Anni Dewani’s family fight online

2011-09-16 07:56

London - The family of Anni Dewani - the Swedish-born woman who was murdered while on honeymoon in South Africa - has set up an online petition asking for public support to have her husband Shrien Dewani extradited to SA to face murder charges.

The British home secretary will make a final decision on whether Dewani is to be extradited to South Africa on October 10, reported the Cape Argus.

Another petition was also launched on Dewani’s behalf, arguing that South Africa had an “appalling record with regard to human rights issues”, there was corruption in the police, and that he should not be extradited.

On Friday morning, Anni’s petition had 9 578 signatures while Dewani’s had 54.

Anni's family has officially endorsed her petition, and her uncle Ashok Hindocha said the family wanted the public’s support because they were not British citizens and needed to make a point.

There are also Twitter and Facebook pages entitled Justice4Anni, and a Facebook page, Memory of Anni Dewani, with 34 781 members.

A Facebook support group for Shrien Dewani has 239 members.

Hindocha also said the family was taking a lot of strain and wanted the case to be concluded so they could move on with their lives.

Cape Town taxi driver Zola Tonga told police that Dewani had ordered the murder of his young wife in November 2010.

  • Slive - 2011-09-16 08:03

    Its time he faced the music, if has nothing to hide, then he has nothing to be afraid of. Do you it you coward

      44mag - 2011-09-16 09:38

      Please-everyone sign the petition,this scum bag must stand trial, justice must be"justice4anni"

      Deut8 - 2011-09-16 15:39

      He'll have to face the 23's as well. Pretty boy Shrien - you wanna be the mommy or the daddy?... That would be enough to get me to develop mental health problems as well.

      Avi - 2011-09-29 09:09

      ROFL @ AMS-Dammer

  • McDaNife - 2011-09-16 08:08

    Time to face the music china. Diwani 54 petitions to Annie's 10 000 tells it all, your days are numbered.

  • Robert Cerff - 2011-09-16 08:11

    While I believe that he's as guilty as sin... I also believe that he's never going to get a fair trial here. Catch 22 really.

      Harry1 - 2011-09-16 08:21

      And this opinion is based on what, may I ask?

      kalabafazi - 2011-09-16 09:08

      I agree Robert. Every one has found him guilty already. Just scroll down through the comments. Add to this the comments from Cele and it's a good case to put forward at Shrien's extradition hearing. From the otherside (Shrien) it would seem like a mob baying for his blood in SA before he is even put on trial.

      jeremy - 2011-09-16 09:13

      Our justice system is slow - and I wouldn't want to see the inside of Pollsmoor or any other prison, but when our courts hear a case through to its conclusion, they usually get it right. I have absolutely no doubt that Dewani will get a fair trial - and lets face it, there've been lots of high profile trials in which people have expressed their opinion prior to the case. Does anyone have any reason to believe public opinion might have influenced the judge or magistrate?

      Grant - 2011-09-16 13:12

      I agree with Robert 100%. If Cele can get away with whatever he wants, and the proclaims your guilt, its only reasonable to believe that you will be screwed. SA Judicial system is a farce... we all know this!

      marvo - 2011-09-16 13:44

      Robert you have a point. While I also feel quite sure he is the main protagonist, the comments from the judge and chief of police ar a worry. I don't know if that would contaminat5e the trial or no but they should just STFU and let the proceedings go forth (if any).

  • JustinD - 2011-09-16 08:12

    These Dewani's are scum of the earth.

  • De Ja Vu - 2011-09-16 08:21

    Dewani's family says that he should not be extradited because South African Police have corruption? They are sick!!! Shrien is more corrupt than South African Police!!

  • Harry1 - 2011-09-16 08:27

    The courts in this country have shown that they are extremely tolerant of defendants arguing technicalities and exploring loopholes as well as seeking ways to avoid facing trials. However, to do this you need money and Shrien Dewani appears to have no shortage thereof. Thus, if anything, he should be able to put up a good defense and possibly walk free IF they can find anything missing or wanting in the case of the state.

      Harry1 - 2011-09-16 08:51

      Let me hasten to add, if the investigators did their work there should not be any escape routes for Mr Dewani.

  • Gary - 2011-09-16 08:50

    enough with quoting facebook friends and likes, it's thrown around like it actually means something. The guy is guilty as sin, pop a cap in his ass.

  • Paigen - 2011-09-16 08:54

    Yeah, what is he afraid of? Our prisons are so overcrowded; he'll be out on bail in the next couple of years.

  • letsee - 2011-09-16 09:05

    The family money will play a role.

  • Malcop - 2011-09-16 09:24

    All of you on this blog who believe Shrien Dewani wont get a fair trial will have to agree with me that the extradition treaty between South Africa and Britain must be abolished. Its the only logical option, since no other criminal who runs off to Britain will qualify for extradition based on the Dewani case. There is no other answer.

      Nippy - 2011-09-16 13:05

      I notice people don't like your comments, but I think I know what you are saying. We either have an extradition treaty with Britain or we don't. My own argument has always been that if Dewani can argue against being extradited on the grounds that our prison conditions are bad and that he will not get a fair trial, then so can everyone else. If he wins his case, a precedent is set - and if the UK is going to set a precedent with this case, then they may as well abolish their extradition treaty with SA and save the taxpayers on both sides of the ocean their hard-earned money. The time to decide whether our prison conditions are appalling and our justice system is questionable, is when the UK government is making the decision as to whether they should have an extradition treaty with SA or not. Not after they have agreed to an extradition treaty. You cannot have an extradition treaty and then turn around afterwards and say,"No, we are not sending any of our citizens to your country to stand trial because it is not in their best interest." Think of all the money we could have saved in SA by not having to contest a long drawnout extradition hearing and probable appeal. The treaty with the UK should be such that he should have been plonked on the next plane back to SA just based on the charges against him, alone. Either the UK has a problem with our prison conditions, or they don't. Either they trust us, or they don't.

      Angel - 2011-09-17 11:13

      The extradition treaty was decided pre-ANC, perhaps time for the British to rethink their original agreement. Dewani had bad timing, case is way too political from SA governments point of view when our chief of police gives the verdict before the case even gets to the courts. Good way of getting attention away from the local crime!

  • GinSA1 - 2011-09-16 09:29

    To understand the matter fully, you would need to have followed this case from the beginning, the full case. Kalabafazi - Judge Riddle gave his opinion on the comment by our 'esteemed' Police Chief, and it holds no water. Public comments hold as little water. The courts will decide on his guilt, not the Public. However, he has repeatedly claimed his innocence, but has steadfastly fought against returning to prove it, as he continuously claims he can do. He will receive a fair trial - why would he not? But he is showing his guilt more and more by not being here.

      lakhan7 - 2011-09-16 09:42

      If Britain thinks that public opinion holds any water with this case, then they should also note that "their public opinion" , almost toppled their Government , a few weeks ago. ...Britain Gov, is being tested again. Lets hope they dont fail a 2nd time ;)

  • digitaldique - 2011-09-16 09:37

    There is only one question I'd like Dewani to answer in a court of law - Why did you (allegedly) pay the taxi driver after the incident. If I was in a taxi that was just in an accident, I would not pay the driver. If my wife had been murdered in a taxi, there is no way in the world I would track down and give the driver any money,.

  • wisegirl - 2011-09-16 09:43

    'South Africa has an apalling human rights record' - well i would say a murdere also has an apalling human rights record. the public opinion does not matter in this case , because we don't have juries in our courts

  • Dead Skunk - 2011-09-16 10:05

    The question still has not been asked WHY was he allowed to leave the country whilst the murder was being investigated...I wonder how much he paid to be allowed to flee.

      GinSA1 - 2011-09-16 13:25

      The question has indeed been asked, ad nauseum, and answered the same amount of times. He was not a suspect at the time.........

  • liz.delboux - 2011-09-16 10:21

    Almost the well-read Shakesperian play 'Romeo & Juliet'.(No Facebook pages to this volume). The Capulets and the Montagues's. Sadly, there was a twist in this tale.

  • Neutkraker - 2011-09-16 10:22

    I'd prefer to call her by her maiden name, as this wedding was a farce. She was born Anni Hindocha, and that is how she died. Alone and forsaken by a murderous coward for a husband.

  • Mike_C - 2011-09-16 11:01

    So it's possible to arrange a murder in 10 minutes outside a hotel, with a shuttle-driver you've never met before and who's just driven both of you from the airport on your first trip to SA?

      Buffalo - 2011-09-16 12:17

      Read the facts of the case: there was communication between Dewani and a SA contact(the taxi driver?) before the ill-fated couple reached our fair lands. Also, they were at the hotel for 3 days before she was murdered.

      Mike_C - 2011-09-16 12:55

      I *have* read the facts. This was Tongo's statement: "After we arrived at the hotel, Shrien Dewani approached me alone and asked me if I knew anyone that could 'have a client of his taken off the scene'. After some discussion with him, I understood that he wanted someone, a woman, killed."

      Neutkraker - 2011-09-16 13:32

      Mike, you obviously do not have all the information.

  • Ben - 2011-09-16 11:56

    Pappa wag v djou...

  • Nawe - 2011-09-16 11:56

    Indian job gone wrong...

  • marvo - 2011-09-16 13:40

    There does seem to be something very suspicios about this case. I have been told by SA's online (obviously white as it turns out) without knowing much about the case that he undoubtedly has been made a scapegoat. These freaks want this purely made in South Africa, they want it to be a purely random carjacking lol. They couldn't goive a flying fart about Anni, it's about how far they can drag SA's supposed rep for crime through the mud. it would destroy them if Dewani was proved to have got a contract out on her life which (to a wiser me at least) is precisely what it looks like.

      Mike_C - 2011-09-16 15:17

      Which is worse for SA's reputation: that you can arrange a contract murder in 10 minutes with a shuttle driver you've never met before, or that your airport shuttle driver arranges your hijacking/murder as part of a criminal conspiracy?

  • GypseyAnn - 2011-09-16 14:03

    Personally, I believe that if he is innocent he will be found to be innocent. However, it's time for him to be a man and face up to the charges - if he is guilty, he should pay the price. This even stood Brad Wood in good stead.

  • james reel - 2011-09-16 14:48

    How sad my heart goes out to the family.Your son inlaw committed a crime in this country he was not bothered taking her to Khailitsha to have her killed.He now fears the prisons , he was dealing with the wicked under world then he had no fear , he must suffer the prisons of this underworld.He felt nothing to take such an innocent beautiful girl to delivery her to the underworld to kill.The bastard bring him back we are waiting for you to face the world you took her into with no remorse to give you back your medicine you slim ball.

  • simmi - 2011-09-16 15:04

    i cant understand why the cellular companies that Togo and Dewani subscribed to, cannot release the text messages,as it was reported that there were 2 text messages during the drive, one asking "where is my money and whicxh dewani replied that its in the front passenger seat and dont worry abt it right now". Will getting this evidence from the cellular companies not put an end to the answer of whether he committed the crime or not

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-09-16 22:28

    It is very sad to think that Shrien murdered Anni because he was too scared to come out of the closet.

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