South African pleads guilty in Anni Dewani Honeymoon murder case

August 09, 2012 12:02
South African pleads guilty in Anni Dewani Honeymoon murder case

A South African was sentenced to 25 years of jail after allegedly being hired by a British NRI to kill his own Swedish wife of Indian descent during their honeymoon in South Africa. The tale took a nasty turn after  Mziwamadoda Qwabe, the 27 year old accused had revealed the sepulchral events are involved with the killing.

According to the story, he had kidnapped Anni Dewani, 28, after accepting a meager sum of 15,000 rand (approx $2100) along with his accomplice Xolile Mngeni on the pretense of robbery to cover up the hired kill. He had allegedly blamed her own husband Shrien Dewani who had paid for the crime and wanted her killed.

In November 2010, Dewani couple had reached South Africa for their honeymoon only 2 weeks after their marriage while Shrien had asked the taxi driver if he could find some one to kill his wife. Zola Tongo, the driver had then arranged for Qwabe and his accomplice Mngeni to carryout the murder via a third man. The plan was to fake a hijack, rob the tourists in Gugulethu township, a destitute locality of Cape Town.

While Shrien Dewani fights extradition to South Africa and continues to deny he orchestrated the killing, Qwabe's testimony offers a second account implicating him in his wife's death.  Mziwamadoda Qwabe had also worn yellow rubber gloves to avoid fingerprints and they shot the women in the rear seat.

Qwabe had searched for the bullet metal case and dropped it in a sewer after he had found it to conceal any evidence before running away.

Tongo also received an 18 year prison sentence. Though the British court had asked not to extradite Dewani for it would worsen the mental condition which was rapidly deteriorating since his arrest. But he was later extradited to South Africa where he was arrested.

(AW- Anil)

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