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Anni Dewani’s relatives plan to attend her alleged killers’ trial starting in Cape Town on Monday, while others will be present when the case against her widower is heard in the UK the next day.
On Monday, when the Cape Times contacted Anni’s uncle, Ashok Hindocha, he was excited about the development: “This is great news. Finally the case is moving forward. The Hindocha family is very glad…” he said.
Hindocha said if his family was reassured that the two alleged hit men would definitely go on trial on Monday, some of Anni’s relatives would fly to Cape Town to witness the proceedings. He said others would also be present for Dewani’s case, being heard in the UK the next day.
On Monday, regional National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Eric Ntabazalila said the accused alleged hit men in the case, Xolile Mngeni and Mziwamadoda Qwabe, would go on trial in the Western Cape High Court on Monday.
A pre-trial meeting would be held at the court tomorrow to ensure that everyone involved was ready to go ahead.
He added that next Tuesday, the Westminster Crown Court in the UK would proceed with the extradition case against Shrien Dewani, the accused mastermind behind Anni Dewani’s November 2010 murder in Khayelitsha. “It’s a continuation of the earlier ruling which said that Dewani cannot be extradited until his condition has improved.
“The Westminster Crown Court asked Judge (Howard) Riddle to monitor Dewani’s status so as to make a determination whether he was ready to be extradited,” Ntabazalila said.
If Dewani has recovered from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, he could be made to return to Cape Town. Hindocha said the family hoped this would happen.
“Our wish is that the trial be done in Cape Town once and for all and that Dewani be present,” he said.
Hindocha said his family, especially Anni’s parents and siblings, felt pressure from having to cope with more court proceedings, this while still not knowing what exactly had happened to her.
“We’d like to know what happened to Anni. In November it will be two years. We have no answers yet, only questions,” he said.
SA authorities want Dewani to return to SA so he can stand trial with Mngeni and Qwabe.
Anni was found murdered in Khayelitsha on November 13, 2010.
Shortly after her killing, Zola Robert Tongo confessed to his role in her murder and was sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment.