Key points of Tongo's testimony in Dewani trial

2014-10-28 19:20
Shrien Dewani in court. (AP)

Shrien Dewani in court. (AP)

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Cape Town - Shuttle taxi driver Zola Tongo, who is serving an 18-year sentence for his role in the killing of Swedish honeymooner Anni Hindocha in Cape Town in November 2010, resumed his testimony in the Shrien Dewani murder trial in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.

Here are the key points of his testimony:

- Tongo met Dewani and his bride at Cape Town International Airport, and transported them to the Cape Grace Hotel

- CCTV footage shows his taxi arriving at the Cape Grace on 12 November 2010. Dewani later exits the hotel and sits in Tongo's vehicle for about 10 minutes.

- Tongo said Dewani told him he wanted "a job" done - to have his "business partner" (a woman) killed.

- They discussed a fee of R15 000, with R5 000 for Tongo.

- Tongo visited his friend Monde Mbolombo, who arranged the two hitmen. They discussed the plan of action.

- Tongo admitted he thought Anni was two different people - she was dressed casually when she arrived at the airport on the Friday, but smartly when he fetched the couple at the hotel on Saturday evening.

- After a failed rendezvous with the hitmen that night, he took the Dewanis to dinner and drove back to Gugulethu. Dewani was anxious that the plan was still on track. Tonga's "knees were shaking".

- The R15 000 payment was meant to be left in the cubby-hole, but was in the pocket behind the front seat.

- Tongo saw the hitmen at the agreed-upon meeting place in Gugulethu.

- One jumped on bonnet, the other jumped in vehicle, both pointing guns. Tongo was forced into the back, next to the couple.

- They all handed over their phones, wallets and other valuables.

- Tongo: The lady was crying, Dewani was trying to console her.

- As arranged, he was let out of the vehicle, and Dewani was later also ordered out.

- Tongo asked a man for help and went to police where he explained what happened. He signed a document, which he admits was a lie.

- A detective took him to the Cape Grace Hotel where they saw other police officers who had arrived with Dewani - who asked Tongo if he was okay.

- A police officer took Tongo outside and urged him not to play games with them, as he knew what had happened. They argued.

- Tongo remained at the hotel until the next day. Dewani occasionally came to ask if he was all right. CCTV footage shows Dewani speaking to Tongo who was seated on a sofa.

- Tongo: Dewani wanted to know if job had been done.

- Tongo was later taken to police station, and to the hijack scene to explain it to police.

- Journalists tried to make contact with Tongo but he was not interested.

- Dewani later contacted him and he arranged to collect his payment. Dewani told him to go into the hotel as the media were waiting outside.

- CCTV footage shows Dewani walking inside with a package, and Tongo later walking out of hotel with a package.

- Tongo claims Dewani only paid him R1 000, not R5 000 as agreed upon.

- Tongo met police again, gave another false statement.

- He was scared and later got a lawyer. He handed himself in on 20 November 2010.

- "I decided to tell the police the truth about everything that happened, knew the truth will ultimately come out."

- He entered into a plea and sentence agreement and was jailed for 18 years.

- His testimony will resume on Wednesday.

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

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