Dewani murder accused ruled fit for trial

2012-08-13 11:48

Cape Town - The Western Cape High Court ruled on Monday that the murder trial of Swedish honeymooner Anni Dewani will start this week after the man accused of gunning her down was found fit to stand trial.

Xolile Mngeni has a brain tumour, which has delayed the trial's start, but a medical exam had found it would "not alter the situation in so far as the ability of the accused to understand" the proceedings, said Judge Robert Henney.

"We will proceed with this trial on Wednesday," he said.

Mngeni was named as the gunman by his fellow accused Mziwamadoda Qwabe last week who pleaded guilty to the 2010 murder, which he said the pair had been recruited to carry out as a botched hijacking for her husband Shrien Dewani.

Qwabe said Mngeni, who arrived in court with a walking frame, had fired the shot from the front passenger seat and that they had agreed to a R15 000 fee. Qwabe was jailed for 25 years after his guilty plea.

It was the second plea bargain to implicate Shrien Dewani, whom South African prosecutors are fighting to extradite from Britain to stand trial.

In 2010, the driver entered his own plea and turned state witness and is serving 18 years in prison.

Britain has approved Dewani's extradition but on March 30 the London High Court temporarily halted the process, citing mental health grounds. The businessman has strongly denied any involvement in the killing.

  • melusi.myaluza - 2012-08-13 12:01

    Good,he thought he was a shaik-selebi,let the law take its course

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-13 12:02

      I was about to say he should have pleaded shaikoholicism or selebintitis

      carpejugulim - 2012-08-13 13:04

      he won't ... he has managed to give himself PTSD (read shaikoholism or selebinitis) with all his worrying about having to stand trial here in SA so they can't possibly send him back here until he is "mentally fit" PUHLEASE!!!!!! he has been implicated twice since when does he have more rights than Anni's family?

      susan.paul.330 - 2012-08-13 13:15

      I really hope the truth comes, and the family gets their closure, however it amazes me how south africa managed to solve this case when their are thousands of cases that slip through the cracks of the justice system in this country, i hope this is not a ploy to save face with the UK.

      christopher.saint.3386 - 2012-08-13 13:57

      Come to PA PA!!

  • preshen.govender.90 - 2012-08-13 12:17

    He must STFU and do his time

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-08-13 12:35

    Dewani must come and face the music. Pappa wag vir jou!

  • Thorboy11 - 2012-08-13 12:36

    I propose selective culling. A dog bites a human and they are put down. This scum is worth less than dogs. I would rather see a house built with my tax money that food go to a criminal in jail.

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-13 12:42

    Yebo! Moronic fella face the music or just commit suicide because Idont need to share oxgen with you,maniac.

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-08-13 12:50

    britons you don't have to be rocket scientists to know that dewani is using you. send that SOB to sa to face justice.

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-08-13 13:38

    This is truly amazing that this idiot with a brain tumour gets to stand trial and the other one Dewani gets off for having depression due to guilt..

  • prince.aneke - 2012-08-13 14:09

    SA shud fetch dat Dewani n examine his mental capabilities here in SA cos britain is f***kn with us, he must come to face his trial

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-08-13 16:03

    oh-oooh. Shrien,I don't want to put you off but I think you must start getting that lube ready.The damage you did to this country's image is enormous and you now have to pay back, inch by inch. Unfortunately for you, you do not hold an ANC membership card so, inch by painful inch.

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