Cosatu welcomes Dewani ruling

2011-08-11 14:23

Johannesburg - Cosatu on Thursday welcomed the ruling that Shrien Dewani, accused of organising his wife’s murder on their honeymoon in Cape Town, can be extradited from Britain to South Africa to stand trial.

"Cosatu totally shares the magistrate's complete confidence in the South African justice system and will condemn any move by Dewani's legal team to appeal against the decision," union federation spokesperson Patrick Craven said in a statement.

"Their entire case is based on a groundless attempt to blacken the reputation of our judicial system and prison service."

On Wednesday Judge Howard Riddle told the Belmarsh Magistrate’s Court in southeast London there was a "strong public interest" in Dewani being extradited.

Dewani, 31, denies any involvement in the death of Anni Dewani. She was shot dead in a taxi in Cape Town in November 2010, in an apparent hijacking.

Accused of ordering the attack, Dewani has fought extradition proceedings, saying he was suffering from severe post-traumatic stress.

The application to extradite Dewani would now be passed to Home Secretary Theresa May for a final decision.

  • Stephan Janse van Vuuren - 2011-08-11 14:32

    Stop poking your nose into matters that doesn't concern a trade union Cosatu. You're not a political party. News24, stop publishing BS like this!

      LBS - 2011-08-11 15:11


      Kenno - 2011-08-11 15:42

      I agree! What the hell has this got to do with COSATU? Why dont Cosatu stop all THEIR CRAP with strikes and attempting to make this already dicey country UNgovernable!

      tommy 2 - 2011-08-11 15:45

      So why cant Cosatu have a say on this matter.......... It seems that every one else in the country and on news 24 has something to say..

      biskit - 2011-08-11 15:48

      Knee jerk reaction

      Stephan Janse van Vuuren - 2011-08-11 15:53

      I heard that the entertainment committee of the Putfontein old age home also got an opinion on the Dewani ruling. Can we please give them some free publicity and publish their opinion as well? Get it tommy 2?

      tommy 2 - 2011-08-11 16:47

      @.......Stephan & co One wonders if the headline said N.G. Kerk welcomes DEwani ruling. Would the comments still be about free publicity....

      carinx - 2011-08-11 18:14

      And we haven't seen Steve Hofmeyer's comments yet!

  • Riaan Pretorius - 2011-08-11 14:43

    WP Rugby Union welcomes Dewani ruling, where is that article?

      Xavier - 2011-08-11 15:24

      What do you mean where is the WP article, that is yesterdays news. WP rugby said they will gladly slot Dewani in at Hooker.

  • Beam me up - 2011-08-11 14:46

    Agree what has Cosatu to do with the Dewani case ?

  • StBad - 2011-08-11 14:54

    What, Cosat-who??????

  • Antoinette - 2011-08-11 15:04

    Cosatu........isn't that a union? Why are they sounding like a political party commenting on any event anywhere? Weird.

  • PikeLee - 2011-08-11 15:05

    They want to give him a job in the anc. He has the top qualification (Thug)

  • Robert M - 2011-08-11 15:22

    SAFA and PSL have welcomed the ruling

      nic - 2011-08-11 15:34

      as well as NASA and the chipmunks. Still waiting on the man from Atlantis to give his stamp of approval. Been missing for while though. *shrug*

  • nic - 2011-08-11 15:26

    WTH does Cosato have to do with this? FFS man. You are a union not a political party. bunch of wannabes

  • Rob Gunning - 2011-08-11 15:26

    What has Cosatu got to with legal proceedings in criminal cases??? Are they now also part of the judiciary? Can't they rather keep to stuff they're good at like organising strikes and getting people out of work.

  • Spindoc - 2011-08-11 15:34

    ..the SA Post Office welcomes the Dewani ruling!!

  • Cliff - 2011-08-11 15:36

    What has this got to do with Cosato????? Who the hell does this little Patrick Craven guy think he is?

  • PunkBuster - 2011-08-11 15:38

    Honestly??? What the hell have COSATU got to do with this. I think this journo ran out of leads or people to talk to. I really think we should go and get SPCA's opinion on the current world financial affairs??????? :)

  • letsee - 2011-08-11 15:45

    COSATU has no business to comment on this issue. I know they want to be the RSA government but as yet they are not.

  • biskit - 2011-08-11 15:49

    SA's got Talent!!

  • CPII - 2011-08-11 15:59

    Patrick Craven is an ol' toppie that cannot p*ss over the fence anymore because he hasn't had his prostrate checked in yonks har har har....

  • catij001 - 2011-08-11 16:03

    @ Stephan Janse van Vuuren - I totally agree with you. This has nothing to do with Cosato.

  • Mmoledi - 2011-08-11 16:08

    Britain must just sent the man to South Africa to stand trial because if they fail to do that, then it seems the country must do the same if certain situation can arise and happen in Britain where a South African should be sent to stand trial. If Dewani knows he is innocent and not involved why then is he trying to stop coming here? IT SEEMS AND IS TELLING THE PEOPLE THAT he is involved by trying to stop him being sent here.

  • soba le boya - 2011-08-11 16:53

    trade union aligned to a political party!therefor there is a political interference and the chances are that Dewani might use this in his defence.can cosatu learn from what Cele did and shut up please!!!

  • cava1 - 2011-08-11 16:58

    The title should be: Cosatu, speaking on behalf of their puppet, The SA government, welcomes Dewani ruling

  • Mad Dog - 2011-08-11 17:55

    Who the heck is COSATU?? I thought that it was a Trade Union Association! Now it is commenting on moral matters! They will want a slice of the tax pie soon!

  • Mad Dog - 2011-08-11 17:58

    What is Patrick Craven's history? Probably a failed Liverpool docker!

  • BigMoose - 2011-08-12 16:50

    Papa from Pollsmoor also welcomes the Dewani ruling.

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