Court delays Swedish bride murder trial

A South African high court on Friday postponed the murder case of two men accused of killing honeymooner Anni Dewani, as prosecutors await the extradition of her British husband.

Court delays Swedish bride murder trial

Prosecutors want to add Anni’s husband, businessman Shrien Dewani, as a third defendant for her November 2010 murder. A London court last year authorised his extradition to South Africa, but he has appealed and prosecutors are awaiting a decision on the appeal.

“We have not been given a date as to when” the decision on the appeal would come down, said prosecutor Shireen Riley.

The matter was postponed for a further pre-trial hearing on April 13th.

First accused Xolile Mngeni, who underwent surgery to remove a brain tumour last year, and the second defendant, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, were both remanded in custody.

The state will request DNA samples from both accused, Riley said.

The postponement is the latest in the murder case, in which Anni’s husband Shrien is accused of masterminding her death in a botched car hijacking while the couple were honeymooning in Cape Town.

“If it comes positive for us, we’ll add him as accused number three,” regional prosecutions spokesman Eric Ntabazalila told AFP.

Three men were originally charged with the killing but the couple’s driver Zola Tongo was jailed for 18 years after turning state witness and pleading guilty. He claims Dewani had ordered the car-jacking and paid him.

Dewani is currently receiving treatment for depression and stress and has denied all wrongdoing.

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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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