Justice Dept all set for Dewani extradition

Shrien Dewani is being extradited to stand trial for his role in his wife Anni’s murder in SA in 2010.

Shrien Dewani arrives at Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court sitting at Woolwich Crown Court in south London, on 10 August, 2011. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The Justice Department says it's all set for the extradition of honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani from the United Kingdom (UK) to South Africa.

Dewani will be escorted to the country and will arrive on Tuesday 8 April.

He will make an appearance in the Western Cape High Court on the same day, for a formal bail application.

The 33-year-old is expected to face charges in-connection with his wife Anni's murder in Cape Town in 2010.

Further logistical details about his court appearance will be made known on Monday.

The Justice Department's Mthunzi Mhaga says, "We will have a media briefing on Monday at 10:30 in the Western Cape High Court. It should be more of a technical briefing on all logistics around the court appearance and his arrival and what is likely to unfold."

Three other men are serving lengthy jail terms for their roles in the 2010 crime.

Dewani is expected to be picked up by law enforcement officials working with Scotland Yard in the UK on Monday.

It's been reported Dewani has been spending his days in a camper van on the grounds of the hospital where he is being treated.

He will be accompanied by a nurse and other officials on his flight to Cape Town.

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.

Meanwhile, relatives of the slain British bride will not be attending her husband's first appearance in a South African court next week.