The Bloodied Bride


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“Excuse me, is there a nearby police station where I can report a hijack because my wife and I were hijacked?”

“The next morning at approximately 07:20 am Constable Mzano Twalo of the South African Police Service found a silver-grey Volkswagen Sharan parked on the side of the road in Sinqolamthi Street, Khayelitsha. On the back seat, Anni lay dead, shot once in the neck.”

“Later that same day at 5:21 pm, without a lawyer present, Qwabe signed an affidavit in which he confessed that the taxi driver, Zola Tongo, with the assistance of Mbolombo, hired him and Mngeni for an amount of R15 000 to kill Anni at the behest of her husband, Shrien Dewani.”

Prior to the trial, Shrien made various statements of his version of events to the NPA, the police, the media, and to his and Anni’s friends and family. By consistently denying his involvement Shrien, in essence, accused Tongo, Mbolombo, and Qwabe of trying to frame him for Anni’s murder. And this is also what the court implied when it dismissed the charges against Shrien. The problem is that Shrien’s version is untested – no one ever asked him tough questions – and unlike Tongo et al., his version was never tested under cross-examination. The case was dismissed before the start of the defence’s case. Shrien obviously had the right not to testify in his own defence or to incriminate himself. Nonetheless, Shrien’s version is in the public record – and author Dan Newling and television documentaries went to great lengths to defend Shrien’s version even prior to the start of the trial.

In this book, the authors will something that has never been done before – and that is to test and scrutinise Shrien’s various and differing versions. Then you, the reader, can make up your own mind as to whether Shrien was involved in Anni’s death or whether he was “stitched up”.

The book ends by asking Shrien Dewani 20 questions. The book also includes a complementary 25-page colour section containing photos and illustrations.

A must-read for anyone interested in this case, as this is the only thorough investigation that has been done on this case since.

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