Dewani’s father thanks South Africans

2010-12-07 13:48

An emotional Vinod Hindocha thanked the South African people for their support following the murder of his daughter, Anni Dewani.

Hindocha was speaking to a mass of journalists on the steps of the Cape High Court, minutes after one of Anni’s killers, Zola Tongo, was sentenced to an effective 18 years behind bars.

The court was told that her husband, Shrien, had arranged the killing.

“I’d like to say thank you to the South African people for their support and thank you for the whole world for the condolence messages to our family through email, through Facebook, postal,” Hindocha said.

“And I hope ... no, I have nothing more to say. Thank you all. Thank you.”

Earlier, when he entered the courtroom and was shown to a seat at the very front, he struggled to contain his emotions, several times wiping away tears.

Prosecutors had consulted him on the terms of the plea agreement that Tonga entered into.

Hindocha, who lives in Sweden, was accompanied to court by his brother Ashok and a brother-in-law.

Ashok told reporters afterwards that his brother would “only say one sentence”, and he himself would not answer any questions.

“We have been treated well in south Africa by the police, and we are very, very confident about everything here,” Ashok said.

“Our wish to all the [people] involved is to please end this case as soon as possible. That includes the Swedish authority, the British authority, the South African authority.

“Because every day till this case ends is a torture for us. So please.... don’t delay.”

Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) would not say if it would extradite Dewani from the United Kingdom.

“That process, by its very nature, is investigative. We won’t be commenting on that process because we don’t want to jeopardise that process,” said NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga.

He said the “possibility exists” that Dewani, who allegedly plotted to have his wife, Anni, murdered in the Cape Town township of Gugulethu, would be extradited.

“There is an inter-departmental process that involves the departments of justice and international affairs and co-operation and the NPA,” said Mhaga.

“I will not comment further.”

Dewani has dismissed claims that he took out a hit on his wife through his publicist, Max Clifford.

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