Dewani case three years on...

By Drum Digital
08 April 2014

In anticipation of Shrien Dewani’s return to SA, we give you a run-down of the Dewani case so far

Honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani is set to make his first appearance at the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday morning immediately after his arrival in Cape Town. Dewani will appear before Judge President John Hlophe at 11.30am, and charged with conspiracy to commit murder and defeating the ends of justice.

Dewani lost his High Court bid to block his extradition to South Africa, three years after his wife, Annie (née Hindocha)’s murder.

Here is what happened in the three years.


29 October 2010: Annie and Shrien Dewani wed.

7 November 2010: The couple arrives in Cape Town for their honeymoon.

13 November 2010: Shrien claims he and Anni were kidnapped at gunpoint while driving through Gugulethu, Cape Town. Shrien is released unharmed but Annie is killed in an alleged fake hijacking.

14 November 2010: Annie’s body is found on the back seat of the car.

16 November 2010: After paying Zola Tongo R1000 for orchestrating the murder, robbery and kidnapping, Shrien leaves SA.

17 November 2010: Xolile Mngeni is arrested and charged with the hijacking and murder.

18 November 2010: Mzwamadoda Qwabe is arrested.

20 November 2010: Third suspect, the couple's taxi driver Tongo, is arrested.

7 December 2010: Tongo is jailed for 18 years after making a plea agreement. He claims Dewani offered him R15 000 to have his wife killed. Dewani is arrested in Britain.

8 December 2010: Dewani appears at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court in London.


3 March 2011: Dewani, who is said to be suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder, is sent to a Briston Hospital.

3 May 2011: Dewani's extradition hearing starts.

10 August 2011: Judge Riddle rules that Dewani can be extradited to South Africa.

28 September 2011: Theresa May signs an order for Dewani to be extradited to South Africa.

30 September 2011: Dewani lodges a High Court appeal against May's decision.


8 August 2012: Mziwamadoda Qwabe pleads guilty to murdering Annie. He is sentenced to 25 years.

3 December 2012: Dewani is given 6 months to recover from severe post-traumatic stress disorder.

5 December 2012:  Xolile Mngeni, the trigger man is convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.

31 January 2014: Shrien losses his High Court bid to block his extradition.

08 April 2014: Shrien arrives in Cape Town.

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