South African government wants prosecutions in UK tourist murder case

20:53, December 09, 2010      

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All suspects in the murder of a UK tourist near Cape Town must be prosecuted, the South African government said on Thursday.

Briefing journalists in Cape Town on the South African cabinet' s last regular meeting of the year, Minister in the South African presidency Collins Chabane said the importance of prosecuting the suspects in the Anni Dewani case cannot be over-emphasized.

According to the South African Press Association (SAPA), Chabane said the case had drawn global attention and damaged South Africa's reputation.

"The South African government will leave no stone unturned in the fight against abuse of women and children, and the perpetrators of the abuse must expect no mercy from the law enforcement authorities," he said.

Cape Talk radio station in Cape Town said on Thursday that South African police are to carefully study CCTV footage apparently showing the murdered woman's widower, Shrien Dewani, and taxi driver Zola Tongo making some kind of monetary exchange.

On Tuesday, Tongo was sentenced to 18 years for his role in the murder of Dewani's wife Anni in Gugulethu on Nov. 13.

The radio station said South African police s are looking at every piece of evidence so to further strengthen their case against Dewani.

They say they will not ignore any evidence, no matter how minor it may seem.

Shrien Dewani on Thursday remained in custody in London as South African authorities opposed the bail granted to him.

Meanwhile in Cape Town, Minister Chabane urged all South Africans to stand up against abuse of any kind and report all incidents to the authorities to ensure the perpetrators were brought to justice.

The South African cabinet regretted that some despicable incidents of abuse against women and children had occurred. Some of these were exposed during the 16-days of activism campaign against the abuse of women and children, which ends on Friday.

Among these incidents were the "cold-blooded murder" of Dewani, a "shameful incident of sexual intercourse in a school yard in Johannesburg," and the uncovering of an alleged child pornography ring involving toddlers at a house outside Pretoria.

However, Chabane said that despite these incidents, the South African cabinet concluded that the campaign was a success in that it raised awareness about abuse of any kind.

Source: Xinhua


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