Cele says only a court can pronounce on Anni killing motive

2011-01-24 08:57

Only a court could find a motive for the killing of tourist Anni Dewani, national police Commissioner Bheki Cele said today, in response to criticism over comments he has made on her murder.

“The issue is that the court will find the motive,” Cele said in an interview with e.tv.

The South African government is trying to extradite Shrien Dewani, Anni’s husband, from the UK to stand trial for her murder during their honeymoon last November.

Dewani hired publicist Max Clifford to deal with media queries when he returned to the UK after her murder.

Clifford has latched onto some of Cele’s comments on the matter, as an example of how his client’s investigation could be unfair and could affect his trial.

One of the comments were: “A monkey came all the way from London to have his wife murdered here”.

Last week Cele was quoted as saying a motive had been established and could be revealed in the City of Westminster Magistrates Court Dewani was due to appear in again on February 8.

Shuttle bus driver Zola Tongo has been sentenced to 18 years for the murder, which he alleges was a hit, paid for by Shrien.

Two other people are still in custody relating to the matter – Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Xolile Mmgeni.?

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