Mngeni treated for rare tumour

2012-11-26 14:28

Cape Town - Anni Dewani's killer suffers from an extremely rare brain cancer with a low survival rate, the Western Cape High Court heard on Monday.

Jeanette Parkes, an oncologist at Groote Schuur hospital, said Xolile Mngeni was diagnosed with a pineoblastoma in May last year and underwent surgery two months later.

"It's a very rare kind of brain tumour. It represents less than 0.1% of brain tumours," she told the court.

"It's more common in children and disseminates in the brain. It causes seeding in the brain and around the spinal cord."

Survival rate

She said international studies showed there was a less than 20% chance of survival over a five-year period.

Parkes was testifying in mitigation of sentence.

Mngeni was convicted of the premeditated murder of the tourist last week.

He was also found guilty of robbery with aggravating circumstances and the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

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

Parkes said Mngeni underwent radiotherapy and chemotherapy after his surgery in 2011 and it seemed to have been successful.

Recurring tumour

A scan last week showed the disease to be clear.

"The tumour is no longer visible, but I know from natural behaviour that once you've had spread [of cells], there's a fairly high chance the tumour will recur," she said.

"If the tumour recurs, there is very little treatment offered. It if recurs, the outcome is nearly always fatal."

Qalisile Dayimani, for Mngeni, appealed to Judge Robert Henney not to impose the minimum prescribed sentence of life, citing the medical condition as a substantial and compelling circumstance.

Henney said he had a very difficult decision ahead, balancing Mngeni's medical condition with the fact he had shown no remorse.

  • Thandeka2Luv - 2012-11-26 14:32

    Two crimes this lad commited, 1. being black, 2. being poor.. quote me

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-26 14:38

      Sorry, no sympathy here. Hope you sentence really turns out to be life...

      rowan.maulson - 2012-11-26 14:38

      Actually no, the only crime of any relevance to this person at this point in time is the murder of an innocent tourist.

      eil33nn - 2012-11-26 14:39

      Nope. 1. He had no pride in himself. (Being poor doesn't mean you should be a criminal.) 2. Had no respect for another human life. Those were his 2 crimes...

      Rob.Gill.03 - 2012-11-26 14:47

      Thandeka, by far the overwhelming majority of 1. black and 2. poor South Africans do not commit murder without remorse ... so think again as to his 'real' crimes.

      walter.tgsa - 2012-11-26 14:52

      Since when is one's pigmentation a crime? What a lot of hogwash! Also some criminals suddenly dying of some sort of disease, and then live forever, it seems!

      brad.ken.18 - 2012-11-26 14:56

      He's a murderer and doesnt deserve to live. Hope its long and slow.

      lucy.bush.9231 - 2012-11-26 14:59

      Thandeka2Luv ..Stand aside everybody...race card coming thru.......

      khumo.lebone - 2012-11-26 14:59

      Thandeka my dear, go and read Mills & Boon or those girly magazines or maybe play with a neighbour's cat but do stay away from socio-political topics, they're just not for you my dear as they kind of expose your brain cells ... or lack thereof.

      Deon - 2012-11-26 15:12

      There is the small matter of murder that you forgot, even Mr Mandela won't get away with murder. He might have been forgiven with his Winnie?

      arlene.daly.3 - 2012-11-26 15:21

      Thandeka, what had Anni Dewani done to deserve being murdered. Being white & rich cos she was on honeymoon. Please get over your own issues with being black. Race has nothing to do with it

      simon.harle.10 - 2012-11-26 15:22

      U are simply ignorant, he took a life for money. The fact that he has a tumour is irrespective, an eye for an eye and he should not receive a lesser sentence or medical parole. He needs to rot for ever.

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-11-26 15:24

      What 'lad'???I can think up more appropriate things to call 'it'!!!

      richard.zanner - 2012-11-26 15:28

      How is being black relevant to this discussion at all. I read your comment a few times to make sure you are not actually joking. If you are serious then you are a sad case. Does this mean every black person who is poor may kill ? Consider the lady killed was also not white if that makes any difference to your opinion. Have you no feeling for the lady who died on her honeymoon. By saying that being black is a defence for murder are you saying it is normal for black people to murder so it is ok. I hope you are joking failing which you are one sick lady and many black people will not share your view.

      chiefkeef.gbe.7 - 2012-11-26 15:31

      Unfortunately you are not on the gravy train Mngeni, No medical parole for your ass ....Who would like to give Thandeka this prestigious award for the "DUMBEST COMMENT OF THE DAY"???

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-11-26 15:41

      Why bother to treat this piece of filth. Let nature take it's course.

      simon.pearce.790 - 2012-11-26 15:55

      "Riley said that many people from similar backgrounds chose the moral high ground and never committed murder for money. If Mngeni had been a man desperately trying to support himself and his family, he would have spent the money on basic necessities instead of brand name clothing."

      jackie.m.dickson - 2012-11-26 17:07

      What a stupid statement?

      braamc - 2012-11-26 18:38

      3 being a murderer, won't be missed

      mabula.mtsweti - 2012-11-26 22:11

      @Thandeka2Luv - Oh get over yourself with your disgusting racist, immature comments. I've been watching you for a while without comment. You are so.....nothing, comes to mind! If you cant say anything of value, STFU. Idiot!

  • eil33nn - 2012-11-26 14:37

    I hope they keep him comfortable in jail, but he deserves no more special treatment than that.

      gift.ndlovu.564 - 2012-11-26 15:09

      He should be released on Medical Parole.

      eil33nn - 2012-11-26 15:15

      Seriously?! He gave up on all his rights as a human being when he took another human beings life.

      tim.gordon.5011516 - 2012-11-26 15:17

      No, hang the bas-turd

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-11-26 15:26

      There goes gift AGAIN!!!!!

      wesley.fick - 2012-11-26 15:27

      Releasing him on parole wouldn't help, he's likely to get lynched as it is. Lock him up and keep him away from the public so he doesn't give good, honest and morally sound black people a bad name.

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-11-26 14:38

    So what if he has a brain cancer of some form or another.... That is not relevant to him committing murder, and being sentenced to jail. If he dies inside, then so be it...

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-11-26 14:55

      Did the cancer make him kill Anni Dewani ? If not , then he must sit or lay out his sentence ! He didn't hesitate to harm this beautiful and innoncent woman, whom he didn't even know.

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      kobie.nel1 - 2012-11-26 20:15

      Geeez, do I realy have to dig this far down in the comment to hit the jackpot. Well, another medical parole comming up. Wonder who pay the bribe.

  • phillipa.mill - 2012-11-26 14:38

    he must die in jail tumor or no tumor

      Poloyatonki - 2012-11-26 16:13

      I wish he goes to hell and burn "as if I believe in bible"

  • cindy.mackenzie.75 - 2012-11-26 14:47

    Sorry thandeka but poverty and skin colour are not a license for evil. Murder is murder but clearly he allowed greed to override his conscience.

  • ursula.thyssen - 2012-11-26 14:55

    May his soul finds peace and may he wherever he is finds God...I cannot judge him...cause i will be judged..I pray that God will deal with him...

      sean.carbutt - 2012-11-26 15:09

      Don't worry ursula, while you are condoning murder and defending this scum, us mere mortals will judge him for you. Guilty as charged, now hang the trud. Amen

      grant.montgomery.5074 - 2012-11-26 17:01

      I am a born again Christian and say hang him or at least let him die in jail. Gosh, Sabir Shaik has really started something. I wonder who paid the 'medical experts' ?

  • KholoFaith Monareng Ka Duma - 2012-11-26 14:58

    @Thandeka: Shame,you're an ignorant soul.Seemingly you enjoy this black/white racecard.He commited a crime,which he has to serve punishment for.Do enlighten us if you're his alibi - maybe then we could 'think' that his crime was being black& poor - which still doesn't justify anything

  • gerrie.pretorius1 - 2012-11-26 15:01

    Hope he lives another 50 years... IN PRISON. His medical condition does not reverse the act of MURDER!

  • KholoFaith Monareng Ka Duma - 2012-11-26 15:03

    so everyone will commit crime and cry illhealth?How is it the courts problem that this man has a turmour?It doesn't give him license to do crime.But then again,he probably hopes he'll get away with it since people of higher calibre played the courts with similar reason

  • robert.starke.98 - 2012-11-26 15:05

    Guilty of murder - simple = Go to jail, sick or not, you committed a crime and took away an innocent life. Now you must pay for your actions. If you die in jail, -tough !! No sympathy

  • michelle.marshall.3158652 - 2012-11-26 15:08

    the tumor didnt worry him when he killed Anni! why does it all of a sudden worry him now that he is convicted - another Shabir - rot in hell and take your punishment like a man!

  • piet.lombard.5 - 2012-11-26 15:16

    Called... SHABIRSHAKUS

      juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-11-26 15:28


  • arlene.daly.3 - 2012-11-26 15:18

    Dont forget to slam and lock the gates behind him. They get medical treatment in prison too. Good Bye you piece of trash

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-11-26 15:22

    At least the taxpayer will not have to foot the bill for long.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-26 15:22

    Kharma is a bit@h!

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-26 15:23

    shem, so he needed to do such a beautiful woman in to death to remedy his own affliction? Did he maybe reach climax when perpetrating the deed as well, then we can all truly sympathise? Is this not possibly a genetic thing that the Rwandans and Congolese are trying to eradicate using ethnic cleansing, but merely in this EC refugee land where it appears to be endemic? Surely we can discover some more issues to allow him out to go and learn golf with Schabby Shaik BUT not from me! Rather slip him a lethal injection now.

  • henk.tredoux.7 - 2012-11-26 15:24

    It's not possible! In order to have a brain tumour you need to have a brain! Get your facts right!

      Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-11-26 15:31

      Henk - :) well said.

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-26 15:26

    Learn to play golf and be released on health parole. Everyone else is doing it why not you.

  • - 2012-11-26 15:27

    Ok, I figured it out. Give him an option out. Let him be killed like he killed her. Sorted.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-11-26 15:27

    The day I find out I am terminal, I will go and murder all my enemies. Why not, i will not go to jail.

  • tristan.constable.1 - 2012-11-26 15:28

    Who gives a sh*t if he indeed is terminally ill?? He didnt give 2 f*cks when he killed her...

  • Deon - 2012-11-26 15:38

    Murder plus no remorse should be an easy result = 25 years.

  • daan.phalaborwa - 2012-11-26 15:46

    It is actually a very common tumor. It sits right above the shoulders of almost everyone that sits in the cabinet.

  • kitty2wp - 2012-11-26 16:05

    amazingly he was well enough to commit this crime and nobody would've known about any tumour had he not gone to jail and had the instant free medical attention there. i have a mom who cannot afford a cat scan so we just hope she will cope on Adcodol for her intense migranes. cannot trust those State Hospitals.

  • jackie.m.dickson - 2012-11-26 17:07

    Nope! No tough decision. He needs to go to jail for the rest of his life. He should never have received treatment in the first place although he hadnt been tried yet. And if he gets it again...tell someone who cares.

  • nonceba.motsisi - 2012-12-05 11:59

    Thandeka maybe you'll understand the day this happens to your family. Thats haugwash talk coming from u. Anni Dewani didn't deserve to die at all and for their selfish behaviour and the love of money they went along. Cancer or not he must pay for his sins and it will stop south africans from loving money.

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