Middleman in Anni Dewani’s murder still not charged

The judge presiding over the trial denied the former hotel receptionist indemnity from prosecution last year.

FILE: Members of the ANC Women's League protest outside the Western Cape High Court on 8 April 2014. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The middleman in the plot to kill Swedish honeymooner Anni Dewani has not been charged nearly a year after a judge denied him indemnity from prosecution.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has confirmed it's yet to take a decision on Monde Mbolombo.

Today marks exactly one year since Anni's British husband, Shrien went on trial for her murder.

He was acquitted in December.

Three South African men were jailed for their involvement in the killing.

The judge who presided over the Dewani murder trial denied former hotel receptionist, Mbolombo indemnity from prosecution last year, protection he had previously been granted by another court.

Judge Jeannette Traverso said Mbolombo was a self-confessed liar who misled police.

Mbolomobo claimed his lies were limited to down-playing the extent of his involvement in the murder plot, but things unravelled during cross examination.

Dewani's counsel argued Mbolombo played a leading role in the murder plan.

To date, the NPA has not taken a decision on whether to prosecute him.

Meanwhile, a London coroner's inquest into the murder will resume on Friday.


In September, calls were growing for Dewani, who was cleared of plotting to murder his wife on honeymoon, to be questioned publicly at an inquest.

The British businessman has never been questioned in public and under oath about what happened in November 2010 when his wife was shot dead in a township near Cape Town.

Her father Vinod Hindocha thought a British inquest was the final chance to find out what really happened and said it was their last shot at justice'.

They were demanding coroner Andrew Walker name Dewani as a witness when he set out the scope of the inquest.

However, under British guidelines a witness is not obliged to answer questions which may incriminate them.

The victim's family decided against a private prosecution.

Almost a year ago, the Western Cape High Court acquitted Dewani after South African prosecutors failed to build a strong case against him.

Hindocha had said they didn't get justice in South Africa, but insisted there were other options.

"There are many options actually. A private prosecutor in the UK, we are looking into it."

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