CAPE TOWN - The father of murder victim Anni Dewani has told Eyewitness News he understands that her husband Shrien's family also needs closure after the ordeal.
Vinod Hindocha was speaking exclusively to Eyewitness News about the death of his daughter and the fight to bring her killers to justice.
He flew to Cape Town from Sweden to attend the trial of alleged shooter Xolile Mngeni in the Western Cape High Court this week.
Mngeni has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him. Mziwamadoda Qwabe, who is serving a 25-year jail sentence for his role in the murder, was the State’s main witness this week.
Qwabe implicated both Mngeni and Shrien Dewani. He claimed Dewani paid R15,000 to have his new wife killed while on honeymoon in November 2010.
Hindocha spent several days listening to Qwabe’s harrowing testimony. At one stage he could not bear to hear any more evidence and walked out of court in tears.
He told EWN it would be best for everyone if her husband came to South Africa to to face the music in court.
“This is what they need as well. I believe we will get justice for Anni and he will come and [stand trial] here. He has to.”
MEDIA ATTENTION INTENSE
Vinod Hindocha also opened up about how the media attention has affected his family.
He said journalists have not made his life any easier, but he understands their intense interest in the case.
“While all the papers [are] writing about the [Shrien’s] health conditions has anybody thought about our condition, how we feel, what we’re going through.”
Anni's husband Shrien is still fighting his extradition from Britain to stand trial for the crime.
Hindocha will return to the Western Cape High Court on Monday, when the sixth witness will be called to the stand.
He said he would also be in court when Shrien’s extradition hearing resumes next month.