Bring back Dewani for trial – ANCWL

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THE ANC WOMEN’S League will lobby the South African embassy in London to “bring back Shrien Dewani” to stand trial for his alleged role in the murder of his wife in the country.

The ANCWL has also pledged to ensure that locals in court facing similar crimes were also sent to jail for longer periods.

This as the country is commemorating 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children.

ANCWL president Angie Motshekga issued this warning yesterday when the league launched the “Bring Back Shrien Dewani” campaign – a week after Xolile Mngeni became Annie Dewani’s latest convicted killer. Self-confessed killers Zola Tongo and Mziwamadoda Qwabe entered plea bargains with the State and were sentenced to 18 and 25 years in jail.

They assisted the Western Cape High Court to successfully prosecute Mngeni after he had pleaded not guilty to the charges of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Detailing the campaign yesterday, Motshekga said: “It must be made clear to the international community that South Africa is not a slaughterhouse where people can come to our country and commit crimes against women or anyone else.

“Dewani must be extradited and face the music for the murder of his wife Annie Dewani. As the women’s league, we will mobilise on different fronts including engaging with our embassy in a bid to ensure justice is served and a strong message is sent that crime will not be tolerated in South Africa.”

Motshekga also said the league would not wait until the alleged Modimolle monster Johan Kotze and his co-accused had been sent to jail for the brutal attack on his estranged wife, Ina Bonnette.

“The Limpopo women’s league broke the perceived racial divide by coming out in numbers to support Ina Bonnette who was [allegedly] brutally raped and tortured at the hands of her estranged husband, the Modimolle monster, and three other men.

“This case has been transferred to the high court in Tshwane and we are happy to see the league from Gauteng has continued with the picketing and support that Limpopo had started. The league will continue this support until the [alleged] monster and his co-accused are behind bars for life,” said Motshekga.

She also hailed the efforts of all women and organisations that ensured that other rapists and killers in various parts of the country ended up in jail.

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