Dewani trial: Taxi driver Tongo still on the stand

By Drum Digital
03 November 2014

British businessman Shrien Dewani's trial, on a charge of murdering his wife Anni, continues in the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

The shuttle taxi driver convicted of her murder, State witness Zola Tongo, was expected to continue being cross-examined.

On Thursday Francois van Zyl, for Dewani, showed three video clips in court in an attempt to show Tongo lied about his meeting with his client on the day of Anni's murder.

Tongo said he and Dewani agreed to meet at 11am or noon that day to exchange his dollars into rands. During his evidence-in-chief, Tongo said he was late and Dewani phoned to check where he was.

On Tongo's version, the exchanged money was intended for the hitmen who said they wanted R15,000, not dollars.

Van Zyl said Dewani would tell the court, if necessary, that the planned meeting was for noon, that he and Anni had enjoyed a late breakfast, and he almost forgot about the meeting.

Dewani is accused of the murder of his wife during their honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, conspiracy to commit these crimes and defeating the ends of justice.

Dewani claims the couple were hijacked as Tongo was driving them through Gugulethu in his minibus on Saturday, November 13, 2010. He was released unharmed and Anni driven away. She was found shot dead in the abandoned minibus in Khayelitsha the next morning.

The State alleges Dewani conspired with others to stage the hijacking in return for R15,000.

Source : Sapa

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