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No change to Dewani indictment

Dewani is set to be charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and defeating the ends of justice.

Shrien Dewani is set to be charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and defeating the ends of justice. Picture:AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Justice Ministry officials say Shrien Dewani is expected to be charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and defeating the ends of justice when he appears in the Western Cape High Court for the first time tomorrow.

The 33-year-old British businessman is set to board a flight in the UK for Cape Town tonight.

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 Anni was shot dead.

He is due to arrive in South Africa early on Tuesday morning and make his first court appearance before midday.

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

Several members of local and international media houses packed courtroom four at the Western Cape High Court earlier looking for answers from Justice Ministry officials about Dewani's court appearance tomorrow.

The Justice Department's Mthunzi Mhaga says the indictment has not changed.

"Indications from the National Prosecuting Authority are that the initial charges of conspiracy to murder, murder and defeating the ends of justice are still the charges Mr Dewani will face when he lands in South Africa."

Dewani will appear in courtroom one and Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe will be presiding.

While cameras will be allowed in court, journalists have been ordered to stop snapping when Hlophe enters the room.

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

Three South African men are already serving lengthy jail terms for their role in the murder.

Meanwhile, Anni's uncle and brother earlier said during a packed press conference there was no light in their lives and that the lengthy extradition process was killing them inside.

At one point, her brother broke down in tears as the whole extradition process was described as torture.

Anni's family intend to fly to South Africa for the trial itself and described how they have been overwhelmed by offers of free accommodation and restaurant meals from supporters in the Western Cape.

They thanked South Africans for the outpouring of generosity and support since she was murdered.

They also said they are delighted that court proceedings will now be about Anni and not Shrien.

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