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Arrest made in Swedish honeymooner killing

AFP/The Local · 16 Nov 2010, 20:48

Published: 16 Nov 2010 16:18 GMT+01:00
Updated: 16 Nov 2010 20:48 GMT+01:00

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Twenty-eight-year old Anni Dewani, a native of Mariestad in central Sweden, was killed on Saturday evening outside of Cape Town after the taxi she was riding in with her 31-year-old British husband Shrien was carjacked.

"I can now confirm that a 26-year-old male was arrested in Khayelitsha in the early hours of this morning, thanks largely to cooperation from the community," Western Cape community safety minister Albert Fritz said in a statement, according to South African news website Mail & Guardian Online.

"The investigation continues and I urge police to collect and use all available evidence so that we ultimately secure a conviction."

Earlier in the day, police said they had brought in the 26-year-old man for questioning.

Anni Dewani was found shot to death in the abandoned taxi which she and her husband had taken following a Saturday evening dinner.

The couple had been married in India just over two weeks ago and decided to venture outside of Cape Town's tourist district so they could see "the real Africa," Shrien Dewani told The Daily Mail.

"Anni grew up in Sweden and she felt as if the area around this hotel was just like at home: so clean and safe and maybe a bit sterile," he told the newspaper.

"She had never been to Africa before, so she suggested that we should have a look at the 'real Africa.'"

Dewani added he felt "powerless" to help his bride and he carries "an enormous amount of guilt" about the carjacking, which took place as they traveled through Guguletu, a township about 15 kilometres outside of Cape Town.

"The men kept on saying, 'We are not going to hurt you. We just want the car.' That was a lie," he continued.

Minutes later, he was thrown out of the vehicle.

Dewani eventually made his way to a police station and alerted officers that his wife had been kidnapped.

Anni Dewani's body was found early Sunday morning in the abandoned vehicle.

Local officials theorised that the cab driver may have taken a wrong turn as the newlyweds searched for a local restaurant recommended by television chef Jaime Oliver, according to several media reports.

Safety minister Fritz was also frank about the dangers of traveling to the area where the carjacking took place.

"To be in a township at that time of night is very dangerous. It's something I would never do," she told the Daily Mirror newspaper.

Anni Dewani's murder is expected to undo some of the success of the World Cup in promoting South Africa as a safe tourist destination and could damage the world's perception of South Africa, industry insiders said on Tuesday.

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"We hosted an incident-free World Cup and are now facing the very real risk that tragic incidents like this will negate our hard-won positive reputation and create another spiral of Afro-pessimism," Cape Town development and tourism official Felicity Purchase told AFP.

"There is no doubt from a tourist perspective that it will have a negative -impact, especially with all the media attention," said Johan Burger, a crime and justice specialist at the Institute for Security Studies.

South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world, with an average 46 homicides per day last year.

Cape Town tourism officials downplayed suggestions that Anni Dewani's death represents an increased risk to visitors' safety.

"There are thousands of incident-free tours and visits to the townships happening every year," said tourism association chief Mariette du Toit-Helmbold in a statement.

"In this case, the spontaneity of the couple's decision and their unfamiliarity with the area put them at great risk."

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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17:00 November 16, 2010 by asian123
the taxi driver is a criminal.
20:28 November 16, 2010 by SouthAfrican_in_Sweden
As soon as the international spotlight is removed this case will be lost/forgotten and the perpetrators will probably go free. Also, this one arrest is only because the spotlight is now on the country and someone may lose money if it seems that tourists are unsafe. The message here to all criminals in South Africa are that they should leave the tourists alone and keep on murdering South African citizens. But why should anyone care for a country where its citizens don't care for each other?
20:38 November 16, 2010 by Rahelli
if you want vist africa dont go to south africa it is not safe place just go to kenya or ethiopia or tanzanya.
23:33 November 16, 2010 by Civil
My condolences to the bereaved families. I lived in GHANA for over 24 year before coming to Sweden and it's a very safe please too. It is the home country of Kofi Anan and one of the safest in Africa. I know some people from other African countries who feared to live in SA
07:20 November 17, 2010 by Alf Garnett
Let me make a wild guess, the arrested person is of the type of African that the SD warned us about!!

SA, I was in SA for a while in the 80's, a beautiful land where the whites are white & everything else are just wild animals. I didn't stay long couldn't stand the arrogance of the Boers or the apartheid system, when you can't catch a buss, to work, that goes past your house "because it's only for Blacks", & you can't go swimming because the mine manager has decided he wants to close the swimming pool etc, etc. Talk about a despotic regime.
09:49 November 17, 2010 by Åskar
@asian123: "the taxi driver is a criminal."

Interesting comment, could you elaborate it a bit, please!
10:05 November 17, 2010 by villjobba
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12:17 November 17, 2010 by Luckystrike
@Alf Garnett

It's not the 80's anymore old man. That was 30 years ago, "aparteid" ended 16 years ago....Talk about living in the past....
13:48 November 17, 2010 by philk
Parts of Cape Town may not be safe - I went there on honeymoon for 2 weeks but stayed well away from any "real" poverty stricken areas. I wouldn't get a taxi around some parts of London at night - people should be prepared and read some facts about their destination and places to avoid in advance. But the guy has to live with this for the rest of his life and that is an awful price to pay for a few moments of carelessness...
18:17 November 17, 2010 by facetedjewel

They may have changed the laws in SA, but as with antebellum slavery in the U.S., changing the economy and the mindsets can take several generations. People have to die and take their memories and anger with them. (Slavery in the south continued after the Civil War, up until WWII; it just changed form.) Sixteen years is a very short period of time. The townships of CT remain largely black, poor, crowded and violent.
07:33 November 18, 2010 by Alf Garnett
@Luckystrike: I ain't living in the past I'm living in a reality, not much has changed in SA since I lived there, apart from the fact that the balance of power has shifted, crime rate has multiplied, poverty has risen.

The Boers are still as arrogant, most of the white inhabitants either don't care about events outside their conclave, or are too scared to make a noise.

So how about you living in reality?
13:24 November 21, 2010 by annie101
It might be interesting to know that the so called "white" inhabitants do care about the poverty stricken in SA : take a close look on Facebook or UTube at a program called Carte Blance and you will be amazed to see WHO are taking care of aids orphans, etc. If you know a bit about the history of SA - please take the time to read The Covenant, written by an AMERICAN. James Mitchener, before you comment and make yourself look stupid in the eye of the more knowledgable. Take the time to READ www.politicsweb.co.za or www.news24.com, THEN we can have a conversation about South Africa. Andmaybe @Luckystrike can also explain in his wisdom what happened to the billions donated in 1994 to the new SA "democracy" to uplift the poor, because let me tell you : no transparency exist, nopotism and crime is RIFE in SA!
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