Dewani murder middleman warned: Be honest or else

2014-11-06 18:50
Anni Hindocha. (Jennifer Bruce, AFP)

Anni Hindocha. (Jennifer Bruce, AFP)

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Cape Town - A State witness Monde Mbolombo in Shrien Dewani’s murder trial was warned on Thursday to be honest and convincing or he could face serious charges over Anni Hindocha’s murder.  
Mbolombo, the so-called middleman, was granted immunity from prosecution on two charges, conspiracy to commit murder and illegal possession of ammunition after Xolile Mngeni’s trial for his part in the murder.

But the presiding judge in Dewani’s trial, Jeanette Traverso, told Mbolombo that he might face five counts and made sure he read and understood the charge sheet first before proceeding with his testimony.

"I am not satisfied as I sit here yet, I might be at a later stage, that the indemnity granted to you by Judge [Robert] Henney, applies to this case as well," she told him.

"At a later stage I would ask counsel to address me on that aspect."

Soft-spoken middleman

Mbolombo admitted to the court that he had previously not been honest in his statements given to police as he was afraid he would be jailed for his part in Hindocha’s murder.

The soft-spoken witness, who worked for Protea Hotels, sat in the dock wearing a suit and green tie, his eyes often downcast.

He said he had lost his job with Protea because of his role in the murder. He said he eventually realised that he would have to reveal to authorities his part in Hindocha’s murder because he had “run out of ideas and there was no more hiding on my side and I just had to be open and honest".

Mbolombo said taxi driver Zola Tongo came to him asking if knew a hitman.  Tongo had allegedly told him that a foreigner was asking for someone to perform a hit on his partner. Mbolombo then contacted Mziwamadoda Qwabe, or “Abongile” to arrange hitmen.

Dewani calmer

Mbolombo said Tongo told him the man said he wanted the hit to look like a hijacking.

Dewani, who has often been jittery in court and darts his head about often, appeared calmer on Thursday.  

After proceedings finished on Thursday, the red Ford hatchback taking the accused back to Valkenberg Hospital screeched as it hurried to avoid photographers scrambling to get a photograph of him.

The British businessman is on trial for allegedly plotting with shuttle Tongo and others to kill his wife Anni while they were on honeymoon on Cape Town in November 2010.

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

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