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Dewani trial to begin after gunman ruled fit

A South African high court ruled Monday that the murder trial of Swedish honeymooner Anni Dewani will start this week after the man accused of gunning her down was found fit to stand trial.

Dewani trial to begin after gunman ruled fit

Xolile Mngeni has a brain tumour, which has delayed the trial’s start, but a medical exam had found it would “not alter the situation in so far as the ability of the accused to understand” the proceedings, said Judge Robert Henney.

“We will proceed with this trial on Wednesday,” he said.

Mngeni was named as the gunman by his fellow accused Mziwamadoda Qwabe last week who pleaded guilty to the 2010 murder, which he said the pair had been recruited to carry out as a botched hijacking for her husband Shrien Dewani.

Qwabe said Mngeni, who arrived in court with a walking frame, had fired the shot from the front passenger seat and that they had agreed to a 15,000 rand ($1,800) fee. Qwabe was jailed for 25 years after his guilty plea.

It was the second plea bargain to implicate Shrien Dewani, whom South African prosecutors are fighting to extradite from Britain to stand trial.

In 2010, the driver entered his own plea and turned state witness and is serving 18 years in prison.

Britain has approved Dewani’s extradition but on March 30 the London High Court temporarily halted the process, citing mental health grounds. The businessman has strongly denied any involvement in the killing.

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H&M

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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