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Cartoonist apologies for anti-gay tweet about Shrien Dewani

December 9, 2014

A South African cartoonist has apologised for making anti-gay comments on Twitter in response to the Shrien Dewani verdict.

The British businessman was yesterday cleared of murdering his wife during their South Africa honeymoon, after the judge threw out the case.

The court on the first day of testimony heard that Mr Dewani is bisexual. The prosecution had alleged that because of his sexual orientation, Mr Dewani had wanted to get out of his marriage to wife Anni.

He denied plotting to arrange the murder, and said Anni’s death was the result of a botched carjacking in Cape Town back in 2010.

Judge Jeanette Traverso dismissed the case against him, after describing evidence from prosecution witnesses as “riddled with contradictions”.

Cartoonist and blogger Jeremy Nell reacted by tweeting: “What’s more gay: Shrien Dewani or the South African justice system?”

The South African Times reports Mr Nell was quickly criticised over his remarks.

HIV activist Zackie Achmat blasted the “stupidest comment”.

Mr Nell subsequently removed the post, saying: “Previous tweet retracted. Apologies”.

He then tweeted a cartoon relating to Shrien Dewani’s sexual orientation.

And a message of support regarding his original joke.

Comments on this story have been disabled for legal reasons. 

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