Xolile Mngeni, the man sentenced as one of the men involved in the killing of honeymooner, Anni Dewani, has been denied medical parole, the South African Justice and Correctional Services Department announced on Tuesday.
Mngeni is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of Anni Dewani alongside Zola Tongo and Mziwamadoda Qwabe, who were also charged with the murder. In addition, Mngeni is serving 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances and 5 years for possession of an unlicensed firearm. The sentences are all running concurrently with his current life-sentence.
Mngeni is currently serving his time at Brandvlei prison, where he can receive better medical care for a brain tumor which he was diagnosed with in 2011. The Medical Advisory Board recommended Mngeni apply for medical parole, which would potentially enable the man to receive more specialised care for the tumor. Mngeni was allegedly also hospitalised at Groote Schuur hospital in the Western Cape due to the tumor last month.
Correctional Services Minister, Michael Masutha, denied Mngeni’s application to be released on medical parole on Friday last week. The application had been lodged on 11 June 2014. Mngeni’s application was subsequently deferred to the Correctional Supervision and Parole Board, who then denied the application. The reason for the denial was stated as the fact that there is a lack of correct arrangements relating to Mngeni’s care, treatment and supervision in the community where he was to be released.
Department spokesperson, Mthunzi Mhaga said, “The minister considered the application of the offender and directed that the social worker urgently provides a comprehensive report that addresses the aftercare needs of the offender. We are of the view that the correctional centre where he is incarcerated has the necessary resources to provide him with adequate medical assistance.”
Anni Dewani, 28, was shot and killed in Gugulethu whilst on honeymoon with her new husband, Shrien Dewani, on the 13th of November 2010. The killing was an alleged staged high-jacking, supposed to have been arranged by Shrien himself. Shrien has since been extradited from the United Kingdom to stand trial and is currently undergoing psychiatric evaluation at the Valkenberg hospital. He faces charges of murder, kidnapping, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, defeating the ends of justice and robbery with aggravating circumstances.