Dewani killer Mziwamadoda Qwabe gets 25 years
Mziwamadoda Qwabe was jailed for 25 years for kidnapping and murdering honeymooner Anni Dewani.
The 28-year-old newlywed was allegedly killed as part of a contract killing ordered by her new husband.
She was shot in an apparent car hijacking while they were on their honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.
Handing down sentence on Wednesday, the Western Cape High Court sentenced Qwabe to 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances, five years each for kidnapping and illegal possession of a firearm, and 25 years for murder. Judge John Hlophe said the robbery, kidnapping and firearm terms would run concurrently with the murder sentence.
Qwabe pleaded guilty to all charges, after signing a plea agreement.
Judge Hlophe separated the trial of Qwabe's co-accused Xolile Mngeni, who was expected to appear later.
In the plea agreement, Qwabe admitted to kidnapping Anni Dewani in Gugulethu in collaboration with co-accused Xolile Mngeni, Zola Tonga and Anni's husband Shrien Dewani.
He admitted assaulting her with a firearm to force her into submission, and robbing her of a Giorgio Armani watch, a gold and diamond bracelet, a handbag and her cellphone. Her possessions were worth about R90,000.
He further pleaded guilty to driving Dewani to Ilitha Park, in Khayelitsha, where she was shot in the neck and killed while in the car.
He said her husband had arranged the contract killing.
“The agreement was that Zola and the husband would be unharmed and that the deceased would be kidnapped, robbed and killed,” Qwabe said in the plea agreement.
“The kidnapping and robbery were part of the plan to make it appear that this was a random criminal act, unconnected to Zola or the husband.”
Shrien Dewani has repeatedly denied these allegations. He is being treated in the United Kingdom for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, and is tied up in extradition proceedings in the UK.
At the end of July, his lawyer Claire Montgomery told the Westminster Magistrate's Court that keeping her client under medical treatment in Britain for 12 months would speed up his recovery, rather than jeopardise it by sending him to SA.
The British Press Association reported that the hearing was adjourned to September 18 for a psychiatrist to examine Dewani and give the court more information on his condition. Only then would a decision be made on whether he was fit to stand trial in Cape Town.