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'Anni was never a Dewani'

Uncle Ashok Hindocha says murdered Anni was technically not part of the Dewani family.

Uncle Ashok Hindocha says murdered Anni was technically not part of the Dewani family. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The family of murdered bride Anni says she was actually never a Dewani, insisting that when she still had her maiden name, Hindocha at the time of her death.

The 28-year-old was shot and killed in an alleged staged hijacking during her honeymoon in Cape Town more than three years ago.

Her husband Shrien Dewani is expected to be extradited from the UK to South Africa next week to face charges in connection with her murder.

While the world may identify her as Anni Dewani, her uncle Ashok Hindocha explains she is technically not a part of the Dewani family.

"When she was married the cultural way, she became Anni Dewani but officially she is still Anni Hindocha."

Hindocha adds there are no legal papers stating that Anni is officially, or ever was, a Dewani.

It's been reported that Anni and Shrien's 2010 marriage in India was religious and the legally binding ceremony was only due to take place later.

This time next week 33-year-old Shrien is expected to make an appearance in the Western Cape High Court for a formal bail application.

The Justice Department's Mthunzi Mhaga says Dewani is expected to be picked up by law enforcement officials working with Scotland Yard in the UK on Monday next week and will be accompanied by a nurse.

It's understood that if he is denied bail and is found to still be suffering from mental illness, Dewani may be given his own room at Valkenberg Hospital.

Three South African men are already serving lengthy jail sentences for their involvement in the crime.

Xolile Mngeni was sentenced to life imprisonment in December 2012.

He 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 respectively.

Watch a video tracing Anni's final steps.

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