Dewani killer applies for parole

The Correctional Services Department confirmed it received Xolile Mngeni’s application.

Xolile Mngeni was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Anni Dewani on 5 December 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha will have the final say on whether to release one of Anni Dewani's killers on medical parole.

The department confirmed it received Xolile Mngeni's medical parole application.

He was diagnosed with a brain tumour back in 2011.

Mngeni was sentenced to life in prison for murdering Anni Dewani in an alleged staged hijacking in 2010.

Anni's husband, Shrien Dewani, is accused of masterminding the honeymoon murder.

Correctional Services spokesperson Manelisi Wolela says the application is receiving urgent attention.

"That application is currently being considered by various statutory structures, which includes the Medical Parole Advisory Board, which is composed of professionals or medical doctors from across the spectrum."

Shrien, a British businessman, could stand trial in the Western Cape High Court in October if a mental health panel finds him fit.