Dewani returns to face his fate

2014-04-07 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Today, it will be three years and 145 days since the taxi carrying Anni Dewani and her new husband, Shrien, was hijacked in Gugu­letu and she was murdered.

Tonight, one of her accused murderers, the man she had married just a short time before, will board an aeroplane in London, bound for a Cape Town courtroom, where he is expected tomorrow to answer to why Zola Tongo pointed to him as the man behind her murder.

Tongo was the taxi driver hired by Dewani to drive the couple around on the night of November 13, 2010. He and Dewani were dumped from the vehicle in Guguletu. The hijackers, Mziwimadoda Qwabe and Xolile Mngeni, drove with Anni to Khayelitsha, where she was shot and her body found the next day in the abandoned car.

The three South Africans have all already been sentenced for their roles in Anni’s murder.

Tongo named Dewani as the mastermind on December 7, 2010. He said he was paid R1 000 for his services. Qwabe and Mngeni got R15 000, which they shared.

The two investigating officers in the case, Lieutenant-Colonel Mike Barkhuizen and Captain Paul Hendrikse, of the Hawks, left for England last week to accompany Dewani to Cape Town, after he lost the last in a long series of court battles to avoid extradition.

Yesterday, the precise time of their arrival in Cape Town was being kept secret, however, only one direct flight from Heathrow, London, is scheduled to land in Cape Town tomorrow.

Justice Department and NPA officials will hold a media conference this morning to discuss aspects of Dewani’s trial, which will take place in the Western Cape High Court.

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