Let us be clear. On the evidence SA is in trouble in the extradition proceedings, assuming Shrien Dewani's legal team is sharp.
You see the test for the court will be whether or not SA "can be trusted" to give the bugger a "fair trial", not whether he is guilty or innocent.
Now on this test, we are in big trouble considering that, on historical evidence, it can be easily shown that -
1. there is selectivity as regards prosecution (prosecuting only Shaik and not also Zuma)
2. there is political interference in prosecution (non other than Vusi Pilkoli alleges this)
3. there is police distortion of evidence (Yengeni)
4. there is corrupt "deal brokering" between the police and crooks at the highest level (for which the Commissioner of Police, Selebi has been actually convicted. This case is also founded on "a deal" brokered with a convicted murderer)
5. there is a political motive to "get Diwani" (we have already said that this case has brought SA into disrepute, even though murder and rape is already a pandemic in this country) This point is a killer
6. it is therefore not at all surprising that the Police Commissioner,Cele, has contemptuously "trampled" all over Dewani's rights to be presumed innocent, by referring to him as a "monkey" .... ..and here we get buried
7. with Cele then completely discrediting himself (and by extension our system) by brazenly lying about whether or not he was referring to Dewani. ... and a tombstone erected
In short our whole criminal justice system stands to be comprehensively discredited as one that cannot "be trusted" to give a British citizen a "fair trial".
8. and as regards the Western Cape court, that will try Dewani, non other than its Judge President (Hlophe) alleges a conspiracy by the most senior judges in the land and "unfairness" in his matter. So if even the JP of the very court that is set to try Dewani cannot get justice, what are the chances for Dewani .... ?
9. ... and, of cause, the state of our prisons ... I just cannot see us wriggling out of this one
As said Dewani's legal team can quite easily "crucify" our criminal justice system and our "General" Cele has given them quite a boost ....
As an experienced advocate I would love to argue this on on behalf of Dewani.