Honeymoon husband 'may be targeted'

2010-11-22 10:14

Cape Town - As reports emerge that Shrien Dewani, husband of murdered Swedish tourist Anni Dewani, will return to South Africa, there are growing fears that he could be targeted by her killers, a British newspaper said on Monday. 

The 30-year-old British care home tycoon is apparently going to head back to Cape Town this week to help identify two men being held for Anni's murder.

He will also point out crime scenes to the police.

But he will be under armed guard as police fear he could be targeted in a bid to stop him, The Sun tabloid reported on Monday.

The driver of the couple's hijacked taxi is reportedly already in hiding, after fearing he would be killed because he too had seen the gunmen's faces.

'Explosive revelation'

News that Shrien, from Bristol, is to return to Cape Town came as detectives promised "an explosive revelation" in the case.

A police source said on Sunday: "The new information will show this was not a random hijacking."

The tabloid wrote that two more people, said to be working for two top Cape Town hotels, have been taken in for questioning.

It was also reported that the driver was awaiting trial for violent crimes, including murder, when Dewani, a 28-year-old Swedish engineer, was killed.

Police also believe they have found the handgun used in the shooting.

Shrien, who owns the care home business with his father and brother, is allegedly R70m in debt.

  • shaw365 - 2010-11-22 11:47

    The accusation that Shrien is R70m in debt, is not true. A simple search of related companies of which Shrien is a director in UK proves, that rather being in debt, he is a multi-millionaire by UK standards! Just because one company is in debt does not mean he is in debt.

      David van Niekerk - 2010-11-22 12:07

      Totally agree with you, these idiots know no better!

      Smanga - 2010-11-23 12:09

      he may not be in debt, but he is one hell of a coward for leaving his wife at the mercy of thugs... what man does that? Even my wife wouldn't leave me in that situation, I sure as hell wouldn't leave her... The man has no balls, a disgrace to manhood ....

      AllHoliday - 2010-11-24 09:40

      If it is not true he can sue them for

  • AgJaNoFine - 2010-11-22 11:51

    Why does he need to be under armed guard? If the killers wanted to prevent him from revealing their identity, they could just have shot him during the hijacking. The plot thickens…

      Jo - 2010-11-22 12:38

      Unless he's about to help a few good cops crack open a hotel-airport-shuttle syndicate...? That could be very dangerous for him indeed.

  • Moersteen - 2010-11-22 11:56

    Fishy Feeeesssshhhyyyy.....

  • John Seloa - 2010-11-22 12:19

    Just another substandard article by SA journos. I think these guys must just go back to school. We are tired of being fed this crap. Do proper research and give a full story, not bits and pieces depending on who called you and what the gossip of the moment is. Why don't you visit or and look at the quality of articles in there. Sorry but I cannot shut-up about this anymore. We will all be stupid to ignore the poor level of reporting here.

      pointblankza - 2010-11-22 16:08

      John, this is not poor journalism, this is merely information which is being relayed FROM UK press.. read the article properly and you will see the constant reference to The Sun - a UK tabloid.

      joe.delange - 2010-11-22 21:53

      John's kneejerk anti-SA sentiments aside, Briatian's 'The Sun' has never been a beacon of quality journalism but I bet even this sensationalist rag is ahead of CNN when it comes to investigative journalism. When have the talking heads at CNN ever gotten to heart of any story? CNN is just another corporate shill peddling lukewarm infotainment.

      Jean - 2010-11-23 09:15

      Yes, reporting is as poor as the goverment of this country. Road to hell.

      Nebula - 2010-11-23 09:32

      Well Joe, even if CNN is as bad, it does not mean that news24 should follow in the same direction. You cant relay information from a tabloid onto a "reputable" site and qualify it as good journalism... The same happened with news24 relaying news from a YOU magazine with regards to Andries Bekker... its just so unproffesional...

  • OllieMor - 2010-11-22 12:19

    Why? Did he forget to pay them?

      Bratt - 2010-11-22 13:36


      Wendy - 2010-11-23 10:56

      They heard that people get murdered in SA and they never bother to find the killers

  • mjwsadler - 2010-11-22 17:50

    wow raymond, carefull, slander laws apply to you and the owners of this thread. I hope you have a responsible source for your claim.

  • Dalena - 2010-11-23 08:18

    Why is news24 referencing The Sun, a tabloid? Can't our own journalists - who are closer to the investigation, the police and the crime scene - back up this information? Seriously. If I had wanted sensational tabloid report on the story, I would have gone to the tabloid, not to news24.

      hemant230778 - 2010-11-23 11:19

      The first three letters in news is new, why do we have to refer to overseas sources, in a local incident, I mean what did you go to journalism school for, to plagiarise a TABLOID

      Ems - 2010-11-23 20:17

      I totally agree, that newspaper is something only a certain type of English person 'reads'...with an IQ of around 70 and it loves to speak rubbish about South Africa. They were having a field day leading up to the world cup. Anyway it is all sensationalist, it was confirmed that the husband is not returning to South Africa and is not required to by the police thus the 3 men arrested will not be able to hurt him from behind bars

  • Wendy - 2010-11-23 09:17

    All very very suspect........

  • Amos Moledi - 2010-11-23 21:34

    This article is confusing first - The driver of the couple's hijacked taxi is reportedly already in hiding, after fearing he would be killed because he too had seen the gunmen's faces secondly - It was also reported that the driver was awaiting trial for violent crimes, including murder, when Dewani, a 28-year-old Swedish engineer, was killed.

  • m1ke - 2010-11-25 19:49

    I 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

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