Anni's family welcomes Dewani court ruling

London - The family of Anni Dewani, whose British husband Shrien Dewani is facing a charge of murdering her in South Africa, welcomed a court ruling on Friday that he is fit to stand trial.

Anni Dewani's sister Ami Denborg told the British Press Association the decision was a huge relief.

"It's a relief for all of us. We've been waiting quite a long time for this," Denborg said from Sweden.

"I know this autumn is going to be tough for us but we still want the trial to start so that we can get the information we need, we can get to know what really happened.

"It feels like we're moving forward. It's still a long way to go but at least we're taking steps in the right direction, and this feels like a huge step in the right direction," said Denborg.

Mental health report

The Western Cape High Court ruled that the British businessman had been found fit to stand trial for the murder of his wife Anni.

This was based on a mental health report released in court on Friday.

"The accused is not mentally ill. The accused is not certifiable in terms of the Mental Health Act," Director of Public Prosecutions Rodney de Kock said.

Dewani's lawyer Francois van Zyl said the mental health panel made a unanimous decision, including Professor Tuviah Zabow, who was appointed by the court as a psychiatrist for Dewani.

"We are in agreement. There is no objection," Van Zyl said.


Dewani would go on trial on 6 October. He would appear in court again on 9 September for a formal pre-trial hearing.

Dewani appeared before Judge President John Hlophe, supported by his parents and siblings.

De Kock brought an application in June for Dewani's mental health to be officially observed in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act.

At the time, he said observation was necessary as the mental health report prepared by Valkenberg psychiatrist Dr Sean Baumann differed in its opinion to that of Zabow.


According to the indictment previously handed to the court he is charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, murder, kidnapping, and defeating the ends of justice.

It is the State's case that he acted in common purpose and conspired with Zola Tongo, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, and Xolile Mngeni to kill his wife.

In return, the State alleges that Dewani would provide payment to the perpetrators.

Tongo, Qwabe, and Mngeni are already serving jail terms in connection with the murder.

Dewani has not yet been asked to plead.

Dewani claimed he and his wife were kidnapped at gunpoint as they drove through Gugulethu in Cape Town in a taxi in November 2010.

The couple had been on honeymoon in the country. He was released unharmed, but his wife's body was found in the abandoned car the next day. She had been shot dead.

Omombo Mboko 2014/08/15 12:08:45 PM
Good! This crime was an insult to all South Africans. Now please show us that our justice works.
Jurgen Hartmann 2014/08/15 12:09:47 PM
Shrien can share the same quarters with Oscar, the Kimberley Steenkamp, JubJub, Jackie Selebi, Shabir Shaik, the Modemolle and Springs Monsters and Shrien's German sex dominatrix Leopold the Disciplinarian. They can form a bridge club.
Mveleli Zacharia 2014/08/15 12:10:30 PM
At last this CRIMINAL has to face the music, you can but you cannot hide remember
Asanda Mdingi 2014/08/15 12:12:39 PM
Its time to face the music! You are worse than Oscar!
Swaran Singh 2014/08/15 12:25:15 PM
Good. now he must spend one night in our SA jail. That will be his real honeymoon
Sabiha Lockhat 2014/08/15 12:28:46 PM
please no harsh remarks what I would like to know does this scumbag still remain in hospital even thou he is not mentally ill, its sad cos Tongo, Qwabe, and Mngeni are already serving jail terms.
Emma Sanderson 2014/08/15 12:31:33 PM
A disgusting amount of money has been wasted on this excuse for a human being but it is all worth it for him to spend the rest of his life reflecting on what he did and how he stuffed up his privileged life (just like Oscar). He had no right to pretend love and affection and waste this poor beautiful woman's time and life. Personally I think he is gay and couldn't tell his parents for religious reasons (I have no issue with people being gay this is just my suspicion). He is such a coward he couldn't even think to get really roughed up and shot himself to get away with it (sorry I may have watched too much CSI). Parents be warned this is what can happen when you spoil your kids rotten and they learn to appreciate money only and not values and the satisfaction of a hard day's work.
Revaan Jutzen 2014/08/15 12:35:49 PM
This family has been going through so much, may they have some justice now!
Citizen1 2014/08/15 12:57:17 PM
I wish it gets televised.
Abongile S. Ngozi 2014/08/15 01:05:39 PM
Amahlathi amphelele uShrien Dewani.