AS IT HAPPENED: Dewani judge tells witness to calm down

2014-11-10 14:30

The trial of British businessman Shrien Dewani, accused of murdering his wife Anni, continues in the Western Cape High Court. Get the live updates here.


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10 Nov 15:58
That's it for today, folks. Thanks for staying with the live updates. We'll be back at 10:00 tomorrow morning.

10 Nov 15:57
Court adjourns.

10 Nov 15:56

In re-examination the State's Riley asks Mbolombo about meeting Qwabe at police station, what was repeated in English?

MM: Said I must tell truth as it is.

10 Nov 15:54

Judge to MM: Tongo, Qwabe went to great lengths to minimise your role, just a link. Why?

MM: I don't know.

10 Nov 15:51
Cross-examination of Mbolombo is now over.

10 Nov 15:51

FvZ: Were you aware Qwabe's nickname was Spra?

MM: No, found out when incident took place, when police taking statements.

10 Nov 15:49
MM: The 3 of us (Tongo, Qwabe & I) know who was involved in this and it's Mr Shrien Dewani, who is sitting there.

10 Nov 15:47

FvZ: Mr Dewani will tell court he not involved in any conspiracy to kill his wife.

M: Mr Dewani is lying, he knows everything.

10 Nov 15:46
FvZ: Tongo heard of rich couple, rushed off to you, you happy to play along - work in tourist industry - easy to arrange this.

10 Nov 15:45

VZ: We have information that the idea between you was to take woman for ransom.

MM: Not like that at all.

10 Nov 15:45

FvZ: You got indemnity from previous court on the back of a lot of lies you told that court. With you, don't know where lies stop.

MM: Like I said, today I am here to tell the truth as it is, I admit there were omissions in statement, everything now the truth.

10 Nov 15:43
FvZ: You lied in your first statements, you were lucky enough not to be prosecuted. Used as a State witness. If you'd told investigating officers you were really in charge, would you still have been State witness? MM: Don't know.

10 Nov 15:40
FvZ: Was there not another agenda, a completely different plan with this lady, that would lead to money in all your pockets?

10 Nov 15:40

FvZ: Woman not taken into the bush, Qwabe says she shot in car. Do you not find that strange?

MM: Don't know what happened.

10 Nov 15:39
FvZ: Strange that Tongo arranges things with Qwabe, but when it comes to it, you take control of situation?

10 Nov 15:39
MM says Tongo came to him on Friday. Agrees he found it strange. First person he called was Qwabe, no idea if he'd do it. All for R5000.

10 Nov 15:37
FvZ: Next thing Tongo, Qwabe organise killing of a woman. Don't you find it strange that Tongo would approach you?

10 Nov 15:35

FvZ: You weren't involved in criminal activities, but quickly on phone to Qwabe to find someone.

MM: That's correct.

10 Nov 15:35

FvZ: There's a lot more behind what happened here than what you are disclosing to this court. Much deeper involved.

MM: No answer

10 Nov 15:34
FvZ: How did you go from Tongo approaching you & you phoning Qwabe to carry out job, to being in control of the situation?

10 Nov 15:14
MM: Not everything in the first statement was the truth. Told Qwabe he must speak English.

10 Nov 15:14

FvZ asks if Mbolombo had chance to talk to Qwabe, in Xhosa, discuss what to say to police.

He told me what to say, says MM

10 Nov 15:10

FvZ: Did you discuss with the others putting the blame on Mr Dewani?

MM: No, we never discussed that.

10 Nov 15:04
Confusion in court at the moment.

10 Nov 15:02
MM: Not sure if Tongo still in their company when they found the money was short.

10 Nov 15:00
"The other guy was so cross he almost shot Zola"- is that correct, asks VZ? Means he still with Qwabe, Mngeni at time.

10 Nov 14:59
MM says Qwabe told him the job was done but the money was R5 000 short, and he must follow up with Tongo.

10 Nov 14:56
MM says he found out on the Sunday that they had killed Anni.

10 Nov 14:52
Oh boy. It's going to be a while still, isn't it?

10 Nov 14:50
MM: Arrested at Ilitha Park at 4am. Since I didn't know that address, used brother's address, Mnama Street in Khayelitsha.

10 Nov 14:47
Judge to Mbolombo: Calm down, you're confusing everyone, answer the question please.

10 Nov 14:46

Judge: Why did you tell police that is where you lived?

MM: I don't know Ilitha Park address, gave Mnama St Khayelitsha address

10 Nov 14:46
MM switches to English and tells the court at the time, he was staying at different place to the address he gave.

10 Nov 14:39

FvZ: Were you curious to find out if woman murdered?

MM: Yes, of course I was. But not on the Saturday night.

10 Nov 14:39
FvZ points out that MM told the court he was in charge. He asks MM if anyone let him know if it had been done on the Saturday.

10 Nov 14:37

FvZ: Did you try and find out if the lady was killed?

MM says he tried to find out on the Sunday morning.

10 Nov 14:35
Judge asks MM about call from Tongo he says was important, does he accept there's no record of call? Yes, he admits.

10 Nov 14:33

FvZ: You were very much in control.

MM: Yes.

FvZ: All this for R5k and you didn't even know you'd be paid. Really?

10 Nov 14:33
FvZ going over Mbolombo's calls with Qwabe, what they talked about, says it's 'untrue versions' of what was said.

10 Nov 14:31

There is no record of his call with ZT, when Tongo said he is in the restaurant with the couple. MM doesn't have explanation for this.

FvZ: We know he wasn't in the restaurant with them.

10 Nov 14:26

10 Nov 14:26
Van Zyl says MM knew on Saturday afternoon that the car would be hijacked, woman taken & killed & that the car should be washed, tweets Leigh-Anne Jansen.

10 Nov 14:18
FvZ: In any case, we've already covered this ground, and I put it to you that he (Tongo) was never sitting at table with couple

10 Nov 14:13
FvZ again going through a timeline of the calls that were made.

10 Nov 14:10
MM is being grilled on the calls between him and Qwabe, and his leading role in the hijacking plans.

10 Nov 14:07

10 Nov 14:07
FvZ suggests that by looking at the phone calls made it looks like MM was in charge of a lot of what happened that night.

10 Nov 14:06

10 Nov 14:05
FvZ still going over the phone calls made on the Saturday.

10 Nov 14:03
Judge tells MM he must assist the court in coming to a finding by telling the court if he took instruction from Tong.

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