ANCWL gathers outside Dewani court

2014-04-08 11:12
ANCWL members stand outside the Western Cape High Court holding placards and pictures of Anni Dewani. (Jerusha Sukhdeo-Raath, News24)

ANCWL members stand outside the Western Cape High Court holding placards and pictures of Anni Dewani. (Jerusha Sukhdeo-Raath, News24)

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Cape Town - Members of the ANC Women's League gathered outside the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday ahead of the arrival of honeymoon murder-accused Shrien Dewani.

"We are here because of this man who just came to our country to kill someone, his wife," claimed the league's Gugulethu chairperson Zukiswa Malima.

"We are against people killing women and children."

The league members sang and danced outside the court.

"We want the family of Anni [Dewani] to be happy about the outcome of the trial. We want a fair trial. We support particularly the family of Anni," said Bulelwa Tinto, a member of the league's provincial task team, outside the court.

"We've been following this case since it happened and we want to make sure due processes are followed... The court will do their processes and we don't want to hinder that."

'Justice for Anni'

Some held up pictures of Dewani's wife, Anni. Others held posters which read "Justice for Anni".

Dewani landed at Cape Town International Airport earlier on a private aircraft.

When he appears in court, he is expected to be charged with conspiracy to commit murder and defeating the ends of justice.

Inside the court, members of the media were told they were not allowed to take pictures of Dewani.

A policeman addressed reporters and cameramen inside courtroom one and made it clear that all camera equipment should be removed by 10:45.

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The officer said the media were not allowed to take pictures as per order of the justice department.

On Monday, reporters were told they could apply to the court - formally through lawyers - to Judge President John Hlophe if they wanted to convince him otherwise.

Media24 has applied to Hlophe to film the whole proceeding, and were still awaiting an outcome. It was not clear if any other media group has applied.

Dewani claimed he and his wife were kidnapped at gunpoint as they drove through Gugulethu in Cape Town in a taxi in November 2010.

The couple had been on honeymoon in the country. He was released unharmed, but his wife's body was found in the abandoned car the next day. She had been shot dead.

Xolile Mngeni was convicted of the murder and jailed for life.

Prosecutors allege Dewani hired him to kill his wife. Two other alleged accomplices are also already serving jail terms in connection with the crime.

Dewani has denied any part in the murder.


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