Anni: hunt for worker at hotel

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annni_nov 28 AP Murdered bride Anni Dewani.

Police are hunting for a 31-year-old man who works for a top city hotel in connection with the murder of Anni Dewani, the honeymooner killed in an apparent hijacking in Gugulethu two weeks ago.

They already have three suspects in custody.

The driver of the Dewanis’ taxi, Zola Tongo, 31, and Xolile Mngeni, 23, and Mziwamadoda Qwabe, 25, are facing charges of murder, aggravated robbery and kidnapping in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court. Tongo has told the court he wants to enter into a plea deal with the state.

The fourth man being sought is understood to be a link between Anni’s husband, British millionaire Shrien Dewani, and Tongo, according to a source close to the case.

Yesterday, a man and a woman, with their faces hidden, were rushed into the back entrance at Manenberg police station to observe an identity parade.

A large media contingent surrounded the police station, eager to see if Shrien Dewani, 30, would appear. Journalists were told both witnesses were local, and that Dewani was not present.

It remains unclear if Dewani, the director of a British healthcare company with reported debts of £6.25 million (R69.8m), has returned to South Africa to see the identity parade. On Friday two sources close to the case said he was in the country and would attend the parade.

But Dewani’s Joburg-based lawyer Billy Gundelfinger strongly denied this, saying his client was grieving.

At Manenberg police station vehicles from Bellville and Gugulethu police stations arrived with sirens blaring, and sped through the gates to the back of the property. The witnesses were hiding with heads covered. Three policemen guarded the gate.

More than two hours later lawyers for two of the accused, Vusi Tshabalala and Thabo Nogemane, said the witnesses, who were from Cape Town, had each identified two people in the parade, which featured three suspects.

 

Last week, Dewani hired South African divorce and celebrity lawyer Gundelfinger and the Max Clifford PR firm in Britain to represent him, claiming he was being set up by the South African police for his wife’s brutal slaying.

Clifford is perhaps Britain’s most famous public relations practitioner.

He accused South African police of “muck-spreading”.

He told the British tabloid The Sun yesterday that Dewani was being smeared with “foul” rumours. Clifford was quoted as saying: “It has been claimed it was an arranged marriage and there was insurance money on Anni’s life.

“Both those claims are lies and are deeply hurtful to Shrien. Other rumours include the allegation he knew the taxi driver before the holiday, which is also totally untrue.”

In a statement yesterday Gundelfinger, said: “Contrary to reports, the prosecution is not arresting or charging my client Mr Dewani.

“At this stage Shrien has not been asked to go back to South Africa. As you can imagine he has been severely traumatised by the country and the specific threats that he, too, may be a target in the South African press.

“He is currently receiving medical assistance to help deal with the trauma. The family are in constant contact with the police and are fully co-operating.”

Gundelfinger said no negotiations were taking place to get Dewani to South Africa voluntarily or to attend an identity parade.

“Dewani is suffering from shock and grief and his progress is being monitored by a doctor. He will be unavailable for interviews for the next few days.”

Dewani protested his innocence in an interview with The Sun last week, saying: “How could anyone say I killed her?”

Top Western Cape crime lawyer, William Booth, who was at the Manenberg police station, said he thought it odd that Dewani had appointed a divorce lawyer. Last week Gundelfinger had called him for advice.

 

In response to reports in the British press that the police were under political pressure to pin the murder on Dewani, Melany Kühn, spokeswoman for community safety MEC Albert Fritz, said the minister would not entertain any speculation that this was a drive to protect South African tourism. “Someone did something and they have to pay for the wrong they did. The police should be allowed to do their work.”

All three suspects will appear in the Wynberg court tomorrow when the state hopes to finalise the driver’s plea. - Weekend Argus



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Anonymous, wrote

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05:23pm on 29 November 2010
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What ever the outcome of this trgedy, it is Anni's family who are at loss. The new husband will soon forget his bride of 2 weeks. It's the parents and family of Anni who will never get their daughter back. The bloody husband will soon get married and get another wife.

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Perfume, wrote

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09:01am on 29 November 2010
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Waiting for the driver to speak....

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rambo, wrote

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08:10am on 29 November 2010
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Put your hand up Mr. Dewani, put your hand up!! You're wasting our time and money to investigate a crime you perpetrated.

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07:54am on 29 November 2010
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His shock and grief is a result of realising that he is after all, not going to get away with murder. He wasn't as clever as he thought, and under-estimated the S A Police. Poor little rich boy, hiding behind his lawyers, who think by vilifying SAP their cleint's murderous intent will be swept under the rug. I hope he roasts slowly in hell.

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07:26am on 29 November 2010
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if this happened to my spouse i would defer the need for sedation and not rest and not sleep until i found out who and why!!!!! not for one moment would i let my reputation become more important than my own mission to see justice done swiftly. and in this one instance i am going to trust the South African Police. i would be wracking my brains wondering who the hell in the hotel i stayed in could have been behind this. what would you do?

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joe, wrote

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07:06am on 29 November 2010
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Dewani is guilty....typical bullsh*t being spread by his legal representitives!!

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Anonymous, wrote

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06:59am on 29 November 2010
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the police were clearly working on a case of armed robbery with aggravating circumstance and with murder thrown in an an incidental...... BBUT now raised to a premed murder with conspiracy. just who was part of the premeditation is the issue at hand - maybe today will tell.

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Ex_Cop, wrote

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05:18am on 29 November 2010
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Rotten to the core.....The South African society that is. Its the police that are screwing the Tourist industry for generations to come. Has anyone done the numbers on the polices inferencesassertions.? One man in such a short space of time manages to find a Corrupt hotel employee , who solicits a corrupt taxi driver , who then in turn just knows 2 Other 'Hitmen' to pull the trigger. You must be infested with Criminals if that is the case.

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05:09am on 29 November 2010
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Its weired! He was asked to leave and Anni was hijacked whereas the husband is the millionaire! Yes, there will be so many questions that need to be answered. When I first learnt of this murder, my very first question was "How come they let the husband leave?" To put public's minds at rest, who is to be paid for her insurance policy??? On the other hand, the husband may have nothing to do with the murder....lets see what comes up. May God help ALL.

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Adriana Stuijt, wrote

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01:25am on 29 November 2010
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This murder-story and the massive amount of disinformation dumped in the news media about it, reminds me an awful lot of the way in which Fred vd Vyver, the wealthy Afrikaner boyfriend of a murdered Stellenbosch university student, was also so maligned in the news media - which based their 'information' totally on false statements from the police. Fred van der Vyver went through a harrowing murder-trial where he was found not guilty and where it was moreover discovered that the police had planted false information and false 'evidence' just to get him found guilty. I think the SA news media has much to answer for by constantly repeating these propaganda lies issued by the police...

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Ali very surprised!, wrote

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11:09pm on 28 November 2010
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Whatever spin they may put to this case, it looks to be pointing to one direction, Shrien Dewani must tell his side of the story consistently, be truthful and stop playing hide &seek with the death of such a beautiful woman, who thought had a loving husband and a rich oke, proving to be a joke! S.Africans are outraged, that is clear from the postings on this story! After all the tricks he's playing, hiring renowned divorce laywers, image consultants etc, he must come down to tell the truth, that's all Mr Dewani, before claims of "being framed by Sa police service"...

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justice, wrote

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10:56pm on 28 November 2010
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I don't see what the fuss is about. First, the driver is entering into a plea bargain and from that, a lot is going to emerge; and until this is clarified there's not much that the police can speak about. Second, of course the press, both here and abroad, is going to speculate - everybody reads murder stories, and everybody has a theory. It's human nature. And until the police are free to give us a clear picture the speculation will continue. And the police can't clarify the issues while they are still chasing suspects and getting statements. Patience, friends, all will be made clear.

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Point Blank@geyser, wrote

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08:33pm on 28 November 2010
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Media Tribunal?? FOr what? Not a single South African paper has made any accusations of any kind, all they have done is report on what the UK media are saying. And you want a media tribunal? You gotta be really stoopid to use that as your motivation!

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07:50pm on 28 November 2010
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Media Sensationalism at its best. A 'source close to the police' is feeding the media with rubbish. This is typical tabloids, all they care about is selling 'news'

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Nono, wrote

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07:13pm on 28 November 2010
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According to UK Daily Mail : w w w.dailymail.co.uknewsarticle-1333717Anni-Dewani-tears-honeymoon-flight-according-father.html , Anni was crying on their way to the honeymoon and refused to sit with her husband.Apparently her father called the paper to inform them about this....

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Ali very surprised!, wrote

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06:54pm on 28 November 2010
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Whatever spin they may put to this case, it looks to be pointing to one direction, Shrien Dewani must tell his side of the story consistently, be truthful and stop playing hide &seek with the death of such a beautiful woman, who thought had a loving husband and a rich oke, proving to be a joke! S.Africans are outraged, that is clear from the postings on this story! After all the tricks he's playing, hiring renowned divorce laywers, image consultants etc, he must come down to tell the truth, that's all Mr Dewani, before claims of "being framed by Sa police service"...

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Mervin-uk, wrote

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01:19pm on 28 November 2010
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The Mail on Suday in the UK reports that the guy who helped Mr Dewani after he was pushed throught the taxi windw looked as if he had jus left a restaurant there were no signs of injury. He is an Ugandian Indian, not an Englishman and living off the fat of this land.

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Victor Roland, wrote

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01:18pm on 28 November 2010
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I can so tell that someone is creating an "anti-shrien" campaign just so as to save the unsafe tourism business. Once Shrien is cleared, every news paper with a false fact or even an attempt of making a false claim should be asked to prove their sources. In one way or another they should be bannned for submiting such rubbish. The more this case criss crosses, the more stupid the South African police will look. I think some of these false facts are being placed by the killers to divert the weak minds.

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01:12pm on 28 November 2010
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Has it ever occurred to the police that they could just have the husband and suspects take a polygraph test? Also, if it's such a high profile murder case then why hire a divorce lawyer? I wouldn't go to the dentist if I needed a kidney transplant...

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11:36am on 28 November 2010
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Hunt for worker in hotel... How is it possible they cannot catch him? Very strange.

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