South Africa seeks to extradite Shrien Dewani

An application has been submitted by South African prosecutors to extradite the husband of slain Swedish bride, Anni Dewani, accused of hiring hitmen to murder his wife during their Cape Town honeymoon.

South Africa seeks to extradite Shrien Dewani

The application advances an extradition process begun earlier this month when 30-year-old Shrien Dewani was arrested in Britain after South African police declared him a wanted man in connection with the murder of his 28-year-old wife, Anni.

South African justice ministry spokesman Tlali Tlali said the national prosecutor’s office has formally applied for Dewani to be brought to South Africa to stand trial “for complicity in his wife’s murder”.

Justice officials will forward the application to Britain by January 6th, setting up an extradition hearing, Tlali told AFP.

Anni Dewani was shot and killed on November 13th during a reported carjacking

on the outskirts of Cape Town.

One man who confessed to involvement in the killing has turned state’s witness and implicated the victim’s husband in plotting to kill her.

Zola Tongo, the driver of the car in which the young bride was travelling, said he was paid 1,500 rand ($220 dollars) for his role in the murder. He was sentenced to 18 years in jail.

Dewani, who returned to Britain with his wife’s body days after the killing, was later arrested in Bristol, south of London. He was released on bail pending an extradition hearing and denies any involvement in his wife’s death.

The businessman’s publicist Max Clifford has suggested that Dewani would fight extradition to South Africa, fearing unfair treatment by the justice system.

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Coming soon: an H&M store in South Africa

Swedish cheap'n'chic fashion giant H&M will open its first store in South Africa in 2015, its first foray into sub-Saharan Africa, the company announced on Thursday.

Coming soon: an H&M store in South Africa

H&M said it had signed a contract for a store in Johannesburg, but it was also looking into opening in Cape Town as well and therefore it could not say which store would open first.

“We’re still in the early stages … but there will be several stores,” H&M spokeswoman Camilla Emilsson-Falk told AFP.

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The company said it saw great potential in the South African market but refused to disclose any details.

“We see great potential for further expansion in this region. We look forward to bringing fashion and quality at the best price to the customers in South Africa,” H&M’s chief executive Karl-Johan Persson said in a statement.

The first store that opens will be a full concept flagship store, the company said.

H&M’s only other stores on the African continent are in Egypt and Morocco.

The company said it had opened some 100 new stores in the second quarter, bringing its total number of outlets worldwide to 2,908.

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Using an average annual exchange rate, H&M remained the biggest clothing company in 2012 with its sales edging out Spanish competitor Inditex, which owns Zara.

But H&M risks losing its number one spot this year to Inditex, which has twice as many stores, is growing faster and is more profitable.

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