Case 153

Anni Hindocha

Newlyweds Anni Hindocha and Shrien Dewani were looking forward to celebrating their honeymoon in South Africa. After a traditional wedding in India, they set off for a luxury stay at Kruger National Park before making their way to Cape Town. 

On November 13, local man Simbonile Matokazi returned to his home near the Cape Flats township of Khayelitsha to find Shrien Dewani standing on his doorstep. As foreign visitors to the area were rare, Simbonile was baffled by the man’s presence. Shrien approached and asked, “Excuse me, is there a nearby police station where I can report a hijack?”



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A Fathers Story: A dad’s heartbreaking account of his treasured daughter’s life that was cut short in a horrific honeymoon murder – by Hindocha, Vinod. Anni Dewani. Mirror Books. Kindle Edition.

Anni Dewani: Her Family’s Hell (News Flash) – A newsflash collection of reporting from the Times Media. Times Media Reporters. Times Media Books. Kindle Edition.



The State v Zola Robert Tongo, High Court of South Africa, Western Cape Provincial Division, Case No. 55 59/2010, Agreement under section 105A of ACT 51 of 1977, 5 December 2010.

The State v Xolile Wellington Mngeni, High Court of South Africa, Western Cape High Court, Cape Town, CC24/2011

The State v Mziwamadoda Lennox Qwabe, High Court of South Africa, Western Cape Provincial Division, Agreement under section 105A of ACT 51 of 1977, 24 July 2012

The State v Shrien Prakash Dewani, High Court of South Africa, Western Cape Division, Cape Town, CC15/2014



BBC Panorama, The Honeymoon Murder: Who killed Anni Dewani? – Aired on BBC One on 29 March 2012



British bride killed ‘after driver lost way’ in Cape Town ghetto – The Evening Standard, November 15 2010

CT tour guides: Township tours are safe – News24, November 15 2010

Murdered tourist looking for ‘real Africa’ – News24, November 16 2010

South Africa carjack murder; Gang said they would not kill my wife…they lied – Daily Star, November 17 2010

Widower tells of carjacking terror – Express, November 23 2010

Honeymoon husband: I didn’t kill my bride – Emirates247, November 23 2010

South Africa murder; tragic end to fairytale marriage – The Telegraph, November 27 2010

Murdered bride ‘was upset’ – Pretoria News, November 29 2010

Husband’s previous fiance was daughter of Indian airline tycoon – The Daily Mail, November 29 2010

Honeymoon murder: Shrien Dewani profile – Telegraph, December 7 2010

South Africa honeymoon murder husband arrested in UK – BBC, 8 December 8 2010

South African politicians and media furious over suggestions Dewani is innocent – The Daily Mail, December 9 2010

Tongo’s family ties – IOL, December 10 2010

Shrien Dewani: The German male prostitute alleges – Anorak, December 15 2010

Murder accused ‘led police to gun’ – Mail & Guardian, February 4 2011

Dewani murder case: How grieving husband became suspect – The Guardian, February 18 2011

Anni murder sleuth testifies – IOL, August 27 2012

Anni Dewani’s killer ‘recovering’ – EWN, April 12 2013

Anni Dewani’s cousin reveals how she secretly recorded Shrien after honeymoon death because she was suspicious of his ‘unloving’ and ‘strange’ behaviour – Daily Mail, October 20 2014

Anni Dewani murder: hotel worker admits he played ‘leading role’ in plot – The Guardian, November 10 2014

Exclusive Arm severed… – The Daily Mail, May 14 2015

Anni Dewani: ‘Mastermind’ behind honeymoon bride’s murder ‘is told he will not face justice’ – Mirror, June 18 2015

Anni Dewani: Coroner rules out full UK inquest – BBC, October 9 2015

Shrien Dewani ‘gay lover’ and witness in honeymoon murder trial found hanged – The Mirror, November 8 2016

Shrien Dewani’s publicist Max Clifford dies – Eye Witness News, December 11 2017

‘It hurts’ Agony of Anni Dewani’s dad as her husband Shiren finds new love with a man four years after honeymoon murder acquittal – The Sun, August 3 2018

No Answers for Anni’s dad as killer awaits parole decision – IOL, June 3 2019

Anni Hindocha’s killer remains behind bars months after parole application – IOL, October 9 2019





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