South African court delays revelations of UK tourist's murder

21:18, December 06, 2010      

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South Africans expecting dramatic courtroom revelations about the high-profile murder of a UK tourist were on Monday told they will have to wait another day.

The plea bargain statement by the taxi driver who has turned state witness regarding his alleged involvement in the murder of honeymooning tourist Anni Dewani will be submitted in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.

The South African Press Association (SAPA) reported that driver Zola Robert Tonga's plea bargain document will only become available to the media after proceedings in the High Court.Tonga is expected to plead guilty to four charges, and the plea bargain document will then be read into the court record.

In South Africa, such a plea bargain includes a sentence that has been agreed to by all the parties involved.

On Monday, Tonga made his final appearance in the Wynberg Regional Court before Magistrate Jackie Redelinghuys.

The magistrate ordered a separation of trials, at the request of the Western Cape Director of Public Prosecutions, senior counsel Rodney de Kock who represented the State.

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