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Cops quiz Shrien Dewani’s ex

2011-01-31 12:03

Cape Town - An ex-fiancée of honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani has been quizzed by police, UK newspaper The Mirror reported on Monday.

Rani Kansagra, 26, from Middlesex, is the daughter of an Indian airline tycoon.

A police source told The Mirror: “She was very obliging and gave detectives a statement about their time together, details about their life and why they split up.

“The statements will go before his extradition hearing in London next month.”

Dewani met Kansagra in 2008 and they got engaged after a few months.

Relationship soon over

According to British newspaper, The Telegraph, they had a celebratory party in December 2008, inviting close friends and family. But just two months later the relationship was over.

The Telegraph spoke to a source last year who said: “Their personalities just didn’t work out. They knew each other only relatively shortly. Perhaps that didn’t help.”

A relative of Kansagra said her father tried to help bring them back together but Dewani was having none of it.

“It was a bit surprising how quickly it happened and then ended,” the source said.

“Of course he tried to talk to Shrien, but there was no going back, he had made up his mind. I think it was just one of those things that was not to be.” Dewani and Kansagra have not spoken to each other since.

German male sex worker

Then, a year-and-a-half later, Dewani got engaged to Anni Hindocha and they were married in November 2010.

British-born Dewani is accused of plotting to have his wife killed in an apparent staged hijacking in Gugulethu, Cape Town.

The interview comes after police quizzed a German male sex worker known as the German Master who claims that Dewani paid for sex with him three times, but the Briton denies the allegations.

Dewani is due to appear in the City of Westminster Magistrate's Court on February 8 for his next extradition hearing.

Comments
  • HomerSimpson - 2011-01-31 12:48

    She must be glad that she never married him otherwise we would be reading about her now and not Anni

      brianR - 2011-01-31 12:55

      doh!!

      sayusayme - 2011-01-31 17:42

      a small que thats buggin me. did this tonga guy not say he was short of cash? he took a life for Rs 1000 who gave him money to pay for a private lawyer?

      lenand40 - 2011-01-31 18:47

      @sayusayme Are you sure he has a private lawyer?

  • TheWasp - 2011-01-31 13:11

    Well Max Clifford is going to get tarred and feathered if his 'squeeky clean' client is found guilty - his reputation will be scarred!

      Trevor - 2011-02-01 10:26

      He had a bad reputation coming into this...

  • logical007 - 2011-01-31 13:21

    What will or did Dewani hope to gain by killing Anni? There was no money to be inherited? So why did he kill her?? By now under all the stress he is under do you not believe if he had killed Anni he would have 'boken down' and admitted it?? Lets look at who actually inherits Annis' money. Stop believing the medias heresay. There is more to this story than meets the eye!

      ET - 2011-01-31 14:07

      Hmmm, this so called hijacking does not fit the M.O. of most hijackings in SA. There is def more to this. Daar is 'n groot, vet slang in die gras. BTW, people don't just kill other people for money.

      Ingie - 2011-01-31 14:23

      Well who knows maybe she knew something and he was scared she would tittle tale so the only solution..kill her. maybe she found out he was gay and he was scared it wuld get out. There is always a reason for a murder.

      lldoidge - 2011-01-31 14:42

      Just maybe, he wanted to ditch her as well but the wedding plans had gone too far. He would have been frowned on in his community if he had ditched his second bride to be. THAT is the MOTIVE!

      ronbonjon - 2011-01-31 14:51

      He was thinking of his german gigolo thats why he killed her!

      Krush - 2011-01-31 15:10

      @ET... People don't just kill other people for money? A granny got hacked to death with an axe for R20.00. Here you get murdered for loose change.

      DeonL - 2011-01-31 15:51

      He might have murdered her due to the lack of money he thought he might get from her dad. Too many evidence points at him. He might be anxious because he was caught out.

      Flee - 2011-01-31 15:54

      She figured out he was gay... gonna go to his dad and the press so she offed him... I mean the Lean Mean German Pimpin machine said so....

      Nice Guy - 2011-01-31 17:37

      Maybe it was the butler? The butler is always guilty

      Jay - 2011-02-01 08:12

      Firstly ET you are an idiot, people get killed for money everyday!!! Secondly if the allegations of him being a homosexual are true, then the murder makes sense, let me explain. If he gets married and his wife is murdered he can live the rest of his life as a widower without anyone, family or friends questioning it. He can have male lover staying over at his place without a wife asking questions, also dont forget the travel insurance. If i pay for airline tickets with my credit card the holders of those tickets are automatically given life insurance while travelling of a couple of million, im sure they case with them is even more.

      SYLVERSTAR - 2011-02-01 18:59

      he's a poofda

      sayusayme - 2011-02-01 21:53

      jAY: which credit card gives life insurance??? you probably have never had a credit card

  • bill - 2011-01-31 13:49

    The German was his personal trainer and whipped him into shape for his honeymoon.

      Bandit - 2011-02-01 13:03

      ahhh zis baton ...ver shall ve put zis

  • Foreigner - 2011-01-31 14:04

    This preoccupation with this 1 murder case in a sea of 40,000.00 annual murders is simply baffling and totally defies logic. Murders are a daily occurrence is SA. They are normal and part of the national psyche. Add to that a police commissioner who makes a complete fool of himself by passing off foolish comments about this case, while saying nothing about the other 39,999.00 murders. Some advice to Cele and his ilk. No amount of face-saving is going to work with stupid comments on this case given the astronomical murder stats in the country. You know it, the entire world knows. Then do us a favour and shut up and do the job a policeman is meant do. But then given the culture of criminality in your country I wish you luck! Because you really gonna need it.

      ronbonjon - 2011-01-31 14:55

      I take great exception to foreigners that think they can use SA as a dumping ground - we will make an example of this murderer, and avoid another FOREIGNER trying his luck again - oh yes and stay where you are we dont want you

      Paul - 2011-01-31 15:05

      There is a large amount of INTERNATIONAL interest in this case. Granted, South Africa has a mind-boggling murder statistic, but few that appear to have been orchestrated by a visiting tourist, on his honeymoon, with his spouse as victim. Sure Cele has spoken out of turn on many occassion, but from what I hear he is liked by the general SA public due to his tough, straight no-nonsense style - I hear that the police have had good success in shoot outs against arm robbers when shot at. SA cetainly has a murder problem, but good that folk all round the world can stand up and point finger to someone from a priviledged and religious background who should not be dabbling in the same. Peace to Anni Dewani...

      watalife - 2011-01-31 15:11

      Guess we will not hear from you once this killer is found guilty. As for MAD Max with all his stupid comments he is no better than Cele, ask that stupid asshole MAD max to stay far away from SA i would personally like to chuck a lekker(nice)vrot(bad)Egg(pommie)at him. Box(doos)you are

      ronbonjon - 2011-01-31 15:20

      Well said Paul - calm and clear :)

      Alwyn - 2011-01-31 15:29

      @watalife ,looks like you are a know it all here as well,Verbal diaree should be you nickname due to all the crap coming out of it.

      Kaleidoscope - 2011-01-31 15:47

      Are you one of the flood victim's from Australia? Then it would be one less foreigner we have to feel sorry for.

      DeonL - 2011-01-31 15:55

      Your figures are a bit out. The murders are less than 18 000 per year, but still too many. TB and HIV/Aids kills much more a day, up to 1000 per day, against about 48 murders a day. You are far more likely to die from a disease in SA than a murder, but I agree these figures are appaling.

      Ryanbrew - 2011-01-31 16:20

      Foreigner - I would like to know where you get your statistics for the SA Murder rate, because you are only out by 23000! For the year ended 31 March 2010 the number of people murdered in SA was 16,834. This is still ridiculously high (and completely unacceptable), but your figures are way off base. If you are going to be that far out of line, then I find myself questioning anything else you could possibly have to say!!!!!! GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT BEFORE YOU MAKE FACTLESS COMMENTS.

      CAD59 - 2011-01-31 17:25

      @Ryanbrew: foreigner was talking about the exchange rate between SA and whatever shithole he lives in "...40,000.00... ...39,999.00". As for the 'stupid' comments from commissioner Cele, that may be so but with his approach, the cops no longer go to gunfights with their hands tied behind their backs. I like his style and foreigner, the COURTS will decide on Dewani's guilt or lack thereof, not commissioner Cele so, crawl back under your rock and STFU. It's assholes like you with distorted facts that paint a picture worse than it is about this country.

      SimplyTumi - 2011-01-31 23:12

      the .00 implies that there are instatces where you could have a .76 murder! Now, that DEFIES logic!

      Dave - 2011-02-03 08:45

      Cele claims that new damning evidence will be presented at the trial. I predict there won't ever be a trial! There won't be any "new evidence" because there is no evidence (other than the word of a self confessed criminal taxi driver hoping for a lighter sentence. Any factual (not circumstantial evidence) will be in favour of Dewani. I challenge anyone to put any "water tight factual evidence" forward that would be taken seriously. Dewani's hot-shot defence team will tear it to pieces. Cele and co are really up against it. They are hoping that Dewani won't be extradited. Even if Dewani does come back and if our justice system is fair - Dewani will be found not guilty! Cele and co know this and want to avoid further embarrassment!

      Dave - 2011-02-03 09:05

      Foreigner - you are more right than wrong with your murder statistics. 17,000 is the official police stat, however, we all know how crime stats are manipulated. Besides, what about all the vigilante bush murders we never hear about? So, spot on Foreigner, there's nowhere to hide the truth.

  • sjackson - 2011-01-31 15:53

    i still want to know when is Shiren coming back to SA and why is it taking so long to them to send/bring him back. he must stand trial here in SA where the crime was committed.

      ZACKIE - 2011-01-31 16:22

      he is innocent until proven guilty by a court of law

      AnneB - 2011-01-31 17:40

      @JACKIE - I think that is precisely the point sjackson is making. sjackson is asking when is Shrien going to stand trial in South Africa. Is that not the premise of "innocent until proven guilty"?

      sayusayme - 2011-01-31 18:48

      he will return when we stop seeing our own media reporting thins like "rape evidence dumped by cops", "ballistics office broken into by cop", "cop convicted of rape charges" it is our own media that is on trial

      Susannomore - 2011-02-01 06:45

      Next trial is 8 February - stay with the programme. They cannot go extraditing willy-nilly...

      emmamimie - 2011-02-01 12:02

      sjackson, by his publicists comments this morning, he might just die on us, then we will not have the satisfaction of seeing him and his publicist crawl back into their holes. He guilty that that he did not help Anni is eating him up, suffer if the courts dont get you someone will.

  • sayusayme - 2011-01-31 17:41

    a small que thats buggin me. did this tonga guy not say he was short of cash? he took a life for Rs 1000 who gave him money to pay for a private lawyer?

  • Shane - 2011-01-31 18:16

    Pollmoor awaits you dewani !!!!!!! hahahah

  • sayusayme - 2011-01-31 19:04

    shame on us, yes shame on me, you, everyone on dis page. look at the other news "PE victims found dead", "police charged for rape". now reed the comments made by us. shame we care so much for 1 murder where by some magic powers the cops catch, convict and jail the killers in 1 week. why are they not doin the same for all the thousands of dear ones me, you lost? do we need to be a foreigner to get justice? or have the cops knocked the wrong people this time. no sense.

  • gkfletch - 2011-01-31 19:10

    I think its very strange for him to have taken his wife into a township. The last place I would go would be a township, even during the day.. at night you must be a... what did Cele say again....??? Why is he still in the UK, go back to SA to state your case.

  • Shane - 2011-01-31 19:12

    Dewani get a copy gof ross kemps gangs and watch the south africa obe on gangs in sa prison bra . see what is waiting for you . youre gona some gansters " wyfie " , you are going to be so sorry for your cowardice actions . they will lock you in cell full murders , rapists etc and they will ahve a turn with you and hope fully you will get what you deserve .

  • News - 2011-01-31 21:51

    Will Justice be Prevailed for Anni Hindocha??? http://www.newscollective.com/blog/?p=3287 http://www.gopetition.com/petition/41710.html Lets show the world that justice cannot be supressed…

  • marco - 2011-01-31 23:30

    Wow what a tosser this man Dewani is hey.He plays his cards really deviously and deceptively right I just hope your South African authorities don't get shifted off the beaten track to badly by his cunning,deviating course of actions he chose to take and somehow lose track of the whole mumbo-jumbo nonsense of his.Like the British media said a few weeks ago "Shrien Dewani 'too ill to attend extradition hearing' and Honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani failed to turn up to his extradition hearing–because he was too ill,his representative, Max Clifford,told court officials...or the other K@K that he was suffering from acute stress disorder and this K@K "Ensure my safety and I’ll stand trial in South Africa...to burn him alive if he comes to South Africa...what guarantees can be given for my safety...prevent having to face justice in South Africa",says Dewani.He knows he has to answer questions in South Africa about this murder and the incriminating evidence against him there are no two ways about it why though he persist in the route he taking by playing hardball with our justice system defy's belief really.Worst case scenario is that UK officials come out and say Dewani is to sick to stand trial and that this case disappears down into history as one of the many Unsolved Cases and Murder Mysteries.

      amanda.g - 2011-02-01 07:53

      And that Marco is what will happen, the case will run cold.

  • Lerato - 2011-02-01 08:38

    Surely the extradition hearing was scheduled for last month and was postponed to Feb because this Shrien was ill. Why are we still interviewing people, does it mean we were not PREPARED for the hearing last month??

      jon lol - 2011-02-01 11:06

      the more evidence the better.

      Xolani - 2011-02-02 09:04

      @ HarryDampers - I guess you the useless one buddy, If you had bothered to READ you would have noticed that its Scotland Yard that's doing the interviews not the SAPS

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-02-01 08:47

    Shrien must be gay in order to kill a beautiful women like Anni

      jon lol - 2011-02-01 11:07

      that is n stupid comment and so out of depth, seems like you till living in the 70's

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-02-01 08:48

    what a shocking story

  • BigBrother24 - 2011-02-01 09:14

    Law is a DIRTY GAME and it attracts DIRTY LAWYERS. See a full bouquet of Dirty Tricks that Dirty Lawyers commit - google respondsa.co.za

  • BigBrother24 - 2011-02-01 09:17

    Law is a DIRTY GAME and it attracts DIRTY LAWYERS. See a full bouquet of Dirty Tricks that Dirty Lawyers commit - google respondsa.co.za

  • PhilipC - 2011-02-01 12:05

    With these credentials Shrien should be made a South African Citizen and made leader of the ANCYL. Julius, here is a man who has the same moral fibre as you.

  • Pattib - 2011-02-01 14:01

    Are Anni's parents rich too like this previous girlfriend? If so (since his business is said to be in trouble),he might have married Anni to then stage a kidnapping and rescue his business with the ransom money. did Tonga hear correctly when they weredoing the deal? maybe they said kidnap not kill. or maybe the actual killers panicked and killed instead of kidnapping. in any case that is my twisted theory of what the motive could have been. eish this dude!wish he could have just left poor alone not married her at all

  • solo.saunders - 2011-02-01 21:48

    He's probaly as gay as a they come, and the only way not to stay in a straight relantionship was to 'off' her and pretend to mourn her, thereby escaping marriage again in his parents eys? just a theory...

      Nico - 2011-02-01 23:20

      a k@k theory

  • oakfield - 2011-02-03 09:54

    Some weeks ago a Cape Town newspaper had a report from a female student witness who said she saw the murder car with the back door open. Anni was lying in a pool of blood with her panties down to her knees and her skirt up around her waist. The cops shooed her away and closed the door. The witness fears for her life. That was the report and I have seen nothing since about this. Could it be that the killer had the gun in his hand as he was trying to rape her, but she struggled and the gun went off, hence the neck wound (and not the head). The killers panicked and fled the scene. How does that sound?

      Dave - 2011-02-03 12:19

      That's exactly what happened! All will be revealed - watch this space!

      Nico - 2011-02-03 18:06

      I also read that....since then NOTHING again about it. Most of the people forgot about it.

  • Shankar.selina.Anuska - 2011-02-03 10:55

    If you are tried of your spouse, VISIT South Africa for a quickie!!

  • erule07 - 2011-02-27 21:38

    There is absolutely NOTHING this far that links Shrien to Anni's death - not a SINGLE shred of evidence - and Cele KNOWS it. Tonga got 18 years before the investigation even STARTED and he did not even pull the trigger?! But then he turned state witness against Shrien . . . does ANY of this make sense..? NO ways . . . Tonga & his mates planned to milk Shrien for ransom money and then Anni was accidentally wounded fatally (in her neck!) by a random shot and the whole scheme collapsed. I hope Shrien sue the SA Police and press to Kingdom come - 80 % of SA cops are convicts, including Cele . .. what does THAT say?

  • nomthandazo mkhabela - 2011-08-10 16:07

    Dewani must go to hell for all i care, he must pay for what he did. he deserves to die too, because nomatter what happens Anni wont come back!!!! He is a sissy !!!!!! :-(

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