Court sees Dewani, Tongo video

2014-10-28 18:23
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Cape Town - British businessman Shrien Dewani spoke with his shuttle taxi driver shortly after his wife Anni was killed in 2010, according to videos shown in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.

The videos taken at the Cape Grace Hotel on 4 November 2010, were shown in court while convicted taxi driver Zola Tongo was testifying against Dewani.

Tongo, the State's 12th witness, is serving a 18-year jail term for the killing.

Dewani is accused of the murder of Anni Hindocha 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 they were being driven through Gugulethu in a minibus on Saturday, 13 November 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 he conspired with others to stage the hijacking in return for R15 000.

In the first clip, Tongo sits on a leather couch in a room at the back of the hotel, shortly after 09:00. Dewani, wearing a tracksuit top and jeans, approaches him. Dewani looks to the door he has walked through, and around the room. He looks at his phone while talking to Tongo.

Tongo told prosecutor Shareen Riley the third person in the room was a window cleaner.

"The gentleman, Mr Dewani, was asking this gentleman, the cleaner, to give us some privacy, give us some space."

Dewani smiles as the cleaner leaves. He stands with his hand in his pocket, leaning against a railing near the window as the two speak.

Did they do it?

At one point, he looks to the side to see if anyone is looking at them.

Tongo said he knew there were surveillance cameras in that room, in a corner of the ceiling.

Riley asked what the men spoke about.

"Mr Dewani wanted to find out and continuously kept on asking whether I am fine. He also wanted to know whether the job has been done. I answered saying to him I don't know."

Tongo points out the surveillance cameras to Dewani in the room. Dewani walks to a point underneath the camera, then leaves.

Riley asked if any police officers were present around 09:00 that morning. Tongo replied there were none in the room he was in, but a few in the front of the hotel.

The second clip shows Dewani returning to the room a few minutes later, cellphone in hand.

"One of the things he wanted to know from me whether I have any information about what happened. Is there anything I heard of? Did those gentlemen really do what they were supposed to do?"

The conversation lasted a few minutes.

Riley asked if he knew at that stage whether Anni's body had been found. Tongo said he was informed, but could not remember exactly when.

In the footage, Dewani looks out the window and then paces back and forth in front of Tongo.

Read more on:    zola tongo  |  anni hindocha  |  shrien dewani  |  cape town  |  dewani trial

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