Anni Dewani's family attending trial

2012-07-24 11:43

Cape Town - Relatives of slain honeymooner Anni Dewani planned to attend her alleged killers' trial in Cape Town as well as her widower's extradition hearing, it was reported on Tuesday.

Anni's uncle Ashok Hindocha told the Cape Times he was glad that the trial of Xolile Mngeni and Mziwamadoda Qwabe would go ahead on Monday.

"This is great news. Finally the case is moving forward. The Hindocha family is very glad..." he said.

Some of her relatives would also attend Shrien Dewani's extradition hearing the next day, on July 31, in the United Kingdom.

Western Cape NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila confirmed on Monday that proceedings against Dewani would resume at the Westminster Crown Court to determine whether he was fit to stand trial.

Dewani has repeatedly denied arranging the contract killing of his 28-year-old wife, who was shot in an apparent car hijacking while on their honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

In March, Britain's High Court temporarily halted Dewani's extradition on mental health grounds, saying it would be "unjust and oppressive".

"Our wish is that the trial be done in Cape Town once and for all and that Dewani be present," Hindocha told the newspaper.

"We'd like to know what happened to Anni. In November it will be two years. We have no answers yet, only questions."

  • lee.theron.9 - 2012-07-24 12:22

    I agree, they say it would be unjust and oppressive to send Dewani because of his health but what do they think this is doing to the health of the family of Anni's parents for two years now? I think a lot more than what Dewani is going through and Dewani is just making it worse for himself because he doesn't seem to understand that the sooner he stands trial the sooner his illness will be over becuase I am pretty sure it's the guilt and knowing what the truth is that is eating him up inside.

      philip.harris.967 - 2012-07-24 12:55

      The health of the Hindochas has nothing to do with the case.

      camp.j - 2012-07-24 13:41

      @Philip, It seems you are simply being argumentative for the sake of being. READ Lee's comment again, she was comparing Shrien's "Ill health" to the anguish and torment the Hindochas are going through.

      philip.harris.967 - 2012-07-24 14:13

      camp.j I am simply being a realist and not letting myslef get carried away with hysteria. The health of the Hindochas has NOTHING to do with this case. That is a fact. From what I read , much of the torment the Hindochas claim to be going through is self inflicted. If you go on some of the Facebook pages supposedly dedicated to Anni , you will see ongoing cat-fights between two parties who are clearly family members on both sides. It makes you want to barf. What should be happening is that the suspects should be brought to trial as soon as possible .....this is happening. It is quite likely that Dewani will never come back ...the revelations that I suspect we will hear in the next month or so will change everything and many folk will be eating humble pie.

      pieter.goosen.562 - 2012-07-24 20:08

      how do you know what the Hindocha's are going through.... have you been to Sweden to see how many vacations they have taken in the past 18 months, how many rounds of golf they have been to play? how many parties all Anni's "bereaved and grieving" cousins have been to in London Try checking out Anni's relatives facebooks profiles, weddings, birthdays and NUMEROUS

  • Felix Njewa Kankhukwa - 2012-07-24 12:33

    Let justice prevail!

  • dale.verster - 2012-07-24 13:00

    Why doesn't Dewani just come to SA. He will be out on medical parole playing golf with Shabir and Jackie in no time?

      Tree Spirit - NORML ZA - 2012-07-24 19:12

      I doubt it, he doesn't have any struggle credentials

  • - 2012-07-24 13:03

    philip.harris.967 i feel so sick when i read your comments regarding my country, yes crime is a huge problem in SA, but do not use that to justify your argument. I can only think that you are a SA ex-pat. The criminal the UK is aiding is shrien. Come on UK let shrien face up to his crime...better still our prison system awaits you.

      camp.j - 2012-07-24 13:48

      @Philip, Why do you continue to make reference to the fact that South Africans killed Anni Dewani when nobody is disputing that? What we want is the mastermind behind bars then we will have closure.

      philip.harris.967 - 2012-07-24 14:16

      camp , I continue to point out the FACTS. South African killed Anni. Fact. If Dewani was involved then he must be extradited, tried and convicted ...that process in on its way. For gods sake ..its NOT Dewani's fault that he is in the UK ...IS IT ?? Who let him go there ?

      leigh.paikin - 2012-07-24 14:45

      Why you guys bother fighting with Philip - he is an idiot - he is dragging you down to his level and beating you with experience. Drivel...

      pieter.goosen.562 - 2012-07-24 22:40

      Actually the UK is not aiding anyone, the UK is ensuring that due process is followed. More than can be said for South Africans who 1. Refuse to interview Shrien 2. Had not even taken DNA samples from the suspects 12 months after the crime 3. Have allegedly tortured the suspects 4. Have provided a plea agreement to a taxi driver based on a statement full of lies Let's see the police case.... They cannot decide if the crime was organised for 15,000 20,000 or 25,000. Tongo expects us to believe that he was "short changed " from his agreed fee!! Tongo claims that he followed Dewani to ask him for more money when CCTV proves he walked straight out of the hotel Tongo claims that there are texts between him and Dewani about the murder - lets hope the police can prove these texts as every claim from the police thus far has been proven to be false!

      pieter.goosen.562 - 2012-07-24 22:48

      Camp j - why do you put all your energy into trying to blame Shrien, Just imagine that this case is true. You seem happy about the fact that South Africa is a country where someone can step off a plane, meet the first taxi driver they see and within 2 minutes this driver agrees to organise a murder This is not a depraved, poverty stricken person. He is earning a decent salary, has a home, kids, a car. He is able within hours to find someone he has never met to kill a complete stranger. This is South Africa. This is a country you are proud of Perhaps south Africans should stop putting so much energy into trying to blame Shrien and more energy into fixing their freakishly disturbed community!!

      philip.harris.967 - 2012-07-25 00:12

      Well Leigh Parkin you are welcome to put some arguments of your own together .....if you are capable

  • xoli.xuma - 2012-07-24 13:16

    If he is innocent, he should come and prove it.

      philip.harris.967 - 2012-07-24 13:20

      xoli , you obviously have no knowledge of criminal proceedings. Dewani is under NO obligation to "prove" his innocence.

      pieter.goosen.562 - 2012-07-24 20:06

      LOL. ... sorry in what world does a person have to "prove innnocence".... oh I know in a place like South Africa where "new 24" and "the voice" have already tried and convicted a person before they even step into a court room. and the "intelligent" public dont bother to question anything....

  • markpnaidoo - 2012-07-24 13:40

    philip.harris.967, seemingly is a pompous ass Pomie... the Pomies are a bunch of cut throat liers and thieves. . . they even involved themselves with the South African Arms deal, by bribery. Pomies were again involved with the Barclays/ABSA deal. . . Lets stand up like Mugabe did to the British. The British is no worse a sick society than anywhere else in the world. Sick Sick. . .

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-07-24 14:57

      Philip...Your the one hiding boy! And I don't support the Stormers but they do belong to SA so take it of!!..when you ran away you lost the privilege to anything SA! Pathetic!

      philip.harris.967 - 2012-07-25 13:06

      Gavin lott, my home is Cape Town , but what the hell business is it of yours? People like you who want to discriminate against others because of what skin colour they have or what you presume they are ..or where they come from are symptomatic of what is sick with SA. It is people like you that got us into this mess. It looks like you are getting the country you deserve. I am sure that others on this thread will understand what I am getting at ...not to sure you are smart enough though.

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-07-24 14:16

    The killers are shown on video footage arriving at Shrien Dewani's hotel room and leaving with a package (the money probably). Surely they didn't just come up with a story implicating the husband with that much detail. Now suddenly the husband is acting all unstable. He arranged the killing of a beautiful woman. He deserves death. I hope he suffers for the rest of his life.

      philip.harris.967 - 2012-07-24 14:23

      "probably" ????? You are convicting someone on the basis of "probably" ? Judgemental , unstable and bigoted people like you should be "suffering".

      tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-07-24 14:44

      the killers have admitted the motive for the killing: money paid to them by Dewani. Dewani did it - and used SA as an easy target knowing he could pay a couple of unemployed thugs to do his dirty work - and get away with not facing the death penalty if he were tried in SA and would get mental help if he had to face authorities in UK. he is a coward through and through. @philip - not all of us are interested in a 'soap opera' trial like in OJ Simpson where he literally got away with murder. Dewani is guilty!!! and he used SA. and yes we understand that it was SA people who committed the crime - what is your point!

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-07-24 15:01

      Tricia just ignore him he's just one of those ex pats who puts down anything South African!....just rather pity him.

      pieter.goosen.562 - 2012-07-24 20:03

      Tricia... so the "killers" are shown on video footage arriving at Shrien Dewani's hotel room and leaving with a package? OR DO YOU MEAN The taxi driver is seen on CCTV going into the internet cafe at the hotel and leaves with a carrier bag? TWO VERY DIFFERENT STATEMENTS Now the driver says the bag contained 1,000. Guess how much the return taxi ride costs from Grace to Strand? 995. I know because I did exactly that ride in a cab So if we are judging a story on detail that you presume is true then God help us becuase YOU for one have all the detail wrong! People like you who post such hate on the net, with a clear lack of understanding or comprehension, are the ones that deserve the suffering that you so willingly wish on another human.

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-07-25 08:37

      Pieter and what SA taxi driver takes the money after the job?? Answer None!

  • dathan.prinsloo - 2012-07-24 16:24

    Question...How was this guy mentally when he had his wife murdered? Should we now say that suddenly he has become a compassionate human being or a better person because he's been caught? The bastard should get the chair!

  • dennis.minadoo - 2012-07-24 16:47


      pieter.goosen.562 - 2012-07-24 20:04

      LOL. ISPY007. so tell me some detail. how much do you actually know about this case?

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