Shrien Dewani: The Gay Monkey And Anti-British Bias In South Africa
SHRIEN Dewani: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at the murder of Anni Dewani in the news – the monkey, the police decide he’s guilty, and the gay theory…
In the high court, Mr Justice Ouseley has granted the Bristol man bail. He maintains his innocence.
South African cabbie Zola Tongo says he was paid by Mr Dewani to organise the kidnap and murder of Anni Dewani. Mr Tongo made his claim after he was offered a reduced sentence in exchange for infotmioan.
Monde Mbolombo, Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Xolile Mngeni are the other three suspcts.
The CCTV Footage:
Did the security cameras at the Cape Grace Hotel capture an incriminating transaction?
Sky News reporter Alistair Bunkall said: “The most interesting piece of evidence was footage apparently taken three days after Mrs Dewani’s death, seeming to show the husband handing over a white package to the driver.”
The Gay Theory:
According to The Sun, a South African detective involved in the case said: “We are looking closely at suggestions that all was not well within the marriage – and that Shrien Dewani’s sexuality was a factor.
“They appear to have had different views about starting a family.”
The Pink Paper delivers this headline:
Husband of mudered bride faces sexuality speculation [sic]
On second thoughts “Mudered” might not be typo if applied to Shrien Dewani’s sexuality speculation.
The Ambiguous Cleric:
Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba said on Friday he was “shocked and stunned” by media reports about the Anni Dewani murder.
“What is clear is that a young woman met a brutal death at what should have been the happiest time of her life…Though we do not know the full facts, the speculation around the role of Anni Dewani’s husband can only appal us.”
Is he stunned by the speculation passed off as news, or the suggestion that a man arranged to have his wife killed on their honeymoon?
The Monkey Man:
South African National police ¬commissioner General Bheki Cele “claimed Mr Dewani arranged the hit on his bride two weeks into their marriage”. Said he:
“A monkey came all the way from London to have his wife ¬murdered here. Shrien thought we South ¬Africans were stupid when he came all the way to kill his wife in our country. He lied to himself.”
Monkey? As in a northern monkey, or a cheeky monkey, or monkey business? The Mail explains and digs a hole for itself:
General Cele, who is black, is understood to have used ‘monkey’ to denote bad behaviour rather than as a deliberate racial slur.
His blackness is relevant how? Is it because he might be called a monkey because he’s black – is that what the racially sensitive Mail is saying?
What say the locals?
Some might argue that shooting from the hip – as the general is prone to do from time to time – comes with the territory. After all, the citizenry just love a no-nonsense cop who wags a finger at criminals, having bloodied their noses and sent them packing like wet chickens.
What say Dewani’s relatives?
A spokesman for the family said: “We are horrified and very frightened by these outrageous comments. This is the most powerful policeman in South Africa, and he has openly called Shrien a murderer. What chance of a fair trial does he have now?“These comments clearly demonstrate the feeling in South Africa towards Shrien.”
Bash The Poms:
What vindication is there in the possibility that a foreigner so easily and cheaply hired a South African to murder his wife? There is no cause for self-righteousness or defensiveness here – only a bitter sadness in both countries.
“He was always driving a posh car. I don’t know what went wrong.”
The Lawyer Escapes:
Billy Gundelfinger, did well by showing Shrien Dewani, whose wife Anni was murdered while the couple were honeymooning in Cape Town, the middle finger when he divorced himself from the case to concentrate on what he knows best – handling divorce cases…
Honestly speaking, Gundelfinger – who once pointed out that his client was being subjected to a trial by the media when in fact journalists were actually doing their work – did not have his finger on the pulse on this one, and he knows it.
More to follow…