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No date set for Dewani trial

The NPA hasn’t subpoenaed anyone to testify in the trial because a date has not yet been set.

FILE: The NPA hasn’t subpoenaed anyone to testify in the trial because a date has not yet been set. Picture: Sapa

CAPE TOWN - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it hasn't subpoenaed anyone to testify against honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani because a trial date has not yet been set.

Dewani, who is accused of orchestrating his wife Anni's murder while they were on their honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010, made a brief appearance in the Western Cape High court on Monday, where defence asked for the case to be postponed.

Shrien Dewani's family arrives at court ahead of his trial on 12 May 2014. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN.

The NPA's Nathi Ncube says the state's witness list hasn't been released.

"The matter has not been set down for trial so there is no witness we've sent subpoenas to, to come to court. When you send a subpoena, you must have a date on which the witness has to appear."

Ncube was responding to reports that a United Kingdom based male escort was expected to testify in the trial.

Dewani has made two brief appearances in court since being extradited from Britain last month.

He is currently being treated at the Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital.

Prosecutors have just 18 months to bring the 34-year-old businessman to trial or else he will be sent home.

Watch: Shrien Dewani appears in court