The newspaper said it learnt from “two highly reliable sources close to the investigation” that Dewani is wanted back in South Africa.Negotiations are under way to get the British nursing home owner to return voluntarily.
If he returns, he will be charged and arrested, the source told the M&G. If he doesn’t, the National Prosecuting Authority will have to extradite him from Britain.
Anni Dewani was shot dead while the couple were honeymooning in Cape Town. They were hijacked at about midnight on Saturday, November 13 in Gugulethu.
Three men, including the driver of the taxi cab they used, have been arrested for murder and hijacking.The taxi driver, 31-year-old Zola Tongo, is currently negotiating a plea deal with the State. The other two accused are Xolile Mngeni, 23, and 26-year-old Mzwamadoda Qwabe.
This week Dewani appointed top South African divorce and criminal lawyer Billy Gundelfinger to keep a “watching brief”. Asked whether he knew his client was a suspect in the murder investigation, Gundelfinger declined to comment.In Britain, Dewani also appointed public relations guru Max Clifford, who has created a media frenzy around his client. The UK’s Daily Mail reported sources close to Dewani saying that he believed South African police wanted to pin the murder of his wife on him.
When contacted for a response to the allegations, police spokesperson Frederick van Wyk said he could not comment as it was an ongoing investigation.