CAPE TOWN, South Africa – A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the weekend death of a British tourist who was honeymooning in Cape Town, South Africa's national police chief said Thursday.
Police Chief Bheki Cele spoke Thursday at a nationally televised news conference, a measure of the attention the murder of a foreigner has drawn in a country known for high rates of murder, rape and other violent crime. Cele held the news conference in Guguletu, the township where Anni Dewani, her husband and a driver were hijacked late Saturday.
Gunmen forced Shrien Dewani and the driver from the vehicle. Anni Dewani's body was found the next morning in another township. Cele said Thursday she had been shot in the back of the neck. He said she had not been sexually assaulted.
The Dewanis, married for two weeks, were honeymooning in South Africa.
Also Thursday, the first suspect arrested appeared in court on charges of murder and hijacking.
Both suspects are 26 years old, Cele said. He would not say what charges the second suspect faced.
Cele vowed a crackdown on crime in Cape Town townships, which he said were overrun by gangs and drugs. He said police would be targeting illegal bars known as shebeens.
"We are going to be merciless to these shebeens, gangsters and all those involved in drugs and substance abuse," he said.