No video footage ‘at this stage’ – Dewani lawyer

2012-08-21 07:10

The much-awaited CCTV footage of a state witness in the Anni Dewani trial meeting taxi driver Zola Tongo will not be shown yet, the Western Cape High Court has heard.

Tongo is serving 18 years after entering a plea agreement with the state in the Anni Dewani murder case.

The footage purportedly shows the witness, who may not be named because of a court order, meeting Tongo in the foyer of the hotel where the witness worked.

Defence attorney Qalisile Dayimani tried to screen the footage in court last week, but could not because of technical problems.

Then he told the court yesterday he would not show the footage yet.

The state witness, testifying against murder accused Xolile Mngeni, told the court yesterday that he was “not promised anything” by the police in exchange for turning state witness.

The witness is the man who provided the link between Tongo and hitman Mziwamadoda Qwabe.

Qwabe was recently sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to participating in the murder o Anni Dewani while she was on her honeymoon in South Africa with her husband, Shrien.

The witness last week told the court he got hold of Qwabe after Tongo told him he had a client, believed to be Shrien Dewani, who was looking for a hitman to kill one of two women.

Yesterday proceedings centred on Dayimani cross-examining the witness over statements he had provided to the police after his arrest on November 18 2010.

Dayimani’s attempts to discredit the witness puzzled some in the public gallery, however, as the witness has not implicated his client, Mngeni, in any of his testimony.

The witness has told the court that he had never met Mngeni, and did not know who he was, until he appeared in court.
Mngeni has pleaded not guilty.

The trial continues.

– West Cape News

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