South African court postpones Dewani murder trial
The trial of two men, accused of being part of the murder of Indian-origin honeymoon bride Anni Dewani, has been postponed until September 20 by the regional South African court.
Johannesburg: The trial of two men,
accused of being part of the murder of Indian-origin honeymoon
bride Anni Dewani, has been postponed until September 20 by
the regional South African court here.
The trial was postponed yesterday after Rodney de
Kock, Director of Public Prosecutions, informed the Wynberg
Regional Court that one of the two accused, Xolile Mngeni, 23,
was still receiving treatment in prison for a malignant brain
The second accused, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, 25, was
remanded in custody until the trial resumes on September 20.
But Qwabe`s lawyer Thabo Nogemane complained about
Mngeni`s absence and the resultant deferment of the trial
having an adverse impact on his client.
Nogemane requested that a final decision on whether
the trial should continue against his client alone be made on
the next date.
De Kock concurred, saying that this was the reason why
the prosecution had sought an adjournment to allow it to make
a final call on prosecuting Mngeni.
The two men were allegedly hired to kill Anni Dewani
by driver Zola Tongo, who is serving a jail term after turning
state witness in a plea bargain where he claimed that Anni`s
husband Shiren had asked him to arrange the murder.
Anni was shot dead in November last year in the
township of Gugulethu near Cape Town with Shrien escaping
unscathed, raising concerns about how he got away.
Shrien is currently undergoing assessment for mental
illness in the UK as South African authorities seek his
extradition to stand trial here for the murder as well.