Tourist killed in hijack


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Anni Dewani and millionaire businessman Shrien Dewani.

A day after arriving in Cape Town on honeymoon, a British woman went into Gugulethu with her husband, apparently to experience the nightlife late on Saturday, and was murdered in a suspected hijacking.

The MEC for Finance, Tourism and Economic Development, Alan Winde, said Anni Dewani, 28, and Shrien Dewani, 30 had arrived on Friday on honeymoon. They had been staying at the Cape Grace Hotel.

The hotel would not confirm this.

“They went to a function in Somerset West and came back (on Saturday night),” Winde said. “This is where information is a bit sketchy, but it appears that on their way back at about 10pm they suddenly decided to stop in Gugulethu.

“The wife wanted to have a look around to see what the nightlife was like … It was the wrong place at the wrong time. I am shocked to the core.”

The Cape Town driver and the woman’s husband appear not to have been injured.

Some of the husband’s relatives, who are from the Eastern Cape, have travelled to Cape Town to be with him.

By late on Sunday night, no one had been arrested.

Police spokesman Andre Traut said the couple were in a Volkswagen Sharan, which was being driven by what he would say only was a shuttle service operator.

He said the car was stationary at the corners of NY 108 and NY 112 in Gugulethu, close to the Barcelona informal settlement, when, at about 11pm, two men armed with guns approached it and told the driver to get out. The driver did so and the gunmen got into the car and drove off with the couple, Traut said.

The husband was left about an hour later in Harare, Khayelitsha. He flagged down a motorist, who took him to the Harare police station to report what had happened.

Traut said an extensive search was launched for the woman and the hijacked car.

The car was found soon afterwards in Litha Park, Khayelitsha.

The woman was dead on the back seat. A post-mortem would be held to determine what caused her death, Traut said.

He declined to answer questions about how she died or about the incident, including whether anything had been stolen from the couple.

Hours after the car was found, a crowd gathered yesterday to watch as forensic experts examined it. Blood seeped beneath the passenger door behind the driver’s seat.

Residents who lived close by said the area was quiet at night.

“It was quiet,” said a woman, who declined to be named, saying she was afraid as the gunmen had not been arrested.

“We didn’t hear anything last night. We would have heard if this lady was shot. We didn’t even hear screaming. She must have been killed somewhere else and her body left here

“This is terrible. We live in fear here. This is sad because it’s someone from far away. But this could have been my child.”

British High Commission spokesman Gary Benham said he was aware of the woman’s murder.

“We are offering consular assistance.”

Benham said no further information about the couple would be released.

The MEC for Community Safety, Albert Fritz, said he had heard about a second hijacking involving a Cape Town couple in the Khayelitsha area. It appeared they were not injured, but he was struggling to get details of the hijacking, he said.

Fritz instructed police to mobilise resources so arrests could be made in connection with both cases.

Anyone with information about the attack involving the British tourists or who may know the whereabouts of the culprits should call the investigating officer, Riaan Theron, at 082 463 8706 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

Information about the second hijacking should be reported to the Crime Stop number.

caryn.dolley@inl.co.za- Cape Times


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Mindi, wrote

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05:03pm on 18 November 2010
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oh come on - they wanted to buy drugs, simple as that.

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Ann-Sofie, wrote

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04:51pm on 16 November 2010
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For your information, Anni was not british. She was from Sweden!!! Bad reporter...

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Ann-Sofie, wrote

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04:51pm on 16 November 2010
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For your information, Anni was not british. She was from Sweden!!! Bad reporter...

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Anonymous, wrote

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02:41pm on 16 November 2010
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Will SA citizens ever heed the wake up call???

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Anonymous, wrote

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02:29pm on 16 November 2010
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My heart goes out to the husband and to the family, for the loss that they have suffered, this is not human at all, this is by far the worse thing that can happen to any couple, this has definitely given Cape Town a bad name, I am a Proud to be apart of the mother city, but now i feel ashamed, hope this @##K$ get caught

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01:34pm on 16 November 2010
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Sounds very suspicious, indeed. Why leave the husband alive when he can identify the hi jackers. Why did the husband state "if you not going to harm her let us go" why did he not say "harm us let us go" I would not be too surprised to find the husband is involved

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Anonymous, wrote

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11:35am on 16 November 2010
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It is claimed that the incident happened at the corner of Ny 108 and Ny 112. This is directly opposite where I used to live (there is a school nearby). There are homes at NY 108 (in the hundreds. i lived at number 106). Mzolis is only 500m away and the police station is another 1km away. Uluntu Centre is also 300 metres or so away. Surely, the driver would have gone into the homes to alert the police of what happened immediately it happened. The criminals would have been worried of being identified by both the driver and the husband and so, it would not make sense for them to increase their chance of being discovered. If the husband is not involved, perhaps the driver set them up? If that is the case, why did they let the husband live, as he would easily create a case against the driver if his actions led to the hijacking. If this indeed is a random act of crime, it is a sad day for the place I grew up in. People talk of Gugulethu as if is some kind of blackhole. Proud professionals live there and the place is not as violent as made out. Yes, there are crime incidents as one is likely to experience crime incidents in most parts of South Africa

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Anonymous, wrote

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11:25am on 16 November 2010
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In Response to the Yorkshireman, I find such analysis racist and crude as it averages people into tight little neat packages. Fact is, when people leave their homeland and go to another country, they are often very motivated people. They are a limited group from their country who decided they could not sit back and were going to do everything in their power to progress. Compare the same people to criminals who are often motivated, driven and hard working. There are many black South Africans who are similarly motivated and are hard workers. If you go to the countries where Zimbabweans and Malawians come from, you will find the same drags of society who would not be bothered to move to make a difference in their lives. This is not limited to black people too. White, Coloured and Indians are as lazy, but because black people are numerous and tend to be the people at the bottom of the scale, it is far more easier to notice them. Each country has its own demotivated lot. In other countries like Holland, they give them money, but we obviously do not. One can use the same argument to blanket all white people as racist who benefitted from apartheid, have maids for even the most simple tast of child rearing. However, that would be crude, simplistic and untrue. There are dedicated white hard workers who despite benefitting from apartheid, do not have a chip on their shoulders. There are some who fought against apartheid and hence foreited the apartheid benefits that others received. My white friend in Cape Town was murdered by an Angolan and Mozambican. I suppose you admire them for that. Be careful of generalising, because it indicates how useless you are at applying your brain and I would not assume that all white people are guilty of your sin

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10:43am on 16 November 2010
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It's the Yorkshireman again! Thinking back to the xenophobia of 2008, I was helping out at our local civic hall where we had about 250 foreign refugees who had been chased out of Dunoon. They had great difficulty understanding the attitude of black South Africans towards them. One thing I did find quite clear was the general approach to people and life in general by these refugees was very different to that of black South Africans. They were very polite and hard working. If they didn't have a job they were out all day looking for one. Many of the garages around here for example only have Zimbabweans and Malawians working for them. Why one asks. One Mozambican refugee family had 2 members killed on returning to Dunoon, one because he couldn't give one of the locals a R1 to play pool. The killer was out on bail after committing his second murder. When the law here is so lax, what hope is there of ever getting serious crime under control. I like living in Cape Town, but I always have my wits about me when I'm out and about.

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Anonymous, wrote

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07:29am on 16 November 2010
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typical for south africa really.tourists should avoid this country like the plague.someone should set up a website warning people from coming here.scenery aside ,this country is downright UGLY.CORRUPTION ,MURDER AND THEFT ARE THE ORDER OF THE DAY.STAY AWAY!LIVE LONGER!

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Eish, wrote

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06:24am on 16 November 2010
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46 murders and many more rapes a day. Why would any normal person want to come here? SA is sick, very sick. NB: Why do murders only get attention by the newspapers if a tourist gets killed? Are their lives more important than ours?

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03:14am on 16 November 2010
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I think the killers were high on drugs possibly TIK which causes euphoria, paranoia and increased libido. Motive may have been hijacking and robbery. After getting money from hubby, they drug fuelled rampage was directed at the wife. Don't blame hubby not without proof. Drugs is the cause of and money is the cause of most crimes in SA.

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02:06am on 16 November 2010
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I hail from Kingston-upon-Hull in Yorkshire, UK. I've had a home in Cape Town since 1988. I travelled the world for 30 years with my work and have friends in many countries. I like to think the experience made me open-minded and non racist. I have always felt that our differences should make us interesting to each other and not be things of conflict. This unfortunate incident has of course reverberated around the world. During my travels one of the first things I learned was not to venture into unsafe places. My UK home town has always been something of a 'sleepy hollow', but I was shocked to find on a visit in 2008 that some areas of the inner city had become no-go areas at night since the ingress of so-called 'asylum seekers' had turned them into virtual ghettos. I have supported a family here in Makhaza, Khayelitsha, for some 15 years. I have been there dozens of times, but not at night. Last night around 21.00 one of the sons of this family was robbed and near fatally stabbed whilst going to the local shop. Not even local residents are safe at night. He was stabbed in the groin, a deliberate attempt at murder as it seriously damages blood vessels. At one point he had lost so much blood his heart stopped but the hospital staff managed to revive him. When this sort of violence strikes so closely it makes you fully understand the conditions under which township dwellers live. I think everyone here knows full well why crime and violence is rife and who the buck stops with. Trouble is, all those in high office with the power to do something about it seem to be more concerned with how much money they can make and how many expensive cars are parked in the garage.

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Warzone, wrote

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12:03am on 16 November 2010
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South Africa shold stop promoting itself as a tourist destination until it sorts crime out. 'Township tours' are also a irresponsible. The SA government cannot keep its own peole safe, how can it keep visitors safe. This family should sue SA tourist board and the minister of Saftey & Security.

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Fishy Dee DBN, wrote

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10:09pm on 15 November 2010
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Surely the Taxi driver is from Cape Town and HE SHOULD KNOW that the the township is ALWAYS dangerous after dark and especially at 11:00PM.

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10:06pm on 15 November 2010
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This whole thing was pre arranged and planned. 1. Why Gugulethu coner NY112 & NY108? 2. Husband have relatives in EC, that means he is from EC and know exactly what township life is like. 3. They highjack, dump the taxi driver, Dump the husband then murder the Wife? What was the motive? 4. No report about the rape, or robery?? Im comfused. 5. they hihgjact taxi driver and another car, did the police find the taxi? tourguide no tracker???? I say the taxi driver & the husband should be questioned, I agree. a lot is missing from this puzzle. check his bank balance, background, policies. people do all crazy stuff for money. *SAD* *SAD* *SAD* IVE LIVED IN GUGULETHU ALL MY LIFE THERE IS NO NIGHTLIFE IN GUGS. This is pathetic bad for our country

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Anonymous, wrote

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09:53pm on 15 November 2010
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I happen to know the husband. He is not the type of show off. For those of you who think he organized this IT IS NOT TRUE. He has spent the last two days crying and had to be comforted by his father.

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Anonymous, wrote

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09:06pm on 15 November 2010
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I have personally been gun-pointed twice (gun in my side and told if i shout i'll be killed), stabbed, robbed and attacked in and out of a township. All that for just visiting my friends who live there. Then someone will say 'but you should know not to go into a township'. I'd like to know why not? Why should i not go into a township? Sad thing is that crime does not just happen in townships! The poor couple could've been killed in broad daylight just about anywhere... Why can't the police and the government stop crime? because crime is good business thats why...

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05:19pm on 15 November 2010
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I left SA two months ago still proudly South African. In the last two weeks i am not so proud anymore. Just some food for thought. Two weeks ago a boy was murdered in Singapore and a week later they had a gang related stabbing incident. Since then the police in Singapore has rounded up over 50 people suspected of gang related activities. Just makes you think if justice will ever be done for this young lady and for all the other victims out there in SA.

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Anonymous, wrote

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03:38pm on 15 November 2010
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This is very sad. As a South African that has moved away, it makes me wonder whether the country I grew up in is History. The Wonderful South Africa I knew no longer exists.

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