The Honeymoon Murder (SHOCKING Crime Documentary)
Channel: Lyle Sedre
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Anni Dewani was a Swedish woman who, while on her honeymoon in South Africa, was kidnapped and then murdered whilst taking a slum tourism trip through Gugulethu township near Cape Town on 13 November 2010. Taxi driver Zola Robert Tongo later admitted guilt on the charges of murder in a plea bargain, and was sentenced on 7 December 2010, to 18 years in jail. Mziwamadoda Qwabe pleaded guilty to her murder in August 2012 and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Xolile Mngeni, 23, was convicted of her murder on 19 November 2012, and sentenced to life in jail.
In his plea bargain agreement, Zola Tongo stated that Anni's husband, British national Shrien Dewani of Bristol, had offered R15,000 to have his wife killed. Following an application by South African authorities, Senior District Judge Howard Riddle ruled in August 2011 that Shrien Dewani could be extradited to face charges in relation to the murder. The extradition order was approved by Home Secretary Theresa May on 28 September 2011. However, a High Court ruling of 30 March 2012 put the extradition on hold, based on expert witness opinion of Shrien Dewani's mental health and prospects for recovery. Shrien Dewani continues to claim innocence within the kidnap and murder plot, while his family described the allegations of Tongo as "totally ludicrous."
Following a long legal battle, in January 2014, the British High Court rejected Shrien Dewani's plea against extradition to South Africa.
Shrien Dewani was extradited to South Africa on 7 April 2014 and taken to court on 8 April 2014. Justice Department spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga was quoted as saying, "The extradition process is now being handled by South African government through the justice department."