Dewani ruling worrying - youth movement

2014-12-08 20:51
Members of the Hindocha family outside the Western Cape High Court. (Paul Herman, News24)

Members of the Hindocha family outside the Western Cape High Court. (Paul Herman, News24)

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State can appeal Dewani ruling based on law - expert

2014-12-08 15:04

While Western Cape High Court Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso ruled the case against Shrien Dewani would be dismissed, legal expert Milton de la Harpe confirmed the State would be able to appeal Traverso's ruling - but only on a point of law. Watch.WATCH

Cape Town - The decision to let British businessman Shrien Dewani walk free is worrying for female victims of violence, the National Freedom Party Youth Movement (NFPYM) said on Monday.

"It seems criminals have more powers and rights than us civil citizens," the movement's secretary general Maria Busi Tshabalala said.

"As women we are no longer safe because people who abuse and kill us are let off the hook like it's a fashion statement."

She said women in strategic judicial position were failing female victims and it was no wonder that citizens were taking the law into their own hands.

Western Cape High Court Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso on Monday granted Dewani's application for his discharge on the charge of killing his wife Anni in 2010.

"There is no evidence on which a reasonable man can convict the accused," she said.

It was her opinion that the evidence presented fell far below the required threshold.

She said it was regrettable that many unanswered questions remained about what happened the night Anni was killed, but she could not be swayed by public opinion.

"If any court allowed public opinion or emotion to influence the application of the law it would lead to anarchy," she said.

The only possible reason to refuse Dewani's application was in the hope of him implicating himself during his evidence, which Traverso said would be an injustice.

After a lengthy and costly extradition process, Dewani went on trial in October for allegedly plotting with shuttle taxi driver Zola Tongo and others to kill his wife Anni while they were on honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

He pleaded not guilty to charges including kidnapping, murder and defeating the ends of justice. He claimed the couple was hijacked while Tongo drove them through Gugulethu in his minibus on Saturday, 13 November 2010.

He was released unharmed and Anni was driven away. She was found shot dead in the abandoned minibus in Khayelitsha the next morning.

Tongo is serving an 18-year jail term and Mziwamadoda Qwabe a 25-year jail term. Xolile Mngeni was serving life in jail for firing the shot that killed Anni, but died in prison from a brain tumour on 18 October.

Hotel receptionist Monde Mbolombo, 35, was granted immunity from prosecution on two charges during Mngeni's trial.

During Dewani's trial, he was warned he faced the same five charges as Dewani and had to answer truthfully before a decision on immunity could be made.

Traverso ruled on Monday that she would not grant him immunity.

Read more on:    anni hindocha  |  shrien dewani  |  cape town  |  crime  |  dewani trial

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