Dewani to land in SA Tues

Shrien Dewani will land in SA tomorrow & make his first court appearance on a charge of murder.

Shrien Dewani. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - A last-minute appeal to the European Court of Human Rights seems unlikely as Shrien Dewani's three-year battle against his extradition to South Africa comes to an end.

Dewani is expected to board a plane to South Africa from Britain tonight, to face charges in connection with the 2010 murder of his bride Anni in Cape Town.

The 33-year-old Bristol businessman is scheduled to make a brief appearance in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday morning, the same court that handed lengthy jail terms to three accomplices involved in the alleged staged hijacking in Gugulethu.

Dewani has vehemently denied orchestrating Anni's murder.

The Justice Department's Mthunzi Mhaga says extradition proceedings are on track.

"So far it's all systems go for Dewani to land on 8 April."

Dewani will be escorted by law enforcement officials and a nurse on his overnight flight from London to Cape Town.

Once he lands on Tuesday morning, he will be transported directly to court to make his first appearance and be formally charged.

Further details about his expected court appearance will be revealed today.

Meanwhile, several international and local media houses are expected to show a massive interest in Dewani's court appearance.

It's understood proceedings won't be long and a bail application is unlikely.

It may also be some time before a trial gets underway.

A briefing by the Justice Department later today may also be reveal who the prosecutors and judge in this case are.

At the same time, security has reportedly been tightened at Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital, where a single room possibly awaits Dewani, who has been suffering from mental health problems.