Dewani case: Judge wants no delays

Judge Robert Henney emphasised he wants no further delays in the case.

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

CAPE TOWN - A Western Cape judge, Judge Robert Henney, who presided over murder accused, Shrien Dewani's court appearance on Tuesday has made it clear that there can be no further delays in the case.

Dewani is accused of masterminding his wife Anni's murder while the couple was honeymooning in Cape Town almost four years ago.

Anni was shot dead in November 2010 in a taxi in Gugulethu Township on the outskirts of Cape Town.

Dewani denies any wrongdoing but prosecutors have accused him of conspiring to kill his wife.

The British businessman was declared fit to stand trial last month by a panel of five mental health experts, allaying concerns about his state of mind.

He appeared in the Western Cape high court on Tuesday for a pre-trial hearing.

When Dewani next steps into the dock at the Western Cape high court, it will be to start his long-awaited trial.

His defence team on Tuesday told the court it needs certain outstanding phone and prison records relating to Zola Tongo and Mziwamadoda Qwabe, two of the men already convicted for Anni's murder.

Tongo's former lawyer, William de Grasse, has now been tasked with getting these records.

"It simply details billing for a certain period, in respect with Telkom lines or landlines cellphone calls."

The trial will begin on 6 October.

(Editd by Leeto M Khoza)