Dewani matter costing SA millions

Taxpayers continue to foot the bill for Shrien Dewani, even after paying millions for his extradition.

Honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani arrives in Cape Town on 8 April 2014. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - It remains unclear exactly how much money government has spent over the past three years to extradite murder accused Shrien Dewani.

The 34-year-old was flown to Cape Town from the United Kingdom (UK) this week on a private plane at taxpayers' expense.

It's believed the trip cost nearly R3 million, while the state is also footing the bill for his stay and treatment at Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital.

The Justice Department's Mthunzi Mhaga said the costs incurred over the past three years include overseas trips for officials involved in the legal battle to extradite Dewani.

"Later on we will have to do some costing because there are other expenses that we are still incurring, given the fact that he is still being treated here."

Meanwhile, the Hawks said they were confident Dewani would receive adequate treatment for his psychological problems.

The 34-year-old is being held at the Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital in Pinelands.

He made a brief appearance in the Western Cape High Court earlier this week, where he was first processed and then charged with, among other offences, murder.

Shrien Dewani arrives at the Western Cape High Court in a black Hyundai with the tinted windows on 8 April 2014. Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN.

Dewani has denied any involvement in arranging his wife Anni's murder in 2010.

Members of the ANC Women's League protest outside the Western Cape High Court on 8 April 2014 ahead of Shrien Dewani's first appearance. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

Anni Dewani's final footsteps.

Anni was shot dead in an alleged fake hijacking in Gugulethu while the couple were in Cape Town on their honeymoon.

Hawks spokesperson Paul Ramaloko said Dewani was under police guard at Valkenberg.

"He is being watched by police 24/7. We are confident that he will recover. But all is in order so far."

Police officers and members of the media await Shrien Dewani's appearance in the Western Cape High Court room 1 on 8 April 2014. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN


Dewani, who had been fighting his extradition to South Africa for three years, lost his final appeal.

The businessman was taken from a secure mental health unit in Bristol to the airport by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service Extradition Unit on Monday evening.

Officers were met at the airport by representatives from the South African authorities who are escorting him on the flight to Cape Town.

He arrived in the Western Cape on Tuesday morning and was taken straight to the Western Cape High Court.

After his court appearance he was taken to Valkenberg, where he will remain until 12 May when he will appear in court again.

Dewani murder case timeline.