Johannesburg (dpa) – The convicted killer of a Swedish woman on her honeymoon has died in a South African prison after a terminal illness, authorities said Sunday.
Xolile Mngeni was serving a life sentence for the murder of Anni Dewani, 28, a Swede of Indian origin, near Cape Town in November 2010.
His death came nearly two weeks after the start of the trial of Dewani’s husband, who is charged with hiring the killers to make it look like a botched hijacking.
British businessman Shrien Dewani, 34, admitted in court that he had a volatile relationship with his wife but pleaded not guilty.
He was extradited from Britain to South Africa in April after a four-year legal battle to prevent the transfer.
Mziwamadoda Qwabe was sentenced to 25 years in prison for being Mngeni’s accomplice, while taxi driver Zola Tongo received 18 years in a plea bargain after testifying that Dewani had hired him to organise the killing.
The trial has attracted widespread interest in South Africa, with the courtroom packed with journalists and members of the public.