you never set your foot in South Africa and that you are not extradited to this country to tell the world what you know. Or even what you don’t remember.

Your resistance and tricks you have displaced to date makes me wonder whether you ever loved your wife and that if you did how much you actually did and whether this is what you can show for it. I mean, I would die wanting to know that the love of my love – my wife that is – her soul is at peace and that if she is looking down on me, she can see justice being that do the culprits that had taken her life away from me. Clearly that’s not what you intend doing. You have displaced the behaviour of something who is hiding something – the truth of what happened that night your wife died and that you would rather remain locked up in that mental institution with memories of that night and prefer not to share them with the world. Not the courts, not her family and not even with your heart.

Shrien, again, if you really loved, care for and adored your wife, you would do what the honourable husband would do in memory of his wife: seeking the truth and seeing to it that justice is served as soon as possible. This is because our courts are ready to continue with the case but you are stalling this entire process. For what, to save your face? And if you really and truly loved Annie – given these tricks – then you have a funny way of showing it.

There are reports (see also here) that you have been linked to the assassination in October 2007 of popular King William’s Town doctor, Pox Raghavjee. Raghavjee was apparently your family friend and his son, Krischen, who is said to live in Bristol, is a close friend of yours. 

Your continued silly resistance to being extradited to South Africa to face the music and explaining your side of the story will result in Anni’s family believing that what you did [allegedly killing Anni] is 'unforgivable', as Anni’s sister, Ami Denborg once told UK’s Times newspaper. Further, you resistance to come and proof your innocence before our court leaves many of us highly suspecting that indeed you might have played a role – directly or otherwise – in the murder of your wife.

So the only reasonable thing you can do now is to come to South Africa and clear your name. I mean, for once in your miserable life, just be a man about it, damnit.

Pissed off South African,

Akanyang Merementsi

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