Monday 19 February 2018

Police quiz suspect after bride's honeymoon death

Shrien and Anni Dewani
Shrien and Anni Dewani

Wendell Roelf in Cape Town

South African police are questioning a suspect in the death of a British tourist killed during her honeymoon in the Cape Town area, police said last night.

Local media reported that a 26-year-old man from Khayelitsha, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town, was arrested after being taken in for questioning yesterday.

Anni Dewani was found dead after the car she and her husband Shrien were travelling in was hijacked in Gugulethu township -- a high crime area about 15 miles from Cape Town's city centre late on Saturday after venturing there with a tourist guide.

"A 26-year-old man from Khayelitsha was taken in for questioning this morning in connection with the hijacking," police Captain Frederick van Wyk said in a statement.

"Several leads are currently being followed in a bid to solve the case," Van Wyk said.

Police said two men armed with guns approached the stationary car, ordered the driver to get out and sped off with the tourists still inside. The husband, who was released by the hijackers, flagged down a motorist who took him to the police. The vehicle was later recovered with the woman's body inside. The couple, married for about two weeks, had taken an impromptu visit to the impoverished township.

Irish Independent

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