Amanda Watson
News Editor
1 minute read
9 Apr 2014
6:00 am

Anni’s family will be in court

Amanda Watson

Anni Dewani's family will be in the Western Cape High Court when proceedings begin against the man who allegedly plotted and participated in her murder.

FILE PICTURE: Shrien Dewani (R) arrives at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court sitting at Woolwich Crown Court in south London. British businessman Shrien Dewani was finally due to fly to South Africa on April 7, 2014 to stand trial for allegedly murdering his wife during a staged car-jacking on her honeymoon. Dewani, 33, denies ordering the killing of his Swedish bride Anni during in Cape Town in November 2010, and has been fighting extradition from Britain for years. AFP PHOTO/ Ki Price

“When the case starts, the Hindocha family will be there,” Anni’s uncle Ashok Hindocha said yesterday.

Dewani appeared in court yesterday after finally being extradited to South Africa. A bewildered looking Dewani’s only word in court was “yes” when Judge John Hlophe explained his case would be postponed until next month.

“The matter is postponed to May 12, 2014, whereupon you will appear before this court,” the Western Cape Judge President said. “Do you hear me?” asked Hlophe, after Dewani did not respond. Dewani looked down at his lawyers, before nodding and uttering the word “yes”.

Three exhibits were handed in at court as well as undertakings between the justice department, the National Prosecuting Authority and British authorities. The first undertaking was that Dewani be detained in a single cell in the sick bay of Goodwood prison.

Prosecutor Rodney de Kock, however, explained to the court that this undertaking was superseded by another – that Dewani be detained at Valkenberg if his mental state did not improve.

A letter from Dewani’s doctor was handed in, explaining that Dewani was still mentally ill and needed care. His next appearance will follow an evaluation at Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital on his fitness to stand trial.

Hindocha said the convictions of Xolile Mngeni, Mzwamadoda Qwabe and Zola Tonga in connection with Anni’s murder had raised more questions as they had pointed fingers at Dewani.