Dewani killer denied parole

Xolile Mngeni was denied bail due to inadequate supervision at the house where he would've been released to.

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

CAPE TOWN - Xolile Mngeni, one of the men convicted for Anni Dewani's murder has been denied medical parole.

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha declined Mngeni's application to be released from prison for health reasons.

This came after the Correctional Supervision and Parole Board turned it down.

The Medical Parole Advisory Board had recommended Mngeni, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2011, be placed on medical parole.

Department spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga says Mngeni was denied bail on the grounds of inadequate supervision at the house where he would have been released to.

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

Her husband, Shrien, is accused of masterminding the honeymoon murder.

He was extradited to South Africa from the United Kingdom in April and is said to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

Shrien is accused of paying three men to kill her, allegations which he has vehemently denied.

His trial is expected to start on 6 October, should Dewani be deemed mentally sound.

The state has just 18 months to bring him to trial or he'll be sent back to Britain.