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Second arrest in killing of Swedish honeymooner

TT/AFP/The Local · 18 Nov 2010, 08:24

Published: 18 Nov 2010 08:24 GMT+01:00

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Cele spoke to journalists shortly after 26-year-old Xolile Mngeni, the first suspect arrested in the case, made a brief appearance in a Cape Town court and had his case postponed.

Cele said police might arrest "one or two more" suspects as investigations continue, the Sapa news agency reported.

Mngeni and his co-accused, whose name was not released, are accused of abducting 28-year-old Swede Anni Dewani and her British husband Shrien Dewani on the outskirts of Cape Town last Saturday.

The hijackers released the 31-year-old husband, but his wife's body was later found in an impoverished township neighbourhood southeast of central Cape Town.

Mngeni has been charged with murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances, prosecutors said.

According to the newspaper Die Burger, Mngeni has admitted the murder to police, citing several media. However, there is no official confirmation from the police.

Mngeni was charged on Wednesday with Dewani's murder.

His case was postponed to November 25 to allow time for a public aid lawyer to be appointed to represent him.

Dewani, from Mariestad in central Sweden, had been in Cape Town celebrating her honeymoon with her new British husband Shrien when their car was hijacked by two armed men at an intersection.

The hijackers later released Shrien Dewani, but his wife's body was later found in a impoverished township neighbourhood south of Cape Town.

Like Mngeni, the man whose arrest was announced Thursday is a 26-year-old resident of Khayelitsha, a poor area near where Dewani's body was found, Cele said.

He said police have recovered two cell phones, a bracelet and a watch linking the hijacking to the two men already arrested.

He said the post mortem investigation did not uncover evidence of a sexual assault.

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According to media reports, the post-mortem also showed that Anni Dewani died of a single gunshot wound to the neck and her body had been released to her family.

South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world, with an average 46 killings a day last year, according to official statistics.

Cape Town tourism officials have 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.

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06:03 November 19, 2010 by volvoman9
This is so horribly sad but begs the question as to why people insist on frequenting these crime ridden countries. The world is full of beautiful places. I have visited Mexico for years and love it dearly but I would no more cross it's border today than swim with a hungry shark. Crime has ruined this country as it has many others. This is a sad but very real condition. Consider the tourists that sail near Somalia or the hikers in Iraq jailed for crossing into Iran. Why take the chance?
21:57 November 19, 2010 by Alf Garnett
Another of the people the SD warned us about!!!
09:28 November 20, 2010 by dunesurfer
Once her body arrives in UK they should do another autopsy. They will find she was sexually assaulted. South Africa is trying to cover this up to save face.

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It is a tragedy. My condolences to the family in Sweden.

However the ANC led government is lying to everyone, even foreigners. It was not an 'isolated' incident. In that township since March this year 110 people have been murdered. In the last 5 years more than 700! This was on the news today with an expert that called into an Afrikaans radio station. (RSG) It's a lie about no incidents during the world cup too. The ANC's propaganda machine was suppressing all news about violent crime. Dutch and German tourists were mugged and even raped. One American was murdered on the 'Gau-train' in Johannesburg. They did a good job in making the world believe SA is a 'utopia.'

Us locals are the ones that suffer.


It is really really sad what happened to Anni but let her death not be in vain. Maybe she'll be our voice in South Africa about a government that is incompetent and corrupt. Marxist at the most which successfully fooled the world to put them in power. Even this whole week the ANC youth league openly supported North Korea!

Here is the names of some of the farmers tortured and murdered in South Africa by similar people that murdered Anni.

12:25 November 20, 2010 by HowSwedeitis
@dunesurfer: I thought the same thing reading the story. You know they didn't just kick out the husband and take the woman for no apparent reason. That part of the horrific story screamed rape to me. I was so saddened about that. Bastards. I too believe that they are covering up what happened to her.

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