Anni Dewani with husband Shrien Dewani
ONE OF the South African men accused of killing Swedish honeymooner Anni Dewani pleaded guilty on Wednesday (August 8) and was sentenced to 25 years in prison in a plea deal, the prosecution said.
Mziwamadoda Qwabe pleaded guilty to murder, kidnapping, robbery, murder and illegal possession of a firearm, prosecutor Eric Ntbazalila told reporters.
Another accused hitman, Xolile Mngeni, has a malignant brain tumour that has so far prevented him from standing trial.
South Africa is still awaiting the extradition of the victim’s British husband Shrien Dewani, who is accused of masterminding the November 2010 killing in a murder set up to look like a botched carjacking.
“It’s a positive step for the prosecution because we are now a step closer to getting information on what happened on that day, which will shed some light on the role played by Shrien Dewani,” he said.
On March 30, Britain’s High Court temporarily halted Dewani’s extradition, citing mental health grounds.
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