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Dewani pre-trial conference moved to May

Publish date: 24 April 2012
Issue Number: 475
Diary: Legalbrief Africa Old
Category: South Africa

The case of Xolile Mngeni and Mziwamadoda Qwabe, accused of killing honeymooner Anni Dewani, has been postponed in the Western Cape High Court, says a report on the IoL site.

Judge Robert Henney ordered the postponement as Qwabe could no longer afford his advocate. The pre-trial conference would resume on 11 May, to give Qwabe time to apply for Legal Aid. The trial has been set down for 30 July. Full report on the IoL site

The court had heard that Mngeni was not psychologically fit to stand trial because of a brain tumour, says another report on the IoL site. Defence counsel Matthews Dayimani requested that Mngeni be referred for observation in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act to see whether he was able to understand court proceedings. He told Henney that an oncologist had warned against Mngeni appearing in court at all. However, according to a Weekend Argus report, the Directorate of Public Prosecutions has indicated it will oppose the move. Full report on the IoL site Full Weekend Argus report

Dewani should be treated for his psychological disorder in SA, says the uncle of his slain wife. 'If South African health practitioners can help someone with a brain tumour, then they deserve a chance to fix someone with post-traumatic stress disorder,' Ashok Hindocha said. 'If they can treat a brain tumour, then they can treat someone with psychological problems,' he said. According to a report on the News24 site, Anni Dewani's father, Vinod Hindocha, has reportedly said the family is frustrated by the continuing delays in the court cases for the men accused of killing her. 'I believe these three cases are linked. I believe one has an effect on the other. They are thinking of one person's health; what about our health, our suffering? No one is thinking about that,' he said. Full report on the News24 site