Friday, November 11, 2011

ANNI : The Day A Dream Died

The story of Anni and Shrien Dewani would allegedly involve local hit men, a police commissioner who had to apologise for his monkey comments, a highly paid publicist and an accused who still fights extradition to South Africa.

The story starts - like a typical romance novel - with young British millionaire Shrien Dewani reportedly flying his Swedish-born girlfriend Anni to Paris, where he proposes to her with a £25000 diamond engagement ring balanced on a red rose.

Four months later, they a re married in a Hindu ceremony in India and then travel to Cape Town for their honeymoon in November.

The news of Anni's murder cast a deep shadow over other crimes in South Africa.

The tragedy of a beautiful foreign bride, killed in a South African township, spread across the globe, with British tabloids particularly gorging themselves on the country's violent crime.
Initially cast as a hijacking gone wrong, the murder took a turn when Dewani was arrested in the UK after shuttle operator Zola Tongo implicated him in the murder.

Tongo confessed that Dewani had asked him to hire hit men to kill his wife and offered R15000 for the murder.

Tongo said he hired Xolile Mngeni and Mziwamadoda Qwabe to carry out the hit. Tongo is serving an 18-year sentence, while Dewani continues to deny his involvement .

Though it might be a year since her death on Monday, Anni's family is still searching for answers. Tongo says he, Dewani, Mngeni and Qwabe know exactly what happened that night.
Speaking from his home in Sweden this week, Anni's father, Vinod Hindocha, says it has been a terrible more