Parents, siblings support Dewani in court

Cape Town - British businessman Shrien Dewani was supported by his parents and siblings in the Western Cape High Court where it was heard that a panel of experts ruled him fit to stand trial for his wife's murder.

"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.

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

On honeymoon

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 Cape Town residents 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.

CraigJoseph 2014/08/15 10:47:52 AM
He's got Shaik-a-litis. He wouldn't have resisted extradition so hard if he knew he had nothing to hide. Let justice prevail.
Rogan Twort 2014/08/15 10:52:37 AM
Him and Oscar can bunk up together.
Kagiso Ashley Leshaba 2014/08/15 11:32:28 AM
No Weskoppies for him unfortunately. Time to face the music boet.
Motofogo Mulilo 2014/08/15 11:36:34 AM
Oscar killed his girlfriend and thats not in dispute. Here Dewani was implicated by people who confessed to have killed the wife. They did it for a lesser sentence. Other than their word l dont see anything concrete here. State has a more difficult case by far than in the Oscar case. ( which proved to be not a walk in the park for State as we all saw)
Otilia de Sousa 2014/08/15 11:37:56 AM
A miraculous recovery.
Hi-Fi 2014/08/15 11:51:49 AM
Just goes to show how this lot were paying off the system in the UK. I bet they'll try the same here, if they haven't already. Lets wait and see....
mantlekilo 2014/08/15 11:52:03 AM
Duh.........shocking headline.
Anton Pillay 2014/08/15 12:03:21 PM
indians dont kill..they pay to kill
Zanele Nkosi299 2014/08/15 06:03:20 PM
Thank goodness, I hope this will be televised as the OP Trial