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Accusations of Dewani's 'double life' to dominate trial

Dewani is accused of orchestrating his wife Anni's murder while on honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

Shrien Dewani sits in the dock in the Western Cape High Court ahead of the start of his murder trial on 6 October 2014. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Accusations that a man with a secret double life travelled halfway across the world to kill his wife is expected to dominate the highly anticipated trial of British businessman Shrien Dewani.

Dewani is accused of orchestrating his wife Anni's murder while on honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

Anni was shot dead in a taxi in November 2010 in Khayelitsha in what appeared to be a botched hijacking.

Dewani was implicated in his wife's death by three co-accused who agreed to testify for the state in exchange for lesser sentences.

He has denied any involvement in the killing.

The media spotlight is firmly on the Western Cape High Court this morning where Dewani will go on trial, almost four years after allegedly orchestrating Anni's murder.

The so-called honeymoon murder trial has attracted both local and international media attention.

There are limited seats available inside the courtroom and only accredited journalists will be allowed to follow proceedings.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) remains tight-lipped over who the state will call to testify.

The NPA's Nathi Mncube won't reveal who is on the witness list just yet.

"We are ready, we have subpoenaed all the necessary witnesses that we think we're going to need in the trial. We're hopeful they'll also be able to attend, free from any illness that might hinder their attendance."

Several members of Anni's family have travelled to the Western Cape to attend the trial.

Speaking during a press conference on Sunday night, the British bride's tearful uncle and father said they'd been waiting four years to hear the truth about what happened to her.

"All I ask for, is the full story and justice."

Dewani's relatives are also expected in court today.

The British businessman will be asked to plead to the five charges against him.

Dewani was extradited from Britain in April after losing a three-year battle to avoid trial in South Africa.

His mental health has been a topic of concern over the last few years but in August he was deemed fit to stand trial by a panel of experts who had been observing him at the Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital in Pinelands.

He was initially said to be suffering from post-traumatic stress and depression.

For the latest on the trial go to EWN's Dewani Trial live blog.