ANCWL ‘dismayed’ at Dewani case

2010-12-08 10:47

anc womenThe ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) expressed “utter dismay” at allegations that British businessman Shrien Dewani plotted to kill his wife Anni, while on honeymoon in South Africa.

“These revelations made when our nation and many peoples of the world commemorate the 16 Days of Activism Against Abuse of Women and Children is an indictment to the fight against violence and the abuse of women in our society,” ANCWL deputy president Nosipho Ntwanambi said in a statement.

“The African National Congress Women’s League has noted with utter dismay and consternation the revelations made in the Cape High Court... that Mr Shrien Dewani plotted the brutal murder of his wife, Ms Anni Dewani.”

It congratulated the police and National Prosecuting Authority for the expedient manner in which they had dealt with the matter.

However, it said the 18-year jail term imposed on Zola Tongo, the taxi driver who made a plea bargain with the state and implicated Dewani in the murder, was too soft.

“Although we welcome the sentencing of Mr Zola Tongo to 18 years for his part in the crime and his confession, we believe that this sentence is lenient and undermines our nation’s commitment to ensure that all those who perpetuate violence against women are removed from our society.”

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