Mngeni gets life for Anni Dewani murder

2012-12-05 11:47

Cape Town - The Western Cape High Court jailed Xolile Mngeni for life on Wednesday for killing honeymoon tourist Anni Dewani.

He was also sentenced to 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances and to five years for possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition, to run concurrently with his life term.

Judge Robert Henney convicted him of the crimes last week.

Mngeni seemed shocked when the sentence was handed down, and stood wide-eyed, with his mouth agape.

He propped up his skinny body by placing an arm on the dock.

Victim's father in court

Dewani's father Vinod Hindocha stared at Mngeni, but they did not make eye contact.

When considering Mngeni's health - he had a brain tumour - Henney said that in a constitutional democracy, the court should not lose sight of the element of mercy.

"The element of mercy is based on one of our constitutional values, and that is human dignity."

However, he said Mngeni had come across as a merciless and evil person who consistently showed no remorse.

The court had to impose serious punishment on those who committed such offences and had to uphold the interests of society.

Dewani, 28, was shot dead in Gugulethu on November 13, 2010, in an apparent faked hijacking. Her body was found the next day.

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-12-05 11:50

    GOOD! Murderers should be executed for their crimes!!! Now bring back that loser 'husband' from England!!!

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-05 12:03


      carol.otto.94 - 2012-12-05 12:32

      i agree the husband is as guilty shame now he is suffering from flash backs and now is only a husk of a man - the swinw must hang

      john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-12-05 14:06

      Big thumbs up to the above,hanging is to quick stoning sounds beter

      barry.mcbride - 2012-12-05 14:39

      @Charles: Why are the majority of born-again Christians or Christ followers against the death penalty then?

  • zipho500 - 2012-12-05 11:52

    Justice has been served,hope he rots in jail scumbag!!!!

  • Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-12-05 11:59

    Excellent news. Let him rot in jail.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-12-05 12:01

      Now what about The masterminds in this and the Henning case??

  • christelle.woudberg - 2012-12-05 11:59


  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-12-05 12:00

    Give that Judge a BOX of bells

  • kwenza.ndlovu - 2012-12-05 12:03

    NPA must bring down mastermind 2face the music lyk other.i think guys ekasi they ve learn crime doesnt pay

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-12-05 12:05

      They will just come out of jail (probably be released by another ANC pardon), and he will be worse than before. Better to just exterminate the murderers in South Africa. BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY FOR THESE ANIMALS!!!

  • willem.leroux2 - 2012-12-05 12:05


  • mlimiliba.siqendu - 2012-12-05 12:08

    Psychopaths have no place in society. They must be taken out of society immediately. You could deduce from the way he defended himself during the trial that the court was dealing with a remorseless person.

  • thozi - 2012-12-05 12:13

    For this guy, a life imprisonment sentence is still too short...

  • Pallie Sithole Pallie Sithole - 2012-12-05 12:15

    thanks also to SA police!!!!

  • jmatebane - 2012-12-05 12:18

    Now for the mastermind to come face the music.

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-12-05 12:27

    Does it bring back the beautiful victim & restore faith to that family? Impressions and perceptions that at least are not yet censored by Jesse Duartte are that if he had perpetrated a "farm murder" he would have been innocent of all charges and possibly held shoulder high. Just as Dewani is using every tactic to avoid facing his charges, like some presidents do. What an anomaly SA has become.

  • sagebrush.bush - 2012-12-05 12:32

    Scary to think that there are so many of his type walking around in SA.

      Barefoot - 2012-12-05 12:45


  • phindile.zina - 2012-12-05 12:42

    Now it's high time for that 'gay' Shrien Dewani, to come to Mzansi and face the music, that half-man used those poor guys to do his dirty work...

  • mtlhavanirecksons - 2012-12-05 12:51

    That done, nw Shrien you are next my boet!!

  • wayne.vandyk.98 - 2012-12-05 12:51

    now they must hunt the husband, die luis!

  • zikhona.zet - 2012-12-05 13:01

    At last tjoo

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-12-05 13:02

    Why does he get life and others only get a few years? Because the murdered was a tourist? Because of the media hype? Was she more important than the thousands of South Africans murdered? Glad he got life, but please do the same for ALL murderers!!!!

  • xanavin.vonbuchenroder - 2012-12-05 13:07

    Now we need to get the husband in Polsmoor ASAP. Someone inside their needs a 'Bitch' urgently.

  • miehleketo.ndlovu.7 - 2012-12-05 13:16

    Justice served, I Love this

  • richard.zanner - 2012-12-05 13:52

    He should be shot execution style.

  • venessa.cuthbert - 2012-12-05 15:00

    MMM whilst the master mind behind all of this continues to not have to face the law and hides behind money and power.

  • vera.platt - 2012-12-05 15:15

    Our justice system only provides for the rich. Shaik was supposed to be dead two years ago yet he is currently playing golf. This guy has an actual brain tumor, why can't he be out playing golf too? DON'T get me wrong, he is in the wrong with the crime. But where is the fair and equal justice in this country?

      mlimiliba.siqendu - 2012-12-06 04:01

      You must always shy away from a layman's argument that crime is crime and it's the same. It has degrees of seriousness. The one which was committed by the Selebis and Shaiks was just an association with criminal and enterprises when they were supposed to have known, through their positions , that what they were associating themselves with is crime. With this case we talk of somebody who gave himself time to get hold and prepare a weapon which he knows that at some stage he will use. He eventually uses that weapon and now we have to make comparisons with people who committed crime without maybe fully knowing that they were committing a crime.

  • yolandie.theron - 2012-12-05 16:19

    Judge Robert Henney for President! Next case Mr Kotze!

  • edwardsch - 2012-12-05 16:41

    Now that the sentence starts, take away his walking frame and he will do quite well without it. Another Selebi/Shaik attempt and getting around justice. Just one thing - throw away the key!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • elana.swartland - 2012-12-05 17:16

    what I dont understand is why can't South Africa law/goverment let the husband come to SA. He is behind the whole thing he must also pay for the crime.Let him come to SA so he will know what a 28 is

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