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Prosecutor Rodney de Kock, however, explained to the court that this undertaking was superseded by another – that Dewani be detained at Valkenberg if his mental state did not improve.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