No 'credible evidence' implicating Dewani - as it happened

2014-11-24 14:20

Get the latest updates as Shrien Dewani returns to court for the 23rd day of his trial. He will hear soon if the Western Cape High Court will acquit him of the charge of murdering Anni Hindocha.

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24 Nov 15:40
Court adjourns for the day.

24 Nov 15:40
The defence concludes. Prosecution will argue its case tomorrow.

24 Nov 15:38
VZ: In conclusion there is no credible evidence on record implicating the accused...

24 Nov 15:38
VZ says the prize for lying in court "must go to Mr Mbolombo".

24 Nov 15:35
VZ: Qwabe is an untruthful witness and his evidence is wholly unreliable.

24 Nov 15:33
Traverso: What concerns me about this conspiracy is that we have a very clear agreement as to how much money was going to be.

24 Nov 15:29
VZ: Qwabe's evidence that Mngeni shot Anni is a lie, it has been objectively demonstrated.

24 Nov 15:27
VZ: Where do the lies end and where does the truth begin?

24 Nov 15:23
VZ: What we are saying is that Qwabe's evidence that Mngeni shot, is a lie. All the evidence points to it.

24 Nov 15:21
VZ - Objective fact: Mngeni could not have shot deceased as Qwabe said he did

24 Nov 15:19
VZ: We had primer residue on the left hand glove. We heard evidence that that is where they normally look for residue.

24 Nov 15:18
VZ: Qwabe testified that Mngeni shot the deceased while he was sitting in left front passenger seat.

24 Nov 15:14
VZ:... Qwabe under cross examination reiterated that MM had nothing to do with the events... MM only a link.

24 Nov 15:08
VZ: At outset, Qwabe proved to be an unreliable witness.

24 Nov 15:03
VZ: Mbolombo said there were '5 of us' in this - there's something more to this case than what court has heard.

24 Nov 15:01
VZ: Complete stranger arriving in SA, asking reputable shuttle driver to find someone for him to carry out murder? Improbable.

24 Nov 15:00

VZ: Cherry on the top; instruction from Mbolombo to Qwabe saying that thing we spoke about must happen.

Judge Traverso: What's still not clear to me: Why did Tongo go right to Mbolombo for this job? Just because he's from the township?


24 Nov 14:51
Van Zyl: Tongo, Mbolombo contradict each other.

24 Nov 14:44

VZ: Tongo testified he found only R1k in envelope, not R5k as he expected, scared to tell police. "Nonsensical answer", says VZ.

VZ: clearly we are dealing with a witness who can twist (the story) to suit him.


24 Nov 14:38
Judge: Also evidence Dewani was told there were cameras, looks up, moves out of sight. VZ: But he walked right back into shot.

24 Nov 14:34
VZ: Surely, if there was a discussion with Dewani, about whether job was done, you would expect he would tell Colonel Barkhuizen.

24 Nov 14:31
VZ deals with (CCTV footage) discussion between Tongo and Dewani on terrace of the Cape Grace Hotel.

24 Nov 14:29
Traverso implies Mngeni was aware of the child locks of the rears doors being engaged..VZ, agrees, otherwise Mngeni would have said "open the door".

24 Nov 14:26
Lots of noise outside court, judge looks visibly irritated.

24 Nov 14:22
VZ mentions the driver's own evidence talks of the couple laughing then changed to smiling, minutes before 'hijack'.

24 Nov 14:19
VZ on pg 62 of 126 page heads of argument, so about half way through - unlikely to wrap up today

24 Nov 14:18
VZ:Tongo's affidavit flies in the face of his testimony that he didn't know it was the wife who had to be killed.

24 Nov 14:18
Proceedings have resumed. Defence lawyer Francois Van Zyl (VZ) now reading paragraph 104 now, regarding payment and who would pay whom.

24 Nov 12:53
Court adjourns for lunch.

24 Nov 12:53


24 Nov 12:52
Child locks engaged. VZ: This was a callous, calculated act perpetrated by Tongo

24 Nov 12:52
Judge: Money in car (R10k) not what was agreed upon (R15k).

24 Nov 12:41

24 Nov 12:35
VZ: Objective facts: Dewanis had made restaurant booking at 96 Winery Road, not Tongo's version of events.

24 Nov 12:32

24 Nov 12:29

24 Nov 12:27
VZ questions how Tongo could have agreed to his taxi being left abandoned - he needed it for his livelihood.

24 Nov 12:22

24 Nov 12:19
VZ: Question of money in cubbyhole important - Tongo said different things - explained that things only coming back later.

24 Nov 12:16
Judge: Why did accused shy away from saying person that needed to be killed was the wife, not business partner?

24 Nov 12:14
VZ: Tongo testified they discussed plot sitting in car after money exchange, CCTV shows Dewani got right out. Why confusion?

24 Nov 12:13
VZ says Tongo was much more than a "link man" in the killing.

24 Nov 12:08
VZ: Objective facts: CCTV of Dewanis on way to breakfast and pool - had forgotten money change trip with Tongo.

24 Nov 12:06
Judge queries the money exchange - VZ says police put it to money changer that she changed dollars, argues it was pounds.

24 Nov 12:03

Judge: Qwabe, Tongo and Mgeni never met the accused?

VZ: No.


24 Nov 12:00
Judge Traverso reprimands people in public gallery, asking them to be quiet - very important argument and hard to concentrate.

24 Nov 12:00
Qwabe's evidence is a complete contradiction to Tongo's - was meant to support Tongo's evidence but doesn't.

24 Nov 11:57
VZ: Monde testified that he had no idea on the Friday night who the person was to be killed. This contradicts Tongo's evidence that he told Monde Dewani wanted his business partner, arriving next day, killed.

24 Nov 11:51
VZ: Monde is very much involved in the events of that night. Different stories about how he'd get his R5 000 share

24 Nov 11:44
VZ deals with payment of Mbolombo. Tongo made no mention of payment, but on the stand he said young men would pay Mbolombo.

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