Shrien Dewani arrives in South Africa

The British businessman arrived at the Cape Town International Airport a short while ago.

FILE: The British businessman arrived at the Cape Town International Airport a short while ago. Picture: Dewani Allegations Facebook Page.

CAPE TOWN - Shrien Dewani has arrived in South Africa after a protracted extradition battle.

A chartered jet believed to have been carrying Dewani landed shortly after 9am this morning on Cape Town International Airport's runway.

The plane quickly disappeared into the mist at the end of the tarmac.

The department says Dewani was received by police officials at the airport.

He arrived in the company of a medical doctor, nurse, members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol).

His travel arrangements have been shrouded in secrecy because of security concerns around his extradition.

The 34-year-old multimillionaire businessman has been extradited to South Africa from the United Kingdom to be charged and processed in connection with the 2010 murder of his wife.

Anni Dewani was shot dead in an alleged staged hijacking in Gugulethu while the couple were on their honeymoon.

Dewani is said to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

Anni Dewani's final footsteps.


Dewani, accompanied by South African officials, will be heading straight to the Western Cape High Court's courtroom one where court proceedings will be presided over by Cape Judge President John Hlope.

While Dewani won't make a formal bail application today, he is set to be charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and defeating the ends of justice.

At the court, officials are preparing for Dewani's arrival.

A side entrance at the court, where Dewani is likely to be ushered into the building is cordoned off with yellow police tape.

Several officers are posted in the area, keeping watch.

There's also a large media contingent outside the court.

Dewani is expected to appear in the dock just before midday.

It's likely to be a brief appearance and the media will not be allowed to take photos.