Dewani 'seen paying taxi driver on CCTV'

2010-12-09 08:27

Cape Town - Honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani was captured on CCTV cameras paying cash to the taxi driver who admitted to arranging the murder of his bride, Anni Dewani, in an apparent botched hijacking.

The Sun reported on Thursday that footage from a camera at an upmarket Cape Town restaurant showed a private meeting between Dewani and Zola Tongo, who admitted his role in the murder in a plea bargain with the State earlier this week, and was sentenced to an effective 18 years in prison.

The CCTV footage and phone and text records led South African police to believe they had enough evidence to prosecute Dewani, the Sun said.

A "police source" told the British tabloid: "Tongo's claim he was given money by Dewani after Anni's death is backed up in full colour on video.

Cash paid after murder

"CCTV footage shows them meeting in a restaurant area of a hotel and Shrien Dewani hands money to the driver."

According to the source, this happened days after Anni Dewani's body was found, when Dewani was staying at the Cape Grace Hotel, being comforted by relatives.

The Sun, however, pointed out that it was unclear why he was handing over the money, and he could simply have been paying a fare.

Dewani handed himself over to British authorities late on Tuesday night and was arrested. He appeared in a London court on Wednesday, where bail was denied. He is expected to appear in court again on Thursday.

Anni Dewani's sister, Ami, told the Sun: "I don't know what to believe."