Murdered tourist looking for 'real Africa'
Cape Town - The husband of murdered tourist Anni Dewani says she made the fatal decision to go into Gugulethu last Saturday night because she wanted to see the “real Africa”.
Speaking to UK tabloid The Sun, Briton Shrien Dewani, 31, revealed on Monday that his Swedish wife said she wanted a change from the “safe” region around their hotel, Cape Town’s luxury Cape Grace, where they were staying for their honeymoon.
“She had never been to Africa before, so she suggested that we should have a look at the ‘real Africa’,” Dewani told the newspaper.
"Anni grew up in Sweden, and she felt as if the area around the hotel was like at home, so clean and safe, and maybe a bit sterile.
According to The Sun, Anni was killed by a bullet which had severed an artery. She is also believed to have been sexually assaulted.
Township tourist hotspot
Anni Dewani's Facebook posting to Facebook Group: GOA April 2008, for "all those party people who will be in Goa this April 2008."
Besides its beaches, GOA is famous for its sex & drugs night-life.
The couple are believed to have been heading to township tourist hotspot Mzoli’s Meat in Gugulethu at about 23:00 on Saturday night.
But an employee of Mzoli's told News24 that they close at 19:00 every day.
Thabo Mbilatshwa of tour company Direct Action Centre for Peace and Memory said this is because even the owner of Mzoli's is aware of the dangers in Gugulethu at night.
The restaurant was recommended by UK celebrity chef Jamie Oliver in his magazine last year, when he described the food as “heaven” and “totally sexy”.
The couple were travelling in a shuttle car with a driver when they were stopped at traffic lights by two hijackers.
"The men kept saying, 'We are not going to hurt you. We just want the car'. That was a lie," Dewani told The Sun.
The attackers then dumped their driver and drove off with the couple.
‘We begged them to let us go’
He and Anni apparently begged their attackers to dump them together, but after about 20 minutes Shrien ended up being pushed out of the car.
Anni’s bloody body was later found in the car, which was in Khayelitsha.
Tourists keep coming back to GOA for drugs
Shrien said: "I don't want to go into detail about what happened during the attack, because I will probably start crying. But they were so cold. They put a gun in my ear and pulled back the trigger - it really was the stuff of movies.
"Most of the conversation was us pleading to be dumped together. I held on to Anni as I said to them 'Look, if you're not going to hurt her, let us go'."
Western Cape Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz said that police are close to catching the killers.
“We have found positive forensic evidence in the car and we know exactly who the person is," Fritz said.
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WRONG TURN LED TO BRIDE MURDER
Carjacking cabbie got lost
By Ryan Parry, Mirror
The bride who was murdered on her honeymoon by carjackers had been searching for a restaurant recommended by Jamie Oliver.
Anni Dewani, 28, and husband Shrien, 30, were in a cab in a dangerous part of Cape Town after the driver lost his bearings.
Two gunmen stopped the taxi and forced the driver out before speeding off with the terrified British newlyweds in the back. Shrien was To be thrown out an hour later but Anni's body was found in the car the next morning.
Grief-stricken Shrien joined police last night as they hunted the killers.
The millionaire businessman helped South African detectives in a reconstruction of the events that led to his wife's death.
Officials say the couple were in the Guguletu township heading to Mzoli's restaurant at 11pm on Saturday when the carjackers struck.
Western Cape community safety minister Albert Fritz said: "To be in a township at that time of night is very dangerous. It's something I would never do." He added: "Officers have identified suspects, they are following major leads and the case is progressing quickly."
There were also questions last night about why the cabbie was taking the pair to a restaurant that had already closed at 7pm.
Anika Govender, from Cape Town taxi company Citi Hopper, said: "You don't want to be in Guguletu after dark."
Sources say that Anni was shot three times in the chest but officials will not comment until after the postmortem.
The couple, from Bristol, were that married in India two weeks ago and had a lavish Hindu ceremony in Britain.
Shrien's cousin Sachin Dewani, 33, said: "Everyone is in total shock. They got engaged this year and everyone on our side was delighted to have Anni joining the family. I spoke to Shrien after the wedding. He was so happy."
Yesterday more than 1,200 friends and family flooded a Facebook tribute page called Memory of Anni Dewani.
Rajen Shah said: "What has happened is unimaginable.
Little Keshvi called you a princess and you truly were a princess.
Beautiful memories will always be with us."
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'Hubby felt powerless over Indian-origin wife's Cape Town murder during honeymoon'
Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 14:00 [IST]
London, Nov 16 (ANI): Brit-Indian Shrien Dewani, whose wife was killed on their honeymoon in South Africa, has said for the first time how he felt powerless after the taxi they were travelling in was ambushed by armed men in Cape Town, and pleaded with their kidnappers not to separate him from his wife, but they lied saying they "won't hurt" her.
The couple had reportedly arrived in the country last week and spent four days on safari in the Kruger National Park. On Friday they moved to Cape Town and after spending Saturday lounging by their hotel pool, they decided to head out.
At Cape Town's five-star Cape Grace Hotel where the couple had been staying, Mr Dewani said: "We spent an a hour-and-a-half driving around the city. At around 9pm, we headed to Somerset West (a suburb 30 miles away)," when they were attacked.
"They were banging their guns on the windows. One of them was using his gun to smash the driver's window. Until this happened we had been completely oblivious. We were sitting in the back of the cab going through all the pictures of our safari," the Daily Mail quoted Dewani, as saying.
Dewani, from Westbury-on-Trym, near Bristol, who owns a series of care homes, told how the attackers forced the taxi driver out of the cab and took off at speed with the couple in the back. He also said that they had put a gun in his ear and pulled back the trigger.
He said that he and his wife Anne, who had married in India, were together for 20 minutes as it hurtled around the township's dark streets and the two men took their valuables, the paper said.
He further stated that 'the men kept on saying, "We are not going to hurt you. We just want the car." That was a lie. Most of the conversation in the car was us pleading for us to be dumped together. I held on to Anni as I said to them, "Look, if you're not going to hurt her why don't you let us go?"
Soon the gunmen threw him out of the hijacked taxi's window. On Sunday Anni's body was found dumped in the back of the taxi in another township, miles from where they were picked up, he claimed.
Investigations into the case are continuing. (ANI)
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Over 700 murders in Gugulethu since 2005
Nov 16 2010 11:39
Mail and Guardian
The police were out of touch with reality for expressing shock at the murder of a tourist in Gugulethu, Cape Town, the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIIR) said on Tuesday.
This comes off the back of the murder of British tourist Anni Dewani in Gugulethu at the weekend.
"Data in the possession of the South African Institute of Race Relations shows that over 700 people have been murdered in Gugulethu since 2005. In the year to March 2010 some 110 murders occurred within the Gugulethu police precinct," the SAIRR said in a statement.
"This amounts to one murder every two-and-a-half days for five consecutive years. How under such circumstances can the police claim to be ‘shocked' or surprised at what happened to the British couple?"
The SAIRR said if the police were truly shocked, then it suggested that "the police's senior management is out of touch with the reality of life on the ground for people in areas such as Gugulethu who have been left to run the gauntlet of violent crime on a horrific scale".
The institute said it was "revealing" that it took the murder of a foreign national for the police's senior management to take stock of the state of affairs in Gugulethu.
Communities have been let down
Poor communities did not have the resources to get private security companies to protect them, said the SAIRR.
"Many of these communities rightly deserve to feel deeply let down by the performance of their government and insulted when it feigns shock and surprise at violence that has become commonplace across South Africa's poorer urban peripheries."
Western Cape police said on Tuesday that people had been taken in for questioning in connection with the killing of Dewani.
The newly-wed 28-year-old was murdered on her honeymoon during a suspected hijacking in the Cape Town township of Gugulethu.
Her husband, Shrien, was not harmed.
National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele said in reaction on Monday: "We are saddened to learn about this horrendous and shocking incident." -- Sapa
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