Dewani honeymoon murder: trial delayed over illness

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Mziwamadoda Qwabe (right)
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Mziwamadoda Qwabe, right, was admitted to hospital suffering from flu

The trial of two men accused of murdering honeymooner Anni Dewani in South Africa has been delayed after one of them fell ill.

Xolile Mngeni and Mziwamadoda Qwabe were due to appear at Wynberg Court, Cape Town.

The court was told Mr Mngeni had flu and was admitted to a prison hospital.

South African authorities are bidding to extradite Mrs Dewani's husband Shrien to question him about the murder in Cape Town in November 2010.

South African police claim Mr Dewani paid the men to shoot his 28-year-old bride in the back of a taxi during a staged hijacking.

Taxi driver Zola Tongo claimed in a plea bargain that Mr Dewani offered him cash to arrange for two hitmen to ambush his vehicle.

Mr Dewani and Tongo were ejected from the cab and Mrs Dewani was driven off and killed.

Tongo, 31, from Bothasig, Cape Town, has been sentenced to 18 years in jail for murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances and perverting the course of justice.

Mr Dewani, a 31-year-old Bristol care home owner, denies any wrongdoing and is fighting extradition.

Mr Qwabe, 25, and Mr Mngeni, 23, are charged with murder, kidnapping and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

The case was postponed to 13 June for Mr Mngeni to recover.

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