Dewani walks free

CAPE TOWN - UK businessman Shrien Dewani has been discharged on a count of murdering his wife Anni while on honeymoon in South Africa.

Western Cape High Court Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso said his application was granted and he was thus found not guilty on five charges.

"There is no evidence on which a reasonable man can convict the accused," she said.

Dewani walked out of the dock and down the stairs to the holding cell without any expression on his face.

His family burst into tears at the news.

Traverso said the only possible reason to have refused his application was for the hope that he would implicate himself during evidence, which would be an injustice.

After a lengthy and costly extradition process, Dewani went on trial in October for allegedly plotting with Tongo and others to kill his wife Anni while they were on honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges including kidnapping, murder and defeating the ends of justice. He claims the couple was hijacked while Tongo drove them through Gugulethu in his minibus on Saturday, November 13, 2010.

He was released unharmed and Anni was driven away. She was found shot dead in the abandoned minibus in Khayelitsha the next morning.

The State alleges he conspired with others to stage the hijacking, for which he paid R15,000. Dewani maintains Tongo helped him organise a surprise helicopter trip for Anni for R15,000.

Tongo is serving an 18-year jail term and Qwabe a 25-year jail term.

Xolile Mngeni was serving life in jail for firing the shot that killed Anni, but died in prison from a brain tumour on October 18.

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GALLERYCARTRIDGES - 9 December 2014

money talks. this man is a millionaire in £ sterling. the balck guys who are in jail over the same issue will serve double figures number of yrs while the rich go free. real justice will only come when Jesus comes and that would the end of injustice. Ishe huyai taneta panyika pano.

tsanga - 9 December 2014

money games

ndalamo - 10 December 2014

The South African justice system just leaves a lot to be desired.It actual promotes human slaughter and trivializes the respect and dignity that human life deserves.That is why Kelly Khumalo just went away with the murder of Senzo Meyiwa and Oscar Pistorious was given hero status for killing Reeva.

Michael - 10 December 2014

Those poor black crooks should also appeal and say they were tortured by the SAPS to implicate themselves. No-one should serve any sentence for the death of that poor woman because the chief culprit has now been let off the hook because of his millionaire status. The predicament of those crooks now serving lengthy sentences for the murder of Mrs. Dewani reminds me of Eddie Murphy/ Martin Laurence movie "Life" in which the two hilarious comedians were wrongfully sentenced to life for a murder they did not commit simply because they were poor, black and criminally inclined. Am really shocked numb by the inept South African Justice System.

tafamutekwe - 10 December 2014

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