Court shown footage of Dewani couple

2014-10-28 16:56
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Cape Town - Surveillance footage of British businessman Shrien Dewani and his wife Anni Hindocha arriving at a Cape Town hotel for their honeymoon was shown during his murder trial in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.

The clips were shown during the testimony of their former shuttle taxi driver Zola Tongo. He is the State's 12th witness in Dewani's trial and is serving an 18-year jail term for his role in Anni's death.

Prosecutor Shareen Riley asked Tongo about his first encounters with Dewani at the Cape Grace hotel, where the businessman allegedly proposed a job involving a hit on someone he knew.

Dewani is accused of the murder of his wife during their honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

He has pleaded not guilty to the five counts against him, maintaining that the couple were the victims of a hijacking on 13 November 2010. The State alleges that he conspired with others to stage the hijacking in return for R15 000.

Anni's body was found in the abandoned shuttle taxi in Khayelitsha the following day.

The first video clip shows Tongo's vehicle parked at the entrance of the Cape Grace on 12 November 2010, at 17:12.

The court was informed the video time was around three minutes slow. The clip shows Tongo dropping off the couple after picking them up at the Cape Town International Airport.

Anni enters the hotel and her husband and Tongo speak near the boot of the vehicle. Tongo said he knew at the time she was Dewani's wife.

A few minutes later, at 17:19, Dewani enters the hotel.

In the second video clip, at 17:22, Tongo moves his vehicle from the front entrance to the parking lot.

Riley asked if Dewani ever invited him into the hotel. Tongo said no.

A minute later, Dewani leaves the hotel and enters Tongo's vehicle in the parking lot. Ten minutes later Dewani gets out and walks back to the hotel.

During his evidence-in-chief on Monday, Tongo testified that Dewani told him in the car that the job he had for him would help his business grow and that he would get many referrals.

He apparently explained to Tongo that part of the job involved someone being "removed from out of sight".

Tongo said he was not involved in such jobs but knew someone who might have the relevant contacts.

Asked at the time whether he knew who must be killed, Tongo said: "He explained to me, my lady, that it is his business or somebody who is in business with him and that person will be arriving the following day".

He knew at that stage it was a woman.

"He explained to me that he is going to pay an amount of R15 000 and when the job is finished, I am going to get my payment or my remuneration of R5 000 and then we parted ways on that score."

The pair apparently exchanged cellphone numbers.

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