Dewani verdict 'a milestone'

2012-11-20 22:35

Johannesburg - The guilty verdict handed down to Xolile Mngeni for the murder of honeymoon tourist Anni Dewani was a milestone for the country's judicial system, government said on Tuesday.

"The ruling ... reaffirms that crime is not to be tolerated in South Africa," said Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams.

Western Cape High Court Judge Robert Henney found Mngeni, 25, guilty on Monday of robbery with aggravating circumstances, premeditated murder and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

He was acquitted on a kidnapping charge, as this formed part of a single chain of events leading up to the murder.

Dewani was shot dead in Gugulethu on 13 November 2010, in an allegedly faked hijacking.

The ruling was a warning to those who committed crimes against women and children in particular, said Williams.

"We acknowledge and commend the law enforcement agencies for their role in ensuring that the law takes its course."

  • rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-11-20 23:25

    This is no "milestone", it's a tiny shuffle in the greater scheme of things. A milestone would be when Zuma and the rest of his crooked ANC buddies, hangers on and tenderpreneurs are behind bars.

      honey.deelishus - 2012-11-21 08:48

      The ruling ... reaffirms that crime is not to be tolerated in South Africa??????? The only reason this one went through the system so well was because of international media! Look at the Crime Stats you moron. You are a Judge aren't you? Or maybe you only manage to see one or two cases a year - the rest get off scot-free. Also - The ruling was a warning to those who committed crimes against women and children - OMG, are you blind, deaf, or just stupid? Read any paper, any day. Tw@!

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-11-21 01:03

    What about that pervert still hiding in the UK? Why hasn't he been extradited?

      arthur.hugh - 2012-11-21 01:05

      Oops sorry my bad. Forgot that the rest of the world is bigger than Africa and international criminals are protected. OOPS sorry my bad again. Clean forgot criminals in SA also get away with murder.

  • sonny.brilliant - 2012-11-21 01:21

    How did this guy take part while using a granny walker or is it a stunt...?

      lisa.staden - 2012-11-21 09:29

      My thoughts exactly, I can see the headlines "Mngeni too ill to go to jail, needed aid to walk" It is the new fashion, if you on trial you need to get some sort of illness or injury. If Shabir can do it why not every single flippin crook in this country!!! What next!!

  • brionyl.french - 2012-11-21 05:24

    and he will be out soon prisons are full. We should put to death our murderers

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-21 06:36

    That poor woman how frightened she must have been. Hope this shows the U.K. that Dewani will get a fair trial. It will never give the family closure, don't think you ever get closure when your child is murdered.

  • karoo.gypsy - 2012-11-21 06:41

    What a sad day if we think that sending someone to jail for murder is a milestone ?? It should be compulsory!

  • cpsmit - 2012-11-21 07:23

    "The ruling ... reaffirms that crime is not to be tolerated in South Africa," said Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams." Unless you have ANC connections.

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-11-21 07:32

    Bla bla bla... Its a milestone and takes years to put these idiots behind bars... why?? because our government likes to play doll, and Lawyers needs to be paid and kept busy... I cant believe how stupid people are in this country... flippen hell...

  • willa.prinsloo - 2012-11-21 08:29

    Idiotic remark if I ever heard on. Why a "milestone" - because of the inefficient police being able to apprehend AND obtain a conviction ?

  • justin.ove - 2012-11-21 08:36

    Although I'm happy to see that justice has been served in this case, but should the proper operation of the justice system be lauded as a "milestone?" If so, can I put myself in for a Nobel Prize for breathing?

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-21 09:38

    A milestone for the country's judicial system? Isn't this very system not African enough for Jacob?

  • liz.jansevanvuuren - 2012-11-21 10:22

    I agree with Hugh and Rodney. What "milestone" has been achieved. Sure, Mngeni may have pulled the trigger..... but what about the mastermind??? He will never be extradited to RSA. Just like Shabir Sheik and Jacky Selebe .... fake illness and you literally get away with murder. The legal system sucks.

  • tshepoya.bamagoro - 2012-11-21 13:40

    What the *&*K, the Husband is still enjoying His honeymoon and you call this a milestone,=sick=

  • andre.vanderzwan.1 - 2012-12-05 09:59

    yeah tell that to the farmers they killed the past few weeks. hang the bastards. F@king cowards

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