D-Day for Dewani

2012-03-30 07:34

Johannesburg - Britain's high court will on Friday announce its decision on British businessman Shrien Dewani's appeal to avoid extradition to South Africa over the alleged murder of his wife.

The decision is due at 10:15 local time, or 11:15 in South Africa.

Dewani, from the United Kingdom, has been implicated in the murder of his wife Anni, 28, while they were on honeymoon in December 2010.


The 31-year-old told the media afterwards that they were hijacked as they entered a township with their shuttle bus driver Zola Tonga.

Dewani was pushed out of the car, but his wife was later found dead.

He returned to the UK, but the National Prosecuting Authority has subsequently applied for his extradition back to South Africa as the fourth accused in the case.

Dewani lodged an appeal to Britain's high court after Theresa May, the country's interior minister, signed an order for his extradition following a judge's ruling in August that he should be sent to stand trial.

At December's hearing, Dewani's lawyers argued that their client's health and life would be at risk if he were to be extradited and that he was a serious suicide risk.

Driver Tonga was jailed for 18 years after turning State witness and pleading guilty to his part in the killing. He claimed Dewani had ordered the shooting and paid him.

The other two people believed to be implicated in the murder are Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Xolile Mngeni.

Allegations 'deeply flawed'

The Press Association in the UK reported that the Dewani family said the allegations against him were "deeply flawed".

In a statement released on Thursday night, the family said Dewani was determined to return to South Africa to clear his name and seek justice for his wife.

The correct place to demonstrate his innocence was in a court of law, the statement said, adding: "This can only be done when he is well enough and when his personal safety can be guaranteed.

"The family remain hopeful that the British high court will block any attempt to extradite Shrien until he has fully recovered and it is safe for him to stand trial, if charged."

The Dewani family's lawyer, Charlotte Harris, of Mishcon de Reya, said in a statement to the Press Association: "Shrien is innocent and has always maintained his commitment to clearing his name of all the false allegations and slurs against him.

"He remains determined to fight for justice for his wife, Anni."

  • Lionel - 2012-03-30 07:42

    If he is so determined to clear his name why fight the extradition??? I know it won't be pleasant in the jails but you will get your day in court!!!

  • itumeleng.tshatiwa - 2012-03-30 07:45

    Lets hope justice will be done, the devil be tried here in SA by the NPA

  • Spilsie - 2012-03-30 07:45

    papa wag vir jou

  • crazyjourno - 2012-03-30 07:46


  • Rudluv7 - 2012-03-30 07:54

    its about freaken time yo,this man is guilty!!

  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-03-30 07:57

    I hope they bring him back to South Africa, he needs to be a lesson to future criminals who come to SA to commit crime then run back home thinking we can't get to them.....

      slabbertj - 2012-03-30 08:56

      It should be a lesson to local criminals in SA as well that gets away with sudden ill health

  • Sharon - 2012-03-30 08:01

    It is ok for him to come back now, Bheki Cele, who called Shrien a "M0nkey", has been suspended. Now he can have a fair trial and prove his self proclaimed innocence. I, for one am really interested in what he has to say. I wish the BBC documentary will be aired here real soon! Anni was a beautiful lady, and did not deserve to die the way she did.

      Marion - 2012-03-30 08:33

      Even if Anni was ugly as sin and a fishwife she didn't deserve to die under those circumstances on her honeymoon.

      Sharon - 2012-03-30 08:49

      @ Marion, 2 different thoughts, suppose I should have used a full stop instead of a comma. Humblest apologies!

  • Ntombiziyabusa - 2012-03-30 08:02

    South Africans are unfortunately displaying an acute sense of stupidity, by judging this guy. The justice that is deserved by the wife and her family, is the equal amount of justice that is deserved by the guy and his family. If we lose sight of that, we are becoming a mob society.

      David - 2012-03-30 08:46

      Partly true. OUR people (South Africans) are being arrested in the UK and sent to jail. I have seen some of the flimsy excuses OUR people are sent to jail for. It is high time that their people committing crimes on OUR soil must pay. He must burn. He should just stop fighting us, because he is a murdering criminal. He has to pay for his crime on our soil, because he committed it on OUR countries soil.

      BJ - 2012-03-30 09:23

      Not judging him, just wanting to have him judged. You are displaying an acute sense of stupidity by not understanding the difference.

  • marumobongani - 2012-03-30 08:04

    come back boy boy here you gonna be useful as bitch every prisoner is waiting on your as!!!

  • Tahseen - 2012-03-30 08:04

    What a load of rubbish. Blah Blah Blah i'm innocent but i actually don't want to willingly come to South Africa to prove it to the world. Fool!

  • Shirley - 2012-03-30 08:05

    He is worried that HIS health and life are at risk in SA. How does he think Anni felt when she was kidnapped and murdered? He seems to be a psychopath with no feelings for others or regard for what he has done to Anni and her family. He deserves everything that he will receive in prison... He's gonna have a great time in Pollsmoor... What a disgrace to humanity. Rest in peace Anni knowing justice will be served soon!!!

      nspaynter - 2012-03-30 08:27

      So you have already found him guilty? I have already had the experience of being arrested on false charges and been put into prison. I know what it is like. I even attempted suicide. Shrien will be kept either in the hospital section in Goodwood with medical and psychological attention or at Malmesbury where he will have reasonable protection. Yes perhaps he is guilty and will then face the consequences, but my problem is if he isn't there is no effort by the SAPS to find the real murderer, they've stopped looking because they believe they have the morderer. It was the same with the Station Strangler and recently the Inge Lotz murder. I am interested in the progress of the Chanel du Toit case which seems to be ending up the same way.

      Marion - 2012-03-30 08:35

      @nspaynter - 'the real murderer'? One guy is already serving a life sentence and two are awaiting trial / being tried. How many more murderers do you want?

  • Shirley - 2012-03-30 08:07

    Shrien just remember this: Karma's a bitch!!!

  • Deon - 2012-03-30 08:07

    The fight to bring him back is not over after today. He can still appeal his appeal to the Europe court should he lose another paper reported today.

  • Sagren - 2012-03-30 08:08

    bring him

  • Vic - 2012-03-30 08:10

    A load of codswallop ! If he says he's innocent and wants to clear his name, why did he leave the country in the first place? May he be game in Pollsmor, or will he get preferential treatment? Latter I guess .

  • Marion - 2012-03-30 08:14

    My sister just told me that she heard on the news that if this appeal fails he can still appeal to the Human Rights Court. His defence know it is impossible to guarantee his personal safety so that is a pathetic requirement. Even in a British jail he could end up being assaulted. Yes Shrien, come face the music and defend yourself and get justice for your wife.

      Marion - 2012-03-30 08:23

      Sorry, the European Human Rights court...

  • Charles Coelho - 2012-03-30 08:28

    if ur innocent surely u just want to get this all over with and prove it to the world to the families?

  • Richard - 2012-03-30 08:29

    Jeez you people are angry. He's a douche, but really... there are far more evil people in the world than this one little fish.

  • John - 2012-03-30 08:31

    It's always d-day. He has another appeal after this and then another which goes to the EU high court. Hinshod's got money to sort this out. Go figure.

  • Jayson - 2012-03-30 08:35

    Oh just lock up this Ahole already. This is getting old.

  • Nicholas - 2012-03-30 08:40

    Regardless of what happens today, it will still be a long time before Dewani steps on a plane for SA. Apart from the European Court of Human Rights, I am sure his lawyers still have a long list of income generating options for him before letting him go to face the music here.

  • nspaynter - 2012-03-30 08:40

    What happened to our standard of being innocent until PROVED guilty? We're going back to the days when people were executed because they were suspected. Anni's murderer needs to be brought to book and punished. Shrien is SUSPECTED of being involved and still has to face the court and the evidence submitted. My problem is that the search for the murder has stopped. Remember the Station Strangler? Simons was only convicted on one of the charges and on what now seems to be the shaky testimony of one witness. None of the semen samples found at the time matched his. A few years ago he gave more forensic samples for further more modern forensic testing, they never matched either. Where is the REAL station strangler today? In the Inge Lotz murder the SAPS nailed the boyfriend and even cooked the fingerprint evidence. He was found innocent. But where is the real murderer today? Methinks the same thing has happened with the Chanel du Toit murder.

      radlegend - 2012-03-30 09:44

      I cuoldnt agree with you more! Everyone has just assumed that Shrien is guilty, because they have "tried" him in their heads, according to what they read in the papers and according to the news/media. Shrien is innocent until proven guilty- that is how it's supposed to work. Personally, i think Shrien is innocent- an unfortunate victim of a flawed justice system. The police were too lazy to find the real killers, and in an attempt to make SA look "safe" and crime-free...they pin murder on a poor man. Really?? An easy scapegoat for a system that doesn't want to face the facts: people get killed for NO reason at all in this country. You're just in the wrong palce at the wrong time...and bam, you're dead. That's probably what happened to Anni, but they sensationalized it "oooh, honeymon murder".. Seriously? Poor man, i hope he doesn't get extradited, ever!! And i truly hope the police could find the real killer and get real justice for Anni.

      Brian - 2012-03-30 11:23

      @radlegend. In one breath you berate people for holding a position regarding his guilt based on hearsy and then you postulate an opposite view based on exactly the same thing?? You need to at least have some clarity of thought regarding your position.

  • David - 2012-03-30 08:41

    I hope this prat gets sent to South Africa and he burns for it. The UK are forever arresting SA people, and on a few occasions due to some of other idotic technicality. We as South Africa should be allowed to prosecute a criminal from the UK that committed a crime on OUR soil. This is OUR country. We should be allowed to prosecute people from other countries that committ criminal acts on OUR countries soil. He should burn for it.

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  • Toofaan - 2012-03-30 08:58

    It would be fair for his wife's family to have closure. The bigger reason though that he has to be extradited is the message that needs to be sent out. If he isn't brought to trial in SA, the message is that you can get away with murder in SA just by hopping on a plane back to your country. This country can't afford to have people believing that.

  • Mduduzi - 2012-03-30 09:36

    Angazi, but i mite be wrong, if guy is innocent, wouldn't it be better for him to come stand and prove that he is indeed innocent?

  • radlegend - 2012-03-30 09:36

    I hope they never extradite him! He is innocent and doesn't deserve to be framed like this. Poor man... I really really hope he doesn't get extradited.

  • Sam - 2012-03-30 09:44

    If Shrien is so eager to clear his name then why is he fighting the extradition order - he has had more than a year to have his so called ill health sorted out. Surely a year of therapy should have put him in a good place to stand trial??

  • tumi.masha - 2012-03-30 09:51

    This guy made our country look bad when it comes to crime so he must pay for his action. Hope the judge will c through his eyes that he's involved in his wife's death.

  • Ntswiki - 2012-03-30 10:11

    Why in the first place they let him out of the country. in the other country you won't leave until the law has taken its toll

  • Anele - 2012-03-30 10:13

    death penalty! south africa isn't a SLAG HUIS

  • lytteot7 - 2012-03-30 10:30

    How I wish after today he decides to go unwind in mauritius and somehow the plane decides to make an emergency landing in OR Tambo and this rubbish of endless appealing will end. Well wishes but this guy must come and stand trial and if he is not guilty he will go back home.

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