Final decision on Dewani’s mental health expected

Johannesburg - British businessman Shrien Dewani will be back in the Western Cape High Court on Friday where a final decision on his mental health is expected.

He may stand trial for the murder of his wife Anni as early as October if he is found fit by a mental health panel.

In June, Dewani appeared before Judge President John Hlophe, who received an update on his progress since being detained in Valkenberg Hospital in April.

Director of Public Prosecutions Rodney de Kock brought an application for Dewani's mental health to be officially observed in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act.

He said the State and defence had also set down a provisional trial date of 6 October.

This will be Dewani's fourth appearance on charges of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, murder, kidnapping, and defeating the ends of justice.

The State alleges that he acted in common purpose and conspired with Cape Town residents Zola Tongo, Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Xolile Mngeni to kill his wife, Anni.

Dewani claimed he and Anni were kidnapped at gunpoint as they drove through Guguletu, Cape Town, in a taxi in November 2010.

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

Dewani has not yet been asked to plead.

Before being extradited to South Africa, Dewani had been detained in a hospital in Britain for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Phalo Yem Yem Togu 2014-08-15 09:03:44 AM
It really would be nice to have this case on TV as well. Man up Dewani. Go prove your guilt or innocence in the court of law. I am sure you were also glued on your TV's channel 199. 2nd season is "This summer, Dewani Trail on DSTV channel 199".
Spartacus 2014-08-15 09:28:08 AM
Hope the SA psychiatrists have mended his depression so that he can now go to court and prove to the world that he is innocent : but made only one mistake, he did not organize to have Anni killed in North Korea, or maybe Zimbabwe? Justice for Anni NOW !!
Travers D Hewitt 2014-08-15 09:35:34 AM
papa wag vir jou nog steeds