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Family Oppose Early Release Of Dewani Killer
The uncle and sister of murdered Anni Dewani have said they oppose a proposal to release her killer early from jail because he is dying.
Xolile Mngeni, who prosecutors claim was the hitman, has been recommended for compassionate release because he has a brain tumour.
Mngeni, and another accomplice, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, were handed life sentences in 2012 after pleading guilty to the 2010 murder.
Sweden-born Anni's uncle Ashok Hindocha told Sky News: "We received a letter from the probation officer about the release and we got the opportunity to answer that letter and we answered that we are against this. We don't want this probation to be granted.
"I'm sorry that he's sick. I really wish he was not sick so he could serve the sentenced time, for the sake of justice."
Her sister Ami Denborg added: "It's been hard enough as it is. I don't think we need this as well. It's just like pouring salt in our wounds that are so deep already.
"We've been struggling quite hard with this, since the loss of Anni.
"He has shown no remorse whatsoever. I feel sorry for him but on the other hand he got a sentence which is a life sentence and I really think he should be in prison for his life sentence. It doesn't matter that he's sick."
Sky News' Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said South Africa's Ministry of Justice is considering the recommendation.
A third man, taxi driver Zola Tongo, was given 18 years after admitting his role in the killing.
Anni Dewani, 28, was shot dead while on honeymoon after being kidnapped during a taxi ride through a township in Cape Town's outskirts.
Her British husband is awaiting trial on suspicion of arranging her murder.
Shrien Dewani was extradited to South Africa in April following a three-year battle in which his lawyers argued he was not mentally fit to appear in court.
The 34-year-old denies plotting to kill his wife.
His trial is scheduled to get under way in three months' time.