Dewani's every move will be closely watched

2014-04-10 08:37
Murder accused Shrien Dewani in Cape Town. (Sapa)

Murder accused Shrien Dewani in Cape Town. (Sapa)

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Shrien Dewani in court - what you need to know

2014-04-08 15:05

Shrien Dewani appeared in the Western Cape High Court where his case was postponed to May 12. Here's everything you need to know.WATCH

Cape Town - Shrien Dewani’s every move will be closely monitored over the next 30 days as experts work to determine his mental condition, it was reported on Thursday.

Dewani is being held at Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital in Cape Town where a panel consisting of a psychiatrist, a psychologist and a social worker will monitor his every move, the Times wrote on Thursday.

The team will have to report to the National Prosecuting Authority.

Dewani is accused of planning the murder of his wife Anni Dewani in November 2010 in a staged hijacking.

A source at the hospital told the newspaper that access to the high-care section in which Dewani is being held was being strictly controlled and most staff members have not even seen him.


After his court appearance on Tuesday, the NPA said Dewani was ill and was going to the hospital for treatment, Sapa reported.

"Actually I need to emphasise and make this clear. He is not going for observation. He is going for treatment," National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Nathi Mncube said outside the Western Cape High Court.

"While he's in the care of his doctors, they will be able to give us more information in terms of his health and we will be able to make a decision going forward from there."

Dressed in a smart charcoal suit and black tie at the court appearance, he seemed to struggle to hear what was going on and sometimes winced or frowned.

At one point, he whipped his head to look around the courtroom with wide eyes.
A letter from Dewani's doctor was handed in at court, explaining that Dewani remained mentally ill and needed ongoing care.

Judge President John Hlophe postponed the matter to 12 May 2014.
Read more on:    npa  |  anni hindocha  |  shrien dewani  |  cape town  |  crime  |  honeymoon hijacking

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