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South Africa calls Anni Dewani murder verdict 'milestone' for country

Johannesburg, Wed, 21 Nov 2012 ANI

Johannesburg, Nov 21 (ANI): The South African government has hailed the guilty verdict handed down to Xolile Mngeni for the murder of Indian-origin bride Anni Dewani, calling it 'a milestone' for the country's judicial system.

"The ruling ... reaffirms that crime is not to be tolerated in South Africa,"said Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams.

Western Cape High Court Judge Robert Henney found Mngeni, 25, guilty of robbery with aggravating circumstances, premeditated murder and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, News24 reports.

Dewani was shot dead in Cape Town in November 2010, in an allegedly faked hijacking.

South African prosecutors have publicly accused the newlywed's husband Shrien, also of Indian origin, of orchestrating her killing.

According to the report, Williams said that the ruling was a warning to those who committed crimes against women and children in particular.

"We acknowledge and commend the law enforcement agencies for their role in ensuring that the law takes its course," he added. (ANI)

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