Dewani claims SA cops 'setting him up'

2010-11-25 14:29

Cape Town - The South African police on Thursday refused to comment on apparent claims by the husband of murdered tourist Anni Dewani that he is being “set up” by them.

UK newspaper The Daily Mail quoted sources close to Shrien Dewani, 31, as saying that South African investigators are trying to pin the murder of his wife on him instead of a local as it would look better for the country.

But several attempts by News24 to get comment from South African Police Force members on the matter were unsuccessful.

“We cannot make anymore comments regarding this (investigation) until the court case,” Western Cape police spokesperson Frederick van Wyk told News24. 

Shrien Dewani has also hired top South African divorce and criminal attorney Billy Gundelfinger and UK publicist Max Clifford.

'Mass murder in SA'

The British newspaper quoted sources close to Shrien Dewwani as saying that the businessman was in an “absolutely dreadful state” about returning to Cape Town to identify the robbers who shot dead his wife on their honeymoon.

One friend told the newspaper: “We are just increasingly conscious that there are some people who are definitely trying to set him up.

“It suits them because an English guy who has done this would be much less damaging to South Africa than if one of their own had done it.

“They’re all corrupt. They are all taking bribes. There is mass murder everywhere, and every time one of these guys gets caught, they try to say anything to reduce their sentence. That’s how the system is.

“The police are whispering furiously to the South African media. We understand what’s going on. There’s a lot at stake.

“Let’s see what proof they come up with.”

Another person close to Dewani added: “The fear is that the police are looking for a hook to hang this on in order to protect tourism because there are British citizens involved.

“If they can muddy the waters with allegations that it was something more than a robbery, that works for them.”

Contradicting statements

But the millionaire home care owner has in the days since the murder made contradicting statements regarding what exactly happened.

Anni, 28, was shot after she and her husband of just two weeks were hijacked in Gugulethu, outside Cape Town.

Shrien initially told Britain’s The Sun tabloid that the couple went into the township because Anni wanted to see the "real Africa".

Days later he told the same tabloid that it was the driver who advised them to go and see some “African dancing” in Gugulethu.

He also told the Mail a few days after the attack that it happened three minutes after leaving the highway but then The Sun reported him as saying that they had earlier been driven to a restaurant in Gugulethu, presumably Mzoli’s.

However, Mzoli’s closes at 19:00 and the Dewanis had driven into the township at 23:00 after going to a restaurant in Somerset West.

The Daily Mail quoted Clifford as saying that the couple decided to go into Gugulethu after Anni spoke about plans to go dancing back in Britain, and their driver overheard and suggested he take them to a place where they could see African dancing.

The husband also initially said he was “dumped through the back of the passenger window as the car was moving”. But he told The Sun: “They couldn’t get me out because the child locks were activated, so they ended up dragging me struggling and screaming out of the window.”

Getting medical attention

Three people have been arrested for the murder, including the driver of the car, Zola Tongo.

Gundelfinger was quoted by the Mail as saying: “Mr Dewani is fully co-operating with the police. He left the country with the police's permission. He has nothing to hide.

“This was quite simply a criminal act to rob the Dewanis. Nothing more. Any insinuation that he was involved is absolutely scurrilous.

“I spent the whole of Monday with Mr Dewani in the UK and I can tell you that he is absolutely devastated. He broke down twice during our conversation.’

The lawyer refused to discuss the matter further as he said the case was under investigation.

In a statement issued through Clifford, Shrien’s brother, Preyen Dewani, said: “As you can imagine he has been severely traumatised by the country and the specific threats that he too may be a target in the South African press.

“He is currently receiving medical assistance to help deal with the trauma. The family are in constant contact with the police and are fully co-operating with their investigation.”

Frustrated father

Anni’s Swedish father Vimod Hindocha says he is frustrated with the “inconsistencies” in the inquiry into his daughter’s death.

Speaking to The Daily Mail on Wednesday, Hindocha, 61, said: “My mind is in turmoil. I am in despair. I have spoken with my son-in-law but there are far more questions than answers.”

Hindocha  said he is “not happy” with lack of detail given to him about the investigation by the SA police as well as his son-in-law’s differing statements about what happened on the fateful night.

Asked if he thought Shrien was involved in Anni’s murder, Hindocha replied: “No comment.”

Although police have publicly declared Mr Dewani is not a suspect, unnamed sources have apparently said he does merit further attention.

In Anni’s home town of Mariestad - a four-hour drive from Stockholm - her uncle Ashok, said: “We cannot include or exclude anybody or anything while the investigation is ongoing. We place our trust in the South African police and the Swedish government at this time.”

  • Gorilla - 2010-11-25 14:39

    Methinks the man doth protest too much...

      vinnythesaff - 2010-11-25 15:35

      for truth, ye man of insight...

      Davie - 2010-11-25 15:42

      I agree..he is trying too hard to prove his "innocence". Tells me he has been reading all the publicity in the media..Thats how he can make such acquisitions. We all that have been following this case knows that SAPS have never made any statements or made any acquisitions about him being a suspect. The Bugger is hanging himself.

  • Linus - 2010-11-25 14:45

    Why does he hire Max and Billy if he is innocent? These guys do not come cheap - I think he's got something to hide. Why waste many thousands of pounds if he's not guilty?

      wesleywt - 2010-11-25 15:30

      Ask that when the police pulls you over for no reason and violate your rights.

      Observer - 2010-11-25 15:55

      Never mind that, isn't he deep in debt? How is he affording the costs? Maybe someone with a better grasp of economics could explain.

      green_goblin - 2010-11-25 16:48

      @wesleywt.. the police did not pull him over and his rights have not been violated. hiring a lawyer I can understand if he thinks that they are suspicious of his involvement. But hiring a publicist???? I think someone is trying to hard to paint a pretty pink picture over his head.

      Heather - 2010-11-25 21:13

      Most people who can afford it would hire a publicist as reporters say what they think will sell papers - not what was said. Ask anyone who has been "quoted" in a paper. The publicist will deal with that problem. Only the signed statements made to the police should be considered as "his version" not what any paper has quoted. Most businesses run on debt and every single company in Britain is feeling the pinch right now so that is not really evidence. They had not nominated eachother as beneficiaries yet and he will not benefit financially from her death. He does look terribly guilty but so far (as we know) there is only circumstantial evidence. Nothing he can be charged with. But, the police might know a whole lot more than they are sharing. One thing IS sure though, this was NOT your average random highjacking. The police have been known to be very innovative when they need a conviction but the whole world is watching. They will not make a move unless they are 100% sure of a conviction.

      AJ - 2010-11-26 05:38

      @observer, there are many with millions in the bank whilst they company they run shows losses. Separate legal entities.

      Homer - 2010-11-26 09:57

      Why drive a Merc when you can drive a Tata??

      U1 - 2010-11-26 12:35

      Ask the same question about the Lotz case? It cost Fred's pearents a couple of farms to prove their son is innocent. The police investigators are not unbaised. In their eyes every husband is a killer.

  • egmaarman - 2010-11-25 14:47

    "Absolutely dreadful state", but apparently he was in a rather chirpy state when he left, so does this piece of "evidence" say something? That perhaps he may be nervous of facing the General a.k.a Chuck Norris? Does our Chuck Norris intimidate him? I wonder why…

  • U1 - 2010-11-25 14:48

    Well, the pinheads in the SAPS will always take the easy way out and that is to blame the partner/husband. Look at the Lotz case.

      carinx - 2010-11-25 15:01

      okay you come up with the correct name then. pleeeeze we're all dying to know who did it - in both these cases.

      pointblankza - 2010-11-25 15:33

      One example... woooo

      Katlego - 2010-11-25 16:21

      to me it makes no difference were you are in the world, but for your wife to be murdered under those circumstances and for the police not to look into you as a suspect would be doing a diservice and again you would still not be impressed with that (assuming)...

      Nicko Minaj - 2010-11-26 07:44

      Thank you Katlego. Well said.

      Lauren - 2010-11-26 08:40

      Agreed, Katlego. It's very much standard practice all over the world, because, like it or not, it quite often turns out to be somebody close to the victim who "pulled" the trigger. It's convenient to villify the SA SAPS for including standard procedure in their investigations.

      green_goblin - 2010-11-26 14:04

      I'm sorry but when the factt hat even the father in law cannot get straight answers from his son in law it means to me and even suspects

  • MrSpiderman - 2010-11-25 14:56

    Welcome to RSA where everyone gets framed but the culprit! Hey JuJu and JZ?

      pointblankza - 2010-11-25 15:33

      Juju and JZ is everyone?

      DeonL - 2010-11-26 16:09

      Pointblanc he probably meant that Mr JZ and JM got away / is getting away with crimes because they have / had connections.

  • Wow! - 2010-11-25 14:57

    We have had the case of the Police trying to set up Fred van Veyfer in the Lotz case. The certainly are capable of doing this.

      Phillip - 2010-11-25 18:57

      fred got away, because of bumbling police, not becase he was innocent... in this case, there r to manyquestions...

      Nadja v Emme - 2010-11-26 14:27

      @ Phillip: Fred did not get away, he had an alibi for the day of the murder and millions of rands later finally has proven his innocense, if you have followed the Lotz case you would have realised that a druggie had confessed to the murder and the police simply ignored him because they had already placed to much suspicion on Fred and did not want to look like the idiots they were to admit their fault.And if you think he still got away, he will never have a normal life again as his name was ruined for life by "bumbling police", I'd personally rather call them something more like bloody stupid police work and trying to take the easy way out by making up false evidence police...

      DeonL - 2010-11-26 16:12

      I agree with Nadja, Fred had an alibi and another person confessed. If it was not for the slander case against the police another person might already have been in the court for this crime.

  • Shistirrer - 2010-11-25 15:03

    I smelled a rat the first time I heard this story. There are just too many things that don't make sense. Watch this space... :-)

      cindy.harrison2 - 2010-11-29 14:43

      I agree Shistirrer.....100%!

  • JDuvenhage - 2010-11-25 15:06

    For a start - I will not be surprised if the police try to hide something. If you look at the crime in the police force itself, it would paint a better picture. Point that the police is a corrupt state in itself cannot be dismissed. However, quote: “They couldn’t get me out because the child locks were activated, so they ended up dragging me struggling and screaming out of the window.” – No bruises, cuts or even a scratch? You scream and struggle like a mad man and some seriously screwed SA criminal would either beat you or put a bullet in you. I am itching to see what this story will bring us.

      alfred - 2010-11-25 15:21

      If the child locks were activated it would only mean the doors couldnt be opened from the inside. From the outside the doors would work fine. Strange indeed.

      WhyLikeThis - 2010-11-25 15:26

      Child locks, I thought they only work from the inside of the car?

      Grant Wright - 2010-11-25 15:47

      The bloody AGENT from UK

      CAD59 - 2010-11-25 16:12

      Child locks? Who is he kidding?

      green_goblin - 2010-11-25 16:52

      Personally I think he has investigated this in order to try and set this up (debt, wife murdered, debt free) I just don't think he has done his homework properly on hijackings in South Africa. If he was "kicking and screaming" like he says he would have had a bullet between his eyes

      ebdg3000 - 2010-11-25 19:41

      Exactly, Alfred, that's the first thing that crossed my mind.

      Nicko Minaj - 2010-11-26 07:49

      Eish, thank you Alfred. That's why I'll never be an investigator. I overlooked that bit of detail. Child locks? Any why would the child locks be activated, if you got two adults sitting in the back? Can you imagine how many times the driver would have to open from the outside?

      henk - 2010-11-26 08:14

      The funny thing about those child locked doors is that they must have been using the doors to get in AND OUT from the car the whole time that they were using the shuttle service. We all know that it is a bit of an effort to activate those, and that no hijacker will even think of doing that at that moment

      Lauren - 2010-11-26 08:43

      Agreed, Nicko. His comment is pretty random.

      Revolutionary Man - 2010-11-26 13:47

      @Alfred... 100% correct! Either the man is so nervous about maybe not struggling for the wife, or he's got alot to hide in his involvement... I'm seriously hoping it's his nervousness...

  • shaunnettem - 2010-11-25 15:12

    Here we go again: He blames the SA police for bringing his credibility under the spotlight. I thought it was the Sun who first did that by delving into his dodgy finances. Why would they do that if they did not smell a big fish??!! And the mere fact that his own father-in-law cannot outright say that he thinks the guy is innocent, speaks for itself...

      pointblankza - 2010-11-25 15:29

      This guy cannot even remember if he was pulled out hte back window or thrown from a moving car??

  • Ella Csoka - 2010-11-25 15:15


      Lufuno - 2010-11-25 16:04

      I totally agree with you Ella..!! There's so much crap happening around the world..!! For goodness sake 450 people have just died in Cambodia in a stampede, 29 miners died in New Zealand and a South African Couple still held captive by Somali pirates...!!

      Nicko Minaj - 2010-11-26 07:57

      You totally miss the art of reporting.Should we have a million other articles about other atrocities as well? Where do we get that many reporters? Do you want us to never hear about this case again, and it all just dies down because nobody cares, or we got too many other atrocities to hear about? I have a problem with this kind of thinking. Reporting has always been like this since forever, so please deal with it. Understand that from time to time, there will be a case that gets picked from the mill and you'll hear about it from time to time. Look at the OJ case, it took forever, but again he was a celebrity, there are many other cases which run forever. STOP WHINING!

      AjaxFiko - 2010-11-26 15:05

      Ella, this is no ordinary death. . .there's a mistery behind this one. .which keeps myself and the other interested parties glued to the case, including the tabloits!

      Craig - 2010-11-26 15:17

      The difference is that non of those you mentioned are major world powers! The Brits don't want to be implicated in the slightest bit. I agree with you that there are worse things happening around the world but we all know (unfortunately) that international relations is worth more than human lives now days.

  • pointblankza - 2010-11-25 15:24

    Mass murder everywhere? Where? I don't see anything, am I in the wrong spot?

      bonesagain - 2010-11-25 16:45

      Take your head out of the sand.....

      emile.marais - 2010-11-25 19:37

      About 20000 murders alone in South Africa per year, never mind murders commited in the rest of the world. Sounds like mass murder to me.

      AJ - 2010-11-26 05:40

      @pointblankza, aah, only 16000 is it? Thanks for the correction. Phew....Because that is SO much better?

      Nicko Minaj - 2010-11-26 08:04

      @AJ, it shouldn't necessarily make you feel better, but don't misrepresent the facts. In Jamaica we say: A nuh ebryting soak up wata a sponge Translation: Not everything that soaks up water is a sponge. Meaning: Everything is not what it seems, so you should investigate before making decisions.

      Lauren - 2010-11-26 08:46

      @pointblankza...ha! you sure about that nekkid thing?

      pointblankza - 2010-11-26 09:09

      @Lauren, depends? :) @AJ, yup 16000 is better then 20000? I just saved 4000 lives and you?

      Craig - 2010-11-26 15:24

      @emile.marais: a mass murder is four or more murders that occur at the same (or similar) time in the same setting. They are just trying to sensationalize the story to clear their side. I know we have a lot of murders but they are generally opportunistic and widespread, not at the same place.

      DeonL - 2010-11-26 16:18

      We should also be locking up those that spread HIV as it is killing far more than our criminals and husbands. (1000 people a day)!

  • Hannah - 2010-11-25 15:25

    I still think something is up whether they say it or not, the spouse/partner is always the first suspect in every case and no one of our boys are saying anything, that is funny!!!

  • Michelle - 2010-11-25 15:25

    Initially Anni's father stated that he did not think his son-in-law was involved, no it is "no comment"

  • Grant Wright - 2010-11-25 15:27

    This oke is not lekker, Nothing makes sense to anybody who has half a brain cell.He comes from a good family who have serious amounts of pounds floating around yet his business is under investaigation for tax invasion and debts amounting to millions. He assuerd her life before setting foot on the African shores knowing there is a risk,yet he gets a small time transport company that costs 3 cents to do his travel arrangments for his beloved wife.Then the car is registered to somebody that lives at a false address that nobody knows. The first thought that crossed my mind is this::: He is in finacial kak, so he gets his beloved wife life assuerd, knows somebody in SA who is a bit dodgy and they stage thee whole thing.I am of the oppinion that he is involved in this and only time will tell. Why would SA Govamunt want to frame him? He is a bid time joker.

      Snoek - 2010-11-25 15:50

      Who's tax did he invade?

      detect - 2010-11-25 16:48

      Is that a fact, that he insured her life? If so, then it's very dodgy. A wealthy man shouldn't have to take out insurance on his wife's life. Sure, it makes sense for the main income earner to have life insurance if there are children and other debts - but on your wife? If it's true, then this guy's in even more trouble.

      green_goblin - 2010-11-25 16:53

      LOL Snoek that was funny!

      Ingwe - 2010-11-25 17:08

      Tax invasion “priceless” then he "assuerd" her life. How do you do that?

      ILOVEME - 2010-11-25 17:16

      Grant you made me laugh with the 3 cents travel agent

      Phillip - 2010-11-25 19:05

      grant..u should become a standup comic....and the Govamunt should make u the official "town crier", "imbongi" or even the speaker of the house...

      Lauren - 2010-11-26 08:52

      Aaaaw, guys, leave off Grant. He's trying to make a point, although I did have a good giggle at the tax invasion too... It's all good though! Snoek, while we're at it, your sentence reads: Who is tax did he invade...according to your apostrophe...

      ray.romans - 2010-11-26 09:30

      More like his taxi was invaded.

      Snoek - 2010-11-26 11:02

      Lauren, u r right, I'm sorry Grant!

      DeonL - 2010-11-26 16:23

      A lot of people with large comapny debts are rich because they pay themselves first. The best example of that in SA is the owners of Grootvlei mine. It does not mean you are bankrupt if the businesses you own are. (They / We should rather invade Zim!)

  • Hannah - 2010-11-25 15:29

    Guys we are talking about Cape Town police here and they are good and they also are using the best of the best on this case, dont underestimate our cops there are a few rotten apples but the most are bloody good guys doing a job that you wouldnt want to because its so tough! and our foresics are also brilliant I have personally seen the guys in the field doing their work very well, besides who are you going to trust to know their crime a south african policeman or a european policeman our guys have got so much experience on them its just second nature to our boys and girls

      Shistirrer - 2010-11-25 15:34

      The Truth is out there...

  • pointblankza - 2010-11-25 15:32

    If you have conflicting statements everytime you open your mouth then naturally you will become a suspect. That is simple Detective 101..

      m.borchards - 2010-11-25 20:48

      actually 101 refers to a course, not a chapter of a book! duh!

      Nicko Minaj - 2010-11-26 08:08

      he he. that means green_goblin missed the whole course

      Lauren - 2010-11-26 08:54

      m.borchards...and a course would of course never include a textbook or reading material of sorts that would be divided into chapters?

      Nicko Minaj - 2010-11-26 11:07

      he he. True that. Plus not every course involves reading. It's simply a series of lessons or meetings. Don't feel too bad, I just needed someone to pick on.

      DeonL - 2010-11-26 16:27

      Maybe he slept through the course. He He, Hope the Boks win again!

  • unmistry - 2010-11-25 15:52

    I believe he is innocent. I do think that his wife was raped but since the killing alone made to the newspapers across the globe imagine what the rape of a new bride would do. Just how would SA look in the eye of foreigners. I do believe the SA wants to pin this on it is damaging the country...rather shift the spotlight on someone else. He As for leaving the country. Hang around and do what? i ask....he's hindu..he needs to do a cremation before the 12th day, he needs to pray for those days, he needs to do charity for her soul, he must do a major 12 day ceremony - which only he as a husband can perform and a another ceremony before 1 month passes by so that her soul can attain peace.It is his duty as a husband to perform all these rites within the times that this religion stipulates. He is of Gujarati decent (i gather as he says his wife told him in gujarati that she hid her ring). Gujarati people are business people, entreprenuers. He is a millionaire....7 million pound debt is nothing to come out of in his's part of business. only an idiot would murder for money. If a guji man married for money he would be the best hubby so that his father-in-law can bail him out....he would treat her like offence to Guji's but that's how we operate. Our marriages are unions of 2 families, our reputation and that of our family is everything to us.. there is no way a Guji will risk his family name going through the mud....especially a rich one.

      siren703 - 2010-11-25 16:28

      there are many idiot out there...

      ILOVEME - 2010-11-25 17:15

      eeishh i am scared of your theory unmistry - are you serious that a man can do that to such a beautiful woman just for money?

      Pieter - 2010-11-25 19:22

      i also think he is innocent.. he is naive and is story is being reported differently, its easy to have small differences in a story when he was obviouslt traumatized during the event.. sa has some terrible people in it and this story is damaging sa alot. i definately would not put it past the sa police to try pin it on him as it would put the country in a much better light if a newly wed wasnt hijacked, raped and murdered by sa thugs..

      pointblankza - 2010-11-25 20:28

      She wasn't raped... No. You don't know that for sure.

      m.borchards - 2010-11-25 20:56

      your reasoning is emotional, not logical. please keep an open-mind! what if he is found guilty? how would you handle it because in your pre-conditioned mind a Gujarati descendant can do no wrong. for him being soooooo rich a have a term for you 'global recession'

      SA Police - 2010-11-25 23:05

      the idiot cannot shut his mouth but continues to lie to the press and his father-in-law. He has never mourned the loss of his wife once publicly and he was not here when we arrested the first suspect. What do you make of this. Any man that lost his wife will wait to see his wifes murderers. He also gets a lawyer and publicist. Grieving men have no time for this, what is he guilty of. Especially since neither we nor thE BRITISH POLICE have accused him of being involved. The British police also did a post mortem and found no evidence of rape so catch a wake up!!!!!

      taf.jizz - 2010-11-26 07:44

      I spend 5 years in India. Unmistry you avoid mentioning that dowry paid to the bridegroom is in millions of rupees. More than once a man marries some1 from a rich family for financial benefit. Besides the paycheck he cant stand the wife and usually ends up murdering her or arranging a hit, Google Indian papers its not so uncommon there.

      Camy - 2010-11-26 12:52

      No that he's a suspect....what do you say now UNMISTRY?????

      Goldfish - 2010-11-27 06:32

      For the record the autopsy report says that Anni wasn't raped. A bystander at the recovered vehicle says that her skirt was pulled up high. This is all we know so far. In Gujarat honour killings are rare indeed (Wikipedia). However, she spoke in Gujarati to him - is his family also Gujarati or do they come from a region where this type of murder is more accepted?

  • knight.black990 - 2010-11-25 15:55

    Linus, you asked why he has hired Max and Billy if he is innocent. The answer is obvious - so that he can sue all the papers who have slandered his and his family’s name and insinuate that he had any involvement in Anni's murder. The guy is innocent until proven guilty!!. Look closer to home at the three low lifes who have been caught by the police including the taxi driver.

      alfred - 2010-11-25 16:05

      Those three low lifes are also innocent untill proven guilty.

      Davie - 2010-11-25 16:19

      Nobody, absolutely no new paper nor the SAPS have ever said that he is guilty or that he is a suspect. Why does he feel the need to defend himself? Anyways, the truth will come out in the end. We are all just speculating at this stage.

      rfchristiaan - 2010-11-25 18:12

      The gentleman doth protest too much...

      Pieter - 2010-11-25 19:26

      people have been accusing him from the start, i would also deny and get people to help me if everyone in sa is hopingit him so they can feel better about the crime situation in the country.. and alfred the guys who have been caught have admitted so they are already guilty..

      m.borchards - 2010-11-25 21:08

      @Pieter, grow a brain! of course the spouse will be one of the first suspects. that is normal!!!! people will obviously point fingers at him because of the inconsistencies in the case! ANOTHER THING, STOP BEING A SA-HATER! YOU ARE PROBABLY AN EX-PAT OR WISHED YOU COULD LEAVE!!!

      alfred - 2010-11-26 02:46

      No Pieter, until a court finds them guilty they are presumed innocent even if they confessed. That is the law.

      AJ - 2010-11-26 05:44

      @M.borchards What were you saying in your previous post about 'thinking emotionally', beacuse you just did the same? Pieter's comment is quite accurate and you made huge assumtions about him, about expats in general (for whatever reason) as well as his potential travel plans. Totally irrelevant.

      m.borchards - 2010-11-26 08:00

      @AJ why s mention Ex-pats is because most ex-pats on this site has negative things to say about South Africa, Apologies to those ex-pats with the positive comments. We all know S.A has mannnnnnnnny problems but how about some positive postings. Our problems we have here is not different to other countries but just on a bigger scale. Love your country!

      Lauren - 2010-11-26 09:05

      Alfred, they have admitted to their involvement.

      Kenko - 2010-11-26 09:09

      Alfred, if you are right does that explain why so many guilty people get off scot free? What is the sense in such a law? In my book, if someone confesses there is no other way but declaring him guilty. It is all these kak laws that causes the legal system to dysfunction.

      Linus - 2010-11-26 10:42

      Well what is very telling in this case is tat the driver has been arrested. And whats more they are trying to make a deal with him. This tells me that the whole thing was staged and the driver was also involved. The cops and the prosecuters want the driver to implicate the other two perps and they will have a solid case to prosecute. And anyway knowing how the perps operate here if all these criminals wanted was the personal possessions and the vehicle Shrien would have been shot as well.

      alfred - 2010-11-27 03:26

      Agreed Lauren but they are innocent until a court says they are guilty. That is the law. @Kenko, I'm no law expert but I agree with you. When they confess, they should be brought before a court and found guilty. I dont understand the delay either but it is what it is. A judge has to say they are guilty. I understand what both you are saying but the law isn't there to just protect the guilty but also the innocent.

  • Bratt - 2010-11-25 16:09

    Considering that you 'set up' your wife, I think the cops are doing the right thing...

      Davie - 2010-11-25 16:14

      I couldn't have said it any better!

      Davie - 2010-11-25 16:20

      I could have not said it any better.

      bonesagain - 2010-11-25 16:49

      Grammar practice Davie?

      Davie - 2010-11-25 17:42

      Jameer Meneer bones

      shaunnettem - 2010-11-25 19:09

      Probably read the article about abusing the english language...%-)

  • GV - 2010-11-25 16:10

    Why doesn't he just request a lie detector test or to being given a sodium pentathol, truth serum injection, or at the very least go under hypnosis to prove his innocence.

      Petrus - 2010-11-25 17:18

      Dont worry he is going to be arrested once here...check it out why do they want him if there is 3 arrested already,plea bargain thats the surprise,one suspect told the truth Justice!

  • Christine Coates - 2010-11-25 16:12

    Me too! Methinks the man doth protest too much...

      Francois B - 2010-11-25 16:49

      me 3

      Alan - 2010-11-26 08:05


  • GV - 2010-11-25 16:13

    Police should investigate how many times he visited SA before his honeymoon.

      LBS - 2010-11-29 16:12

      The World Cup?

  • robg - 2010-11-25 16:20

    Let him take a polygraph and reveal the result.

      Lauren - 2010-11-26 09:09

      They are not accurate. They can reveal that you are quilty or anxious about something, but can never determine with 100% accuracy what exactly it is that causes the "result". That is why the results are not admissiable as evidence.

      Goldfish - 2010-11-27 06:13

      Not as evidence, correct, but his willingness or not to take a polygraph test would be interesting in itself. An innocent husband would fly back to Cape Town in a heartbeat to take a test. A guilty husband, not so much.

  • CAD59 - 2010-11-25 16:24

    @pointblankza:if you're correct about the back window, who removed it prior to this guy being pulled through "struggling and screaming"? Oh, sorry , my mistake, I guess with all the "struggling and screaming" the window got a fright and left of it's own accord.

  • pointblankza - 2010-11-25 16:25

    Seriously, who dances for tourists in a township at 23:00?

      Francois B - 2010-11-25 16:49

      LOL... Seems like they were expecting some circus in South Africa if all these stories are to be believed..

      green_goblin - 2010-11-25 16:56

      the drunk locals??

      Lekabisto - 2010-11-26 12:47

      Thats what I asked !!

      sbouttell - 2010-11-26 15:26

      yep. and we have lion races in hillbrow at 2.30am sharp...

  • siren703 - 2010-11-25 16:26

    mass murder every where??? who even suggested that he may be involved, there has never been (not that I’ve hear/read anyway) of any official inquiry into his possible involvement. he seems awfully intent on crying innocence when he hasn’t been accused of anything.

  • Carolyn - 2010-11-25 16:28

    I think it's time to leave the man alone, to greive for his loss, You are all speculating, None of you know what happened, or where you also there. If so then go to the police station and tell them what you saw, I suggest you turn your thought to other more positive things, and wait for the trial, then you can say "I told you so."

      Francois B - 2010-11-25 16:47

      I think it is time for this man to shut the hell up. Every day he is telling a different story... No wonder he gets crucified!

      green_goblin - 2010-11-25 16:57

      I told you so.. sorry just practicing

  • betweenu&me - 2010-11-25 16:34

    If the whole thing was a set up between the shuttle driver and the hijackers, robbery being the motive, then surely they would have just robbed the husband and wife and then made a speedy getaway? But to kidnap them and then kill the wife afterwards makes no sense at all. Especially leaving the body in the co-conspirators shuttle. Nah, the husband looks very guilty to me.

      Davie - 2010-11-25 17:46

      And did you notice, the charge for theft are only for her goods..No mention of his phone, or jewelery being stolen.

      Helen - 2010-11-26 12:31

      And since when does crime in SA make 'sense'?

      Goldfish - 2010-11-27 06:06

      Abandoning the car only makes sense if between the three of them they were paid more than the value of a used Volkswagen Sharon. This is between R60000 (GBP5300) for an early 2000s model and R200000 (GBP17900) for a newer model. So it means whoever paid for the hit paid between 5000 and 20000 pounds. The vehicle is an interesting part of the story. Early reports say it was unregistered, and other reports say it was registered to an address where the resident denied owning it. I'm sure the police have tracked the history and ownership of the vehicle; would like to hear the facts.

      Goldfish - 2010-11-27 06:08

      Davie, I think the Blackberry was his. He has been quoted as saying he hid his phone in his underpants and the hijackers found it there.

  • Francois B - 2010-11-25 16:47

    I am actually sure that mr. Dewani is reading our comments, because the South African media has never directly indicated that he may be involved. It is time for you to shut up Dewani. You are hanging yourself up even further. For a grieving husband you were way to keen to sell your story to every tabloid in the UK. And your stories just dont add up. No wonder you had to hire OJ Simpson's publicist... Good luck mister! Jy is nie lekker nie...

      m.borchards - 2010-11-25 21:21

      FULLY AGREE WITH YOU! HE IS MAKING MONEY AND GETTING PUBLICITY! very sad what happened to the lovely lady!

      Goldfish - 2010-11-27 05:52

      Some of Max Clifford's recent comments about the media apply much more to the comments on articles, such as this one, than to the articles themselves.

  • Valkerie - 2010-11-25 16:49

    Has anybody considered that this comment feature can be (and possibly has been) accessed by the international media; that folks' opinions here are read and possibly used as an opinion pole? Just take the outcry against the allegation that SA is unsafe for tourists. We had a lady from Manchester,UK, giving her opinion to the contrary. Far more though is the "SA public's" outcry relating widespread corruption in the police force and the possibility that the widower is involved. This kind of speculation and nay-saying can't do much but hurt SA's international status as tourist destination. They could very well say: "Look, even their own citizens are claiming it!" The truth will hopefully out in court. Let's hope that the powers-that-be can keep their eye on the ball whilst the media mobs bang on the doors, because of our feelings of "this doesn't fit" and "I don't trust the SA Police forces' competency". Its time that we realise that we as the public also have a responsibility to our country on an international level. I'm not saying deny what is happening here, but rather to be a fair-minded when making our comments: rather don't comment on an article or situation if you've not considered any facts, want to further your own political agenda or plainly just have a few minutes to kill and think it would be witty to add an arbitrary, harmfull or inflammatory comment. Take responsibility for what you say here.

      ILOVEME - 2010-11-25 17:23

      Its called freedom of speech

      Francois B - 2010-11-25 18:12

      Valkerie - If you read the comments in the UK tabloids, you will see that the majority of posters share our concerns regarding this horrible murder. I just hope that the truth comes out..

      Goldfish - 2010-11-27 05:42

      What's your point? It's a fact that two South Africans have been arrested for allegedly murdering Anni Dewani. The driver who has admitted to setting up the hijacking has been reported to be Congolese (more likely from the DRC) and hence he is in Cape Town with our blessing, as are many of his compatriots, most of whom are lovely and well-educated people. I'm certain that international media read these comments, as do Max and Billy's staff. So what? Truth comes first. I'm not in the business of whitewashing South African tourism. At the same time I want British citizen and NRI Shrien Dewani to take off his big girl's blouse and answer some real questions about how he first met Zola Tongo.

  • laven.moonsamy - 2010-11-25 16:52

    its true they will blame the husband for the murder because the covering up for this country and for blacks...they been killing indians for years its a mass geneside but in in small numbers over the period of 150tears

      ILOVEME - 2010-11-25 17:13

      laven you live in dream land......blacks are killed more than indians dude....

      Davie - 2010-11-25 17:49

      Laven, go read Valkerie's message above. Take at least a few seconds to think about what you want to say. Your statement is just slanderous.

      cptdurango - 2010-11-25 17:50

      John Wayne killed more Indians than anyone...except of course Union Carbide.

      m.borchards - 2010-11-25 21:31

      really! thats an interesting statement! shame bro! you need to speak to a psychologist!

      henk - 2010-11-26 08:33

      You say what? Your statement doesnt make any sence. The murders in S.A. isnt aimed at one race, we all suffer! "Mass genoside but in small numbers" Are you smoking your socks?

      Fanie - 2010-11-26 09:34

      Laven, Insults're dreaming. The gun used was probably never made by a blackman, the car used was never made by a blackman, the plane used was probably never mabe by a blackman, the sushi they the last supper for the poor girl was probably never made by a blackman...if anything, the blackman was only used as a slave to drive the car,active the child locks, take the prime suspect back to the hotel after the incident...and last but not least carry the blame for a well planned hit from overseas....

      MichelleN - 2010-11-26 13:39

      you do need help. the husband is guilty, read the post Indians kill too. Indian

  • laven.moonsamy - 2010-11-25 16:52

    its true they will blame the husband for the murder because the covering up for this country and for blacks...they been killing indians for years its a mass geneside but in in small numbers over the period of 150 years

      henk - 2010-11-26 08:35

      Yes, we heard youre crazytalk the first time around. Enough already.

      ray.romans - 2010-11-26 09:40

      Thanks for fixing the tears to years. Now, how about the 'geneside'?

      nuclear - 2010-11-26 12:12

      I think it's time you joined the farm movement's pity party. Indians are as susceptible to crime as any other race in the country - "Geneside" Really?

      gmck21 - 2010-11-26 12:45

      killing indians??? durbans still full up china!! the only "geneside"(FAIL) is murder in sa in general not of one race....... CHOP

      Curious - 2010-11-26 13:03

      lol@ henk

      Revolutionary Man - 2010-11-26 14:16

      on a serious note, crime is affecting everyone regardless of race, culture or social status. But it's funny that us south africans start to come together in a crisis or celebration (like the world cup). I just hope justice prevails, and the murderer is prosecuted to the fullest extent. Whether he's black or indian, local or international...

  • ILOVEME - 2010-11-25 17:12

    and that expensive lawyer he has hired ------aikona - dude must just relax if he is innocent. Our justice system works very well here - look even Aglioti walked scott free today...

  • ILOVEME - 2010-11-25 17:21


      cptdurango - 2010-11-25 17:52

      Cape Town Detectives will solve this case. Dewani will get a book deal and a Bollywood movie deal. He is acting very very strange and that needs some looking into.

  • Toby - 2010-11-25 17:30

    The killing/death of one wife IS NOT mass murder everywhere. What else did you expect from a press core that had us down for race during the soccer world cup ?

  • msinsi - 2010-11-25 17:38

    what i find incredulous is his implication that the 'SA police are whispering to the media' and that it is the SA media that has made all these accusations. it was most definately the likes of the UK 'Sun' and Daily Mail that began the speculation, and the SA police has steadfastly refused to comment on the case, apart from a few bland comments.

      Davie - 2010-11-25 17:53

      On the button msinsi..On the button. His own media have published inconsistencies in his statements.

      Francois B - 2010-11-25 18:11

      You are 100% correct. The SA media has been very factual regarding this story. It is the UK media that has been rather sensational. They were the once that started digging into his financial position. I think he is trying too hard to play the victim here, without him being even accused.

      Phillip - 2010-11-25 19:22

      what do they say..."you can fool some of them, some of the time, but you cant fool all of them, all of the time"

      Goldfish - 2010-11-27 05:29

      Completely correct, msinsi. I'm extremely impressed by the respectful and professional way the South African media and South African police have handled this murder.

  • fmunyai001 - 2010-11-25 18:07

    I honestly think that the husband has something to hide. He is over defensive, literally on the run and continually contradicting himself. Watch where he is now spending his money on, a very expensive Lawyer and PR specialist. We may have our fair share of crime and corruption, but his attitude to a country that he chose a honeymoon at the first place leaves more to be desired. We have done our best to get on top of this one speedly and I believe that until he comes on board and gives his side of the evidence, the criminals should get a linient setence or walk, like him they are inocent until proven guilty beyong reasonable doubt. The quote below speaks volumes. I f they (hind and his friends) knew that in SA there is mass murder and corruption everywhere, why choose us for your honeymoon, couldnt it be that it is for this same reason that we became an Ideal choice?? Please prove us wrong and make it easy for us to nail these ruthless criminals. “They’re all corrupt. They are all taking bribes. There is mass murder everywhere, and every time one of these guys gets caught, they try to say anything to reduce their sentence. That’s how the system is. “The police are whispering furiously to the South African media. We understand what’s going on. There’s a lot at stake. “Let’s see what proof they come up with.”

  • John - 2010-11-25 18:19

    child locks only prevent the doors being opened from the inside, if the hijackers where on the outside as he states they could open the doors, it all makes no sense

      Francois B - 2010-11-25 18:36

      Yes - Hijackers are scumbags and the lowest form of life, but they are not stupid. Why would they waste time and risk being caught while dragging a kicking and screaming guy out of a window. They could have simply opened the door... No wonder people are starting to wonder about Dewani. He has become his own worst enemy..

      Phillip - 2010-11-25 19:25

      why is there child locks on a shuttle? dont the driver trust his passengers, and he has to open both backdoors so that pasengers can get out?...

      m1ke - 2010-11-25 19:56

      dont think he is involved - but I do think he ' escaped' at the first oppourtunity and left his wife to the thugs - and now not wanting be be tagged as a 'coward' who left his 2 week wife and ran away . Thus the discrepancies on his story about how he was ' pushed ' out Reply to m1ke | 1 reply ()

      ray.romans - 2010-11-26 09:41

      @m1ke. I think you might have a point there.

      Revolutionary Man - 2010-11-26 14:24

      @ m1ke That's exactly what I was thinking...

  • Francois B - 2010-11-25 18:38

    I wonder when someone will start blaming Helen Zille and the DA for this mess.. Whenever something negative happens in Cape Town, for some reason the DA gets dragged into it..

      nuclear - 2010-11-26 12:14

      There's a reason you got no replies here!

      gmck21 - 2010-11-26 12:50

      BECAUSE people know the DA is a brilliant party and will do anything to tarnish it!! ANC is so full of sh$t their eyes are brown!!!!

      Thulani - 2010-11-26 13:40

      who blamed the DA for anything?

      pointblankza - 2010-11-26 14:42

      Francois, you an idiot, go eash your ox wagon.... naked.

  • River - 2010-11-25 18:40

    From defence to offence - perhaps a well known PR ploy.

  • River - 2010-11-25 18:49

    ...and another thing: has the Somerset West restaurant ever been identified?

      Alan - 2010-11-26 08:09

      Yep it has, although I don't recall the name. There was a Pic up a few days ago with the 2 Waitrons who served them.

      Goldfish - 2010-11-27 05:01

      The restaurant is Surfside, in Strand not Somerset West. For those not familiar with the area, Strand is technically a separate town but geographically it's like the beachfront suburb of Somerset West. Here's the article with the picture of the waiters that served Anni and Shrien.....

      Goldfish - 2010-11-27 05:17

      This is the restaurant on Googlemaps:,18.836575&sspn=0.069206,0.15295&ie=UTF8&ll=-34.088919,18.760014&spn=0,0&z=13

  • Showahed - 2010-11-25 19:00

    The man's a good actor on top of it!

  • Vark - 2010-11-25 19:48

    Does anybody know who shot JR?

      CPII - 2010-11-25 22:52

      The gun :)

      ray.romans - 2010-11-26 09:42

      Glen Agliotti?

  • m1ke - 2010-11-25 19:55

    dont think he is involved - but I do think he ' escaped' at the first oppourtunity and left his wife to the thugs - and now not wanting be be tagged as a 'coward' who left his 2 week wife and ran away . Thus the discrepancies on his story about how he was ' pushed ' out

  • Mpuma Fred - 2010-11-25 20:03

    damn you Gorilla you stole my line. But right from the start I also felt it just did not fit. I think he chose SA specifically to come and do the deed based on the fact that he could blame incompetence for him being set up. This guy just can't seem to remember which story he told to whom.

  • pointblankza - 2010-11-25 20:34

    LMAO! Some of these "theories" are just brilliant :)

      gmck21 - 2010-11-26 12:49

      whats your theory????

      pointblankza - 2010-11-26 13:23

      It was planned... somewhere someone planned this.. not saying it was the hubby, could be, but obviously all theories are purely speculation.

  • mwfrater - 2010-11-25 20:57

    No brainer, it was an arranged hit by the husband. Period.

  • quartershark - 2010-11-25 21:15

    I find this whole thing very very odd indeed. Initially I totally didnt believe that Mr Dewani was at all involved in his wifes murder. But having read the different media reports I must admit that I started having my doubts. His stories are very different. Then I find the whole allegation from Mr Dewanis sources that the SA police are trying to pin this whole thing on him and the furious whisperings to the media even more odd. Why would he say this? At no time ever did the SA police say that he was a suspect. In fact they uncategorically denied that he was a suspect. The only thing I can surmise is that the SA police are now beginning to ask Mr Dewani some uncomfortable questions. They wouldnt do this if they had no reason to do so. Do not underestimate the SA police in Cape Town. They are very very competent. Back here in SA, they are also extremely quiet about this case. It is not being treated at all like a regular high jacking gone wrong. I dont think they are doing this to save face. I think they know something and are working hard to get irrefutable evidence. When they are ready they will go for the jugular. Then the oddest part of all is why would you be in a dreadful state about coming back to Cape Town and identifying the killers? If it was my wife I would be on that plane so fast, you would have to stop me. I would be EAGER not in a dreadful state. Something is not right here. Then whats with the publicist and the high profile lawyer...... from SA nogal?

      kalielseptember - 2010-11-25 22:57

      Cape town is the only city in the world where one could reasonably have a 5 star honeymoon for the rich and famous and organize a low cost hit where the actual killers take the fall. You cannot believably pull all that off in Lagos, Mexico City or Bogota. If it was a hit, the motives remain intriguing. It is unlikely Shrien would have her knocked off for an insurance payout - too stupid. If it was him, then there is a third person involved (love triangle) and he is going to get horribly busted. Another more sinister option could be someone who wanted to get back at Shrien - a business deal gone wrong maybe? Taking out a guys new wife and then pinning the murder on him must count as the ultimate payback. Remember, the driver approached them at the airport and got the relationship going and got them into Gugs late at night. How hard would it be to set that up? The driver then takes a plea bargain,gets out in five and collects his payout, the fodder feed thugs who know nothing take the hardest fall and rot in jail and the blame gets placed either on Shrien or some dark untraceable outsider. With Gundelfinger at his side, Shrien will be spinning all manner of sop stories to confuse everyone. Methinks this story is going to turn up a number of surprises and even when the so called "truth" comes out, we still won't really believe it. Let the sensationalist and petty UK media fluff themselves up while the Hawks do their job. With this type of thing they know the game.

      taf.jizz - 2010-11-26 07:59

      Dear Kaliel, He has said a lot of dumber things so far. The criminal mind at times is not far from that of a slug. He misses the obvious, . . .pity SAPS has average IQ of Grade 6s. Having been to India I can tell you these occurrences where hubby does in the wife 4 a buc are not so uncommon. Huge amounts of money exchange hands as dowry.

      pointblankza - 2010-11-26 09:40

      @taf.jizz, please provide scientific evidence that the average IQ of the SA Police is that of grade "6s".. You an idiot, go wash your ox wagon....

  • Duped - 2010-11-25 22:49

    Unfortunately the British will hide behind their culture to protect the Asians within their Nanny State.I doubt Shrien will step foot on SA soil again...Who cares about his upper lipped Brit mates comments ...Its clear questions need be answered and its time for the Brits to be adults and bring him back under police escort as promised !

  • CPII - 2010-11-25 22:53

    If I was him I'll shut TF up !