Dewani's psychiatrist to visit CPT

Shrien Dewani's defence wants an expert to visit the Valkenberg Psychiatric Unit and Goodwood prison.

Shrien Dewani and his murdered wife Anni. Picture: AFP

LONDON - Permission will be sought from South African authorities for a British psychiatrist acting on behalf of Shrien Dewani's legal team to visit custodial centres he might be held in after his extradition.

It emerged in a London Court on Wednesday that one expert had already inspected the Valkenberg Psychiatric Unit and the Goodwood prison in Cape Town, but now a second visit has been urgently requested.

Dewani is accused of masterminding the murder of his new bride Anni in Cape Town in November 2010.

District judge Howard Riddle was adamant that resumption of extradition proceedings against the British businessman would begin on 31 July.

Dewani's defence are concerned with the conditions in which he might be held in and his access to specialist care.


Anni was murdered by three men who are now serving lengthy sentences for their part in the crime.

Xolile Mngeni was sentenced to life imprisonment in December.

Mngeni was convicted of robbery with aggravating circumstances, premeditated murder and the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Zola Tongo were sentenced to 25 years and 18 years.

Dewani was arrested by UK police after he left South Africa and has since appeared several times in a UK court to challenge his extradition.