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Murder case of Swedish honeymooner postponed

AFP/The Local · 29 Nov 2010, 12:50

Published: 29 Nov 2010 10:50 GMT+01:00
Updated: 29 Nov 2010 12:50 GMT+01:00

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"The matter is remanded until next Monday," magistrate Jackie Redelinghuys told the court, ordering the three suspects back into custody.

The three are charged with murdering 28-year-old Anni Dewani after hijacking the taxi in which she was travelling with her British husband on November 13 on the outskirts of Cape Town.

William da Grass, attorney for one of the accused Zola Tongo, told the court that negotiations for his client to agree to a plea bargain turn state witness could be finalised by Monday. Tongo was the driver of the vehicle in which the couple were abducted.

"The possibility exists...that we may possibly conclude these negotiations and the plea bargain come the next appearance," Da Grass told the Wynberg regional court.

Newlywed husband Shrien Dewani was released unhurt on the outskirts of Cape Town, but his wife was kidnapped and shot dead. Her body was later found in the hijacked vehicle in an impoverished township neighbourhood.

She was also robbed of a Giorgio Armani ladies wristwatch, a white gold and diamond bracelet, a handbag and a BlackBerry mobile telephone, the charge sheet states.

Tongo, along with Mziwamadoda Qwabe, 25 and Xolile Mngeni, 23, are charged with murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and kidnapping.

The charge sheet states that "the murder was planned or premeditated and committed by a person, group of persons or syndicate acting in the furtherance of a common purpose of conspiracy."

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If negotiations with the state are successful, Tongo's attorney said his client's plea and sentencing could take place on Monday. A police identity parade took place at the weekend but Dewani did not attend, local media reported.

"My client has not been asked to come to South Africa. He has not been asked to participate in an ID parade and he is not in South Africa," Billy Gundelfinger, a South African lawyer acting for Dewani told South Africa's Sunday Times.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

19:27 November 29, 2010 by Rahelli
Its soooooooooooooo sad story again i want to say south african should stop killing people and they should think like a humen bing
23:53 November 29, 2010 by GLO
You cant change a mans Heart. Or lack of.....Sorry...
01:10 November 30, 2010 by Njal
Read an interesting article in The Toronto 'Globe & Mail' this morning, that stated the results of a study claimed 1 in 3 South African males (guess which colour?), had committed a violent rape.

If this is true, then SA is at least as bad now compared to what it was under the Boers.
04:41 November 30, 2010 by ruth_in_sweden
As a tourist guide and nursing sister we are told that there is a rape every 26th second in SA. And that's the ones we know about. Also this statistic has been popular for about 5 yrs now.

Includes ALL races.
07:14 November 30, 2010 by SouthAfrican_in_Sweden

The current crime rate is much higher than during apartheid. Interesting is that the crime committed agains black people is proportionally much higher than under apartheid although the proportion against white people (and all other groups also increased). The race of the perpetrators are never given.


Again the number of rapes proportionally higher against black women than agains other groups. And again the race of the perpetrators are not ever provided in any statistic. Unfortunately, 26seconds are still the rate which is why I can not live there.
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