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Driver charged in murder of Swedish honeymooner

The driver of a van in which a Swedish honeymooner was kidnapped and killed in South Africa's southern city of Cape Town appeared in court on Monday as the third suspect in her murder.

Driver charged in murder of Swedish honeymooner

Zola Tongo, 31, is the third man to be charged with the murder of 28-year-old Anni Dewani, robbery with aggravating circumstances and kidnapping, National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Eric Ntabazalila said.

“He is the driver of the vehicle, of the taxi,” he said. “He is suspected of being involved in these three charges and these two other guys.”

Tongo could turn state witness and his attorney has been in plea bargain discussions with the state since his arrest on Saturday.

“What it means is basically that he is working with the state, he is assisting in the investigation,” he said.

Dewani, a native of Mariestad in central Sweden, was killed after the taxi in which she was travelling with her British husband was hijacked on November 13.

Her husband Shrien Dewani was released unhurt on the outskirts of Cape Town but she was kidnapped. Her body was later found in an impoverished township neighbourhood.

Anni Dewani was also robbed of a Giorgio Armani ladies wristwatch, a white gold and diamond bracelet, a handbag and a Blackberry cellular telephone, the charge sheet states.

The honeymooners had dined in a seaside restaurant in a town outside Cape Town and were on their way back to the city when Anni Dewani asked to see township nightlife, media reported.

Tongo appeared alongside 25-year-old Mziwamadoda Qwabe on Monday and the case was postponed for a week.

The first accused is 23-year-old Xolile Mngeni who will again be in court on Thursday after his case was postponed last week as he did not have a lawyer.

The state has successfully applied for a photo blackout of the suspects until a police identification parade is held.

Police spokesman Frederick van Wyk said the line-up should take place this week.

“There’s no date for it but they will finalise it in the course of this week,” he said.

It was not certain when Shrien Dewani would return to Cape Town, he said.

“SAPS (South African Police Service) detectives are in contact with Mr. Dewani and at this stage they did not give any indication when he will be back in Cape Town,” he said.

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HEALTH

Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime 

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