AS IT HAPPENED: Tongo - Dewani upset when hitmen didn't show

2014-10-27 14:25

Shrien Dewani appeared upset when the hitmen didn't show as originally planned, says taxi driver Zola Tongo.


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27 Oct 16:07
That's it for updates. Continue following News24 this evening for updates on Dewani's trial. But updates will be back tomorrow. Cheers.

27 Oct 16:07

27 Oct 16:04

27 Oct 15:57

Before adjourning, ZT told court: We drove, entered Somerset, drove along the sea. We went to a restaurant. I cannot remember the name. It was not Mr. Dewani's suggestion, it was mine. I could see that what we decided on, had not happened. SD looked at me with big eyes. Like he was upset.

So in other words, Dewani was upset when the hitmen didn't show as initially planned, says ZT.

27 Oct 15:55
Court has adjourned.

27 Oct 15:54
ZT: SD and lady asked if I'm allowed to speak on the phone while driving. I said sorry, said I took a chance.

27 Oct 15:53
ZT: A police vehicle passed. They pointed at me because I was on the phone while driving.

27 Oct 15:52
As I was driving on N2 towards Somerset, gentleman sent a text asking what was going on, says ZT.

27 Oct 15:51
ZT: I said I'm joining the N2 and going towards Somerset. He said he'd call me again.

27 Oct 15:49
ZT: I knew something is not okay, here. Before we joined the N2, the gentleman asked me over the telephone, what is happening. On joining the N2, I received a call from Mziwamadoda (Spra), saying they struggled with a car. I got to T-junction where I was supposed to meet accomplices, but cudnt see them. I suggested going to Somerset for dinner.

27 Oct 15:47
Tongo: They saw first hand the nightlife in township, with people partying and dancing in the street.

27 Oct 15:47
ZT: I said to them, we can proceed and have something to eat in Somerset West. A restaurant on the beach.

27 Oct 15:45
ZT: We drove on to see the night life and location night life. There was laughter in the car. Not like the beginning (when they first met and Anni didn't speak).

27 Oct 15:45
ZT: I opened the doors and apologised because I arrived after the arranged time. They got into the car. We left.

27 Oct 15:44
ZT: I parked the vehicle in front of the door. The gentleman (Dewani) came out with a lady. A beautiful one.

27 Oct 15:44
ZT: I went home, cleaned the motor vehicle. I set the child lock on the back doors. I sent a message that I am there.

27 Oct 15:42
ZT's knees shaking, too scared to ask friend to be involved in this incident.

27 Oct 15:41
ZT: I left. I took my girlfriend. We went home. Time was already against me.I received phone calls from the gentleman. I apologised. I said I am being delayed but I am coming. I called Tavuks to make a transfer for me. He said he's busy. I wanted him to pick up the gentleman and his wife to go to the place they wanted to go to. But that didn't happen.

27 Oct 15:39
Tongo: "They said they'd be able to do the job. We'd drive around in town, go to Gugulethu, pass Mzoli's.. they'd wait for me. One of them said he was going to look for his 'ntonga', which is a slang word for gun, in the township.

27 Oct 15:34
ZT: Spra spoke to him, asking if he remembers him (Qwabe) calling him (Mngeni) about a job. I said the gentleman wants his business partner to be killed. That business partner was going to arrive that day. He wants it to be a hijacking. They must drop me, then drop him, and kill her.

27 Oct 15:31
ZT: Spra said Monde had been in touch with him, but what was outstanding was to meet the person with whom we were going to work. I asked where the man stays. He said close by. We went there. We stopped the vehicle. The man got into the car. His name was Xolile.

27 Oct 15:30
ZT: I waited at Khaya Bazaar. He was delaying. I walked there. He called me, saying I must wait at the bus stop. I cannot remember the time. Spra arrived. He got into my vehicle. We introduced ourselves to each other. I said to him: "Sir, Monde has spoken to you." He said yes,but what's not been finalised is to meet the person...

27 Oct 15:28
Tongo: After dropping Monde off I was going to meet Spra. I ran a few errands before meeting with Spra in Khayelitsha.

27 Oct 15:27
Just to be clear, the Spra ZT is speaking about is Qwabe.

27 Oct 15:26
ZT: I ended up taking Monde to work. We were conversing in the car. I said he should tell the men that I'll come back. I dropped Monde, I came back, bypassed my home to see my mom. He wanted me to join them for a discussion, but I said I don't like those things. We parted ways.

27 Oct 15:25
ZT: I contacted Spra and his contact to finalise where and when we would meet for me to brief them on what the gentleman said.

27 Oct 15:21
ZT arranged pickup, SD asked which location busy a night, said Gugulethu.

27 Oct 15:19
Bit of confusion about 'wife' - translator clarifies Tongo didn't say 'his wife' or the wife, but mfazi (woman) - her mistake.

27 Oct 15:19
Tongo: He said he wants a car to be hijacked. To be robbed. For me and him to be dropped along the way and the woman to be killed.

27 Oct 15:18
ZT: On our arrival at the hotel SD and I discussed how the 'job' should be done. He said he wanted a car to be hijacked. They must be robbed.They must drop me along the way and drop him.

27 Oct 15:16
ZT: We spoke in the vehicle. One of the conversations we had was that he wanted to ensure the job was done.

27 Oct 15:14
The shop owner went to another shop to get extra money as they didn't have enough, says ZT. The shop owner went to another shop to get extra money as they didn't have enough.

27 Oct 15:14
ZT: One of the ladies responded, saying I will get my commission from the gentleman in whose company I am.

27 Oct 15:13
When SD's wife was in the shower, he hurried to go exchange money, says ZT. He heard one of the exchange employees say it was a lot of money being changed.

27 Oct 15:11
Tongo's testimony so far nothing really new - but sure defence team will try tear his version apart: he's a crucial witness. - Roy McKenzie tweets. 

27 Oct 15:10
ZT: I received a phone call as I arrived at the V & A Waterfront asking if I'd forgotten. I said I'm dropping a client and rushed to him. After just turning in at the Cape Grace, he came out the door.He said we should hurry as his wife's in the shower.

27 Oct 15:09
ZT says a date and time was arranged when we would go and exchange the dollars. The date was 13/11 and time was 11.

27 Oct 15:06
ZT: He asked if I'm aware if there's any place he can change Dollars.I said, there's one where I normally change mine. I can't remember the name but I know where it is. In town (the CBD).

27 Oct 15:04
ZT: There was a discussion with Mr Dewani. On Friday evening. He wanted to make sure whether I found the people we were talking about.

27 Oct 15:02
ZT: That was the only conversation with Spra, that evening. I had further discussions with Monde. Not sure how many.

27 Oct 15:01
ZT: I called later and he (Monde) said everything was going according to plan. I learnt that his nickname was 'Spra'

27 Oct 14:59
ZT: I forgot to mention..while Monde and I were outside, I took the particulars of the person he was on the phone with. I phoned that person later to find out how things are going. he said everything is going fine.

27 Oct 14:57
ZT and Monde seemed to do a lot of joking as they were organising this 'job', points out News24's Roy McKenzie.

27 Oct 14:56
Tongo: Monde explained to the young man exactly how Shrien explained to him (Tongo). And that the job was going to pay R15.

27 Oct 14:51

ZT says he told Monde there was somebody who was to arrive the following day and this person wanted them 'taken out of sight'.

ZT: He says he knows of a young man & will call him to explain the job

27 Oct 14:43
ZT says SD had his number, and he had his. We discussed in detail about payments, if and when he finds the people for the job.

27 Oct 14:41

SD said he wanted someone killed. A business partner. A woman. He said she would be arriving in Cape Town the following day. - ZT

Dewani is said to be getting fidgety again, scribbling away in court.

27 Oct 14:36
ZT says Dewani (SD) told him he had a job for him. He told ZT to wait in the parking lot of the hotel. The gentleman came back. It wasn't even 10 minutes later. He got into the car. He said there is a job that could grow my business. He said my business will grow because he is from overseas and can refer others to me. I was happy.

27 Oct 14:27
ZT: The husband was the one asking the questions. The lady was quiet.

27 Oct 14:26
ZT says he also told them about Groote Schuur hospital and other sights on their route.

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