Footage shows Dewani 'payment'

2012-03-26 15:30
Cape Town - A BBC programme will air CCTV footage this week purporting to show murder accused Shrien Dewani handing over a bag of money as payment to a taxi driver for the killing of Dewani’s bride, Anni.

Producers of the Panorama special, to be aired on the BBC on Thursday, claim the footage shows Dewani meeting Zola Tongo, the taxi driver jailed for 18 years for organising the hit on Anni, the Daily Mail reported.

They say the footage was recorded three days after Anni was shot dead in Cape Town.

In the footage, Dewani is shown talking to Anni’s father, Vinod Hindocha, after they had been to see Anni’s body at a morgue.

Cameras then show a man - Tongo - in a white cap, shirt and shorts, walking through the hotel’s front door empty-handed.

‘Trial by media’

Another man, identified by the BBC as Dewani, then walks towards the internet room carrying the plastic bag, closely followed by Tongo. Tongo emerges again, after one minute, with a bag-shaped object bulging under his shirt.

He then enters the toilets before leaving the hotel carrying the bag.

Last week, the National Prosecuting Authority told News24 that it was “are obviously concerned because the matter is pending before court and therefore sub judice”.

“The documentary will amount to trial by media," NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said.

Shrien and Anni Dewani were on honeymoon in South Africa in November 2010 when they were hijacked in Gugulethu by two armed men.

The security camera footage from the Cape Grace Hotel has been obtained by the BBC’s Panorama team as part of a programme investigating the murder.

The footage also shows Anni, then 28, and Dewani, now 32, kissing and embracing just three hours before Anni was in the hands of her killers.

Extradition

This comes some months after the Daily Mail obtained footage showing Dewani and Anni walking yards apart that same night.

Suggestions of distance between the newlyweds were bolstered by claims from Anni’s best friend and cousin, who said the bride had tried to call off the wedding after throwing her engagement ring at Dewani during an argument.

Last year Home Secretary Theresa May rubber-stamped his extradition order after a campaign by Anni’s bereaved family, who demanded Dewani stand trial in SA.

He has appealed against the decision to the High Court.
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