Was honeymoon murder a hit?

2010-11-20 10:22

The investigation into the killing of a newly-wed British woman after she and her husband were hijacked in Gugulethu is continuing.

Captain Frederick van Wyk said he could not comment on newspaper reports that the killing could have been a planned hit.

The Weekend Argus reported that the police were looking for two more people believed to be working for two top Cape Town hotels.

The paper also reported that a “well-placed police source” – who was not named – said “an explosive revelation” would be made soon.

Britain’s The Sun newspaper yesterday reported that Shrien Dewani, the woman’s husband, who owned a British healthcare company with his father and brother, was £6.25?million (about R70?million) in debt.

Anni Dewani (28) and Shrien (31) were married for two weeks when they were attacked by two armed men who hijacked their shuttle service vehicle last Saturday evening.

They arrived in the country on Thursday and were in Cape Town for their honeymoon. The couple was apparently returning from a dinner in Somerset West at the time of the attack.

Two armed men forced the driver out of the shuttle vehicle and drove off with the couple. At about midnight they dropped off Shrien in the Harare area of the Khayelitsha informal settlement.

He was helped by passing motorists who took him to the Harare police station. A search for the hijacked vehicle – a Volkswagen Sharan – led to it being found in Lingelethu West.

Anni’s body was found on the back seat of the vehicle.

Two 26-year-old men were arrested earlier in the week in connection with the murder.

Xolile Mngeni appeared in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court yesterday on charges of murder. The other man is expected to appear in court on Monday.

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