Anni Dewani’s killer to be freed on ‘compassionate grounds’

By Samantha Luiz
07 July 2014

Hitman Xolile Mngeni to be released from prison after a team of doctors concluded his time is running out.

The convicted murderer of honeymoon bride Anni Dewani is set to be released from prison on compassionate grounds. Xolile Mngeni, who for the past month has been treated with a recurring brain tumour, could be released from prison to “die as a free man.”

The recommendation that Mngeni be released was published in a report that South Africa’s Correctional Services Department is said to have prepared for the Department of Justice. Official sources said a team of 11 doctors had accessed the hitman’s condition and concluded that he had just months to live.

“Basically, the doctors say he is going to die soon and it should be as free man. They don’t see the point of him dying in a cell,” one source was quoted as saying.

In reaction to Mngeni’s imminent release, Anni’s father, Vinod Hindocha (64) said Mngeni showed “no mercy” when he shot his daughter and should expect none in return.

“I think it’s totally wrong,” he said.

“It’s like they are kicking us again. He was convicted in a fair trial. If he goes home, who can say for sure how long he will live.”

Mngeni shot and killed Anni Dewani four years ago as she sat in the back of a taxi he and his accomplice, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, had hijacked. He was convicted of her murder after Qwabe pleaded guilty to the crime, saying he was paid £1,400 (R 25,957.66) by Anni’s husband, Shrien Dewani.

Shrien (31), a business man from Bristol, is due to stand trial in October after being extradited to face the claims that he organised the hit.


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