NPA concerned over Dewani documentary

2012-03-22 15:57

Cape Town - The national prosecuting authority on Thursday expressed concern about a BBC documentary set to air next week which will apparently show never-seen-before footage in the hours before Anni Dewani’s murder.

In a teaser on their website, the BBC's Panorama programme said that it had "exclusive access to CCTV footage never before seen publicly".

But the NPA's Mthunzi Mhaga told News24: "We are obviously concerned because the matter is pending before court and therefore sub judice.

"The documentary will amount to trial by media."

NPA unsure what footage BBC has

Panorama said the film will "investigate" the case against Shrien Dewani, Anni's husband and the alleged mastermind of her murder, who is fighting to avoid extradition to South Africa to avoid trial.    

"The CCTV images reveal a different side to the couple than has so far been portrayed," Panorama said.

Mhaga said the NPA doesn’t know what footage the BBC programme has or even how they got it.

Anni was killed in an apparent hijacking of their taxi in Gugulethu in November 2010. The hijackers had apparently thrown Shrien from the car, leaving him unharmed.

Her body was found in the taxi in Khayelitsha.

The taxi’s driver, Zola Tongo, told police that Shrien offered him R15 000 to have his wife killed.

An extradition order was signed against Dewani by British Home Secretary Theresa May in September last year.

Dewani has since appealed to the British High Court.

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  • camp.j - 2012-03-22 16:11

    Dude, if you are innocent come and defend yourself, simple as that! Fighting an extradition order further implicates you.

      Mike - 2012-03-22 17:18

      Wow, so our Super Shaik of intelligence could not figure this one out? Now why am I surprised??

      Karoo - 2012-03-23 08:34

      There is no way in hell that Dewani will get a fair hearing in SA. He is innocent and ALL the evidence so far was fake. Lets not forget this. Even the sms and camera footage was staged. I believe the man is innocent and that the SAP want desperately to cover up their balls-up. He had no reason for killing her......not even a cent.

      Bibi - 2012-03-23 08:45

      Karoo: and you have insider info? Dewani was in a marriage that he did not want as he is gay.

  • Mike_or_Mpho - 2012-03-22 16:12


  • richard.hipkin - 2012-03-22 16:25

    Sounds like sensationalist rubbish...

      Andrew - 2012-03-22 21:04

      Agree....ingore it!! The BBC has it's own agenda...

  • Richard - 2012-03-22 16:25

    very interesting as to how the bbc obtained teh footage while our police and npa say they have conducted a thorough investigation. the footage should be viewd so we can make a determination on it, however our police and npa must still be called to account for tehir clear failure to obtain this footage.

      Gary - 2012-03-22 16:59

      Money talks Richard.......a tenner says that the person who had the footage sold it to the BBC.

  • Kala - 2012-03-22 16:30

    The nice thing about a "trial by media" is that it's much faster than the normal court procedures, which can take years, and there is no appeal process. Just getting Dewani back to South Africa has taken almost 2 years and cost us untold expenses.

  • Christopher - 2012-03-22 16:35

    The plot thickens...I see the police again has "lost" the evidence...nice to see other people doing the police's job better.

      Kala - 2012-03-22 17:28

      Not really Christopher. We have recently seen cases where video footage was apparently not enough evidence to prosecute. Just ask the holess guy who was run over and beaten by a taxi driver. Maybe the NPA are relying on that ruling being applied in the British Courts.

  • justin.pretorius - 2012-03-22 16:49

    That guy is not helping himself by hiding in the UK. If he is so innocent then he must be tried here in SA

  • Heiku - 2012-03-22 17:00

    Grow a pair, disregard this documentary and let justice be served! Is that too much to ask!?

  • Shirley - 2012-03-22 17:04

    For the BBC to have this in the first place makes me wonder how well the NPA dotted their Is and crossed their Ts? They wont be able to gag it so now its a case of wait and see.

  • Alex - 2012-03-22 17:29

    If they show that footage to the public then NPA will have to release the driver who is already in jail. BBC, your message is very clear, you don't respect South Africa from a moral, legal, and as a nation. If you have got footage never seen before give it to the courts. Dewani is British and not South African for that matter. Whom are you disadvantaging aor advantaging in your move. This is just a culture of pure disrespect. You cannot disrepsect another country to that level. You need to be insane to do that. NPA, i am suprised by your soft and apologetic voice to BBC's move. Tell them you release the footage we set free the driver and we are out of it. Are there any monetary gains to be made by South Africa out of this case? i doubt it. So why spend their resources on it? It is purely out of respect for human life irrespective of nationality of that person. It's a moral and legal obligation and there is nothing to be gained material wise by South Africa. NPA, talk tough; u release, we also release (period). BBC, i grew up listening to your programs. This bread and butter journalism in BBC now, where and when did it start? Re-think. There is also intelligence in re-thinking!

      Kevin - 2012-03-23 08:08

      No respect for the law Alex, you would try and blackmail a foreign news service. All that shows is a level of ignorance and stupidity that should remain hidden.

  • Wesley - 2012-03-22 17:34

    Perhap CSI RSA could use the footage for there case. (if it is never been seen before, why didn't the NPA seen it before, how is it that BBC could have the footage and not the NPA). I think the NPA sits and wait for evidence to walk into there offices, they don't surge for it

      Wesley - 2012-03-22 19:19

      Hey you stupid, it is search not surge

      Atholl - 2012-03-22 19:49

      Hey you stupid - .. it's Wiseley, not Wesley (or u could use Clouseau, Inspector) ... it's their case, not there case. .... there's an 'h' in 'sits'. .. waits could be better than wait. From yr free [grama] {gramar} {grandmar] {gramm} spelling inspector. ;-) Wes is the man !

  • Virginia - 2012-03-22 17:34

    Why worry about what they going to show, its either the truth of what happened, or its video's taken on his honeymoon, showing a loving couple, what else could it be. The route that he took that night in the taxi ending up at a local restaurant in Strand was not the sign of loving husband giving his wife a good evening out.

  • Erich - 2012-03-22 17:56

    The NPA's concern is in my opinion not justified. They must have serious doubts as to the impartiality of our judiciary and neither the NPA nor the judicial officer who might get involved in the Dewani hearing if Dewani is extradicted, have any knowledge now and even if the contents of the documentary is made known before the trial, it should not influence the final outcome. The court will not take cognisance of a documentary TV programme.

  • Melanie - 2012-03-22 18:21

    better let the public do the trials. No truth within the justice sysytem. Show us the documentary, pls

  • prince.mangunda - 2012-03-22 18:35

    criminal mind!

  • Debra - 2012-03-22 18:39

    Here in the U.K. we have seen this kind of thing before, with the McCann case. They too used Panorama to present their version of events. This from the couple that admitted they never even looked for their 3 year old daughter Madeleine McCann on the night she went missing, plus the mother Kate McCann refused to answer the 48 questions the police asked her except the last one. Saying that she was fully aware that in not answering the police questions she was jeopardising the search for her daughter. It is absolutely bloody outrageous that someone accused of a crime and that has substanial means at their disposal can use the media and T.V as a vehicle and platform to present a defence in advance of a court hearing. In particular the hiring of a 'Spin Doctor', to spin lies and and prevent the 'real' facts being clear, by constantly muddying the waters. Of course Shrien Dewani was clearly aware of the McCann case, which is why he hired himself a Spin Doctor and immediately gave his story to the press, which of course as we have seen has been subsequently altered, amended and embroidered ever since. The classic comment from his Spin Doctor 'All Shrien and his family want is truth and justice', at the very same time as fighting extradition. Shrien Dewani has a case to answer and should be extraditied it's a simple as that!

  • Julian - 2012-03-22 19:28

    The NPA should know that the Sub Judice Rule is applicable to a Trial by Jury. Since we in South Africa no longer have Jury's .Sub Judice has become irrelevant

  • Piet - 2012-03-22 21:24

    The BBC Media is better than the NPA in gathering evidence....

  • charmaine.rowlands - 2012-03-23 00:22

    O good grief, drag his ass back here and try him. If he's innocent, he can go home, if he's not, we'll have to pay his "board and lodging" for the next 25 - 28 years (damn). Let's get this over with now!! Anni's family need closure.

  • Serame - 2012-03-26 17:02

    Im not a lawyer..but surely one doesnt need a degree to notice that this could jeorpadise the case and afford this Criminal the opportunity to prove that his trial wont be fair..BBC must respect the procesess and extradiction procedures..I understabnd that this matter is a nail-biting one as we are all waiting to see him being locked-up just like his accomplices..

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