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Mthethwa lauds Dewani extradition

The police minister has commended officials for the way Dewani's extradition has been handled.

The police minister has commended officials for the way Shrien Dewani's extradition has been handled.

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has commended authorities for their handling of the extradition of honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani.

The 33-year-old British businessman is expected to arrive in South Africa from the United Kingdom tomorrow and make his first court appearance in connection with the 2010 murder of his wife Anni.

Dewani has fought against extradition to this country for three years, vehemently denying any part in the apparent staged hijacking in Gugulethu in which his wife was shot dead.

Mthethwa says the investigation has been done professionally, adding that law enforcement agencies from around the world are watching this case closely.

"Lots of work has been put into trying to ensure that he is extradited to South Africa because the most important thing is that anybody, including himself, is assumed innocent until proven otherwise. So he will have to come and prove himself."

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.

Anni Dewani's final footsteps.