Tongo statement questioned again - as it happened

2014-11-03 15:00

Zola Tongo is expected to return to court for a sixth day on the stand as his cross-examination is set to continue in court as Shrien Dewani's murder trial ends it's 13th day in court.

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03 Nov 15:00
Tongo's is expected to return to court on Tuesday for his sixth day of cross-examination.

03 Nov 14:58
Court adjourns until 10:00 tomorrow.

03 Nov 14:58
Tongo says he made his statement in 2010 in the presence of police Colonel Barkhuizen and his attorney William Da Grass.

03 Nov 14:57

03 Nov 14:57

Tongo says things happened in the manner in which he said.

The judge asks Tongo if what he is saying in court is correct and not what is in the statement.


03 Nov 14:55
Tongo: I can see there is a difference but things happened in the manner I am saying now.

03 Nov 14:55
Tongo: I'm going to repeat that some of the things I said here, I only recalled afterwards.

03 Nov 14:54
Van Zyl: In your police statement, you said lady went in, Dewani turned to me, asked me what's happening.Why do we have these differences, can you explain that?

03 Nov 14:53

Van Zyl: You said he softly inquired what happened and you explained, right?

Tongo:Yes.


03 Nov 14:52

Tongo said he tried to convey everything he received from young men to Dewani and vice versa.

Tongo: It's impossible to say who said what.


03 Nov 14:49
Van Zyl: You either told accused you would phone and find out what happened, or as you testified that you had already spoken to them.

03 Nov 14:47
Van Zyl continues to point out discrepancies in Tongo's affidavit.

03 Nov 14:46

03 Nov 14:46
Van Zyl: What is right, what you have testified in chief or what you said in your statement?

03 Nov 14:45
Tongo denies it.

03 Nov 14:45

03 Nov 14:45

Traverso tells Tongo: Don't pass comments. Answer the questions.

Tongo had commented to Van Zyl "thanks for saying I'm clever".


03 Nov 14:43

03 Nov 14:42
Tongo: Things that were said in his affidavit at the time, happened when I was in a "critical condition".

03 Nov 14:40
Tongo says reference in his affidavit to Dewani threatening to kill him is incorrect.

03 Nov 14:38
Tongo says the hitmen said they would wait for him and the couple in Gugulethu.

03 Nov 14:35

03 Nov 14:35
Tongo says Dewani wanted to know why the "thing they decided on didn't happen". He told Dewani he would get in touch with the hit men and find out.

03 Nov 14:34

Van Zyl asks about Strand.

Tongo: He and accused walked in front, business partner a little distance behind.


03 Nov 14:33
Tongo says it is up to Dewani him if he says it didn't happen.

03 Nov 14:32
Van Zyl: The accused will say this big eye thing didn't happen.

03 Nov 14:32
Dewani seems to react to every movement in court. He looks up, then down, then around him.

03 Nov 14:31
Van Zyl says what he understood from Qwabe's evidence is that its not going to happen, it would happen another time.

03 Nov 14:30
Van Zyl: Qwabe told this court a different story,he said they struggled to get transport,you phoned him you had already left Gugs.

03 Nov 14:25

03 Nov 14:25
Van Zyl: You were clear in your evidence in chief, you said before you rejoined the N2, accused sent you a text asking what's happening.

03 Nov 14:24
Tongo again disputes records concerning communications between him and Dewani.

03 Nov 14:24
Tongo: It's possible that I can be mistaken, could be mistaken about when communication took place.

03 Nov 14:23
Van Zyl says experts on both sides agree there were no calls or texts between you and accused between Gugs and Strand.

03 Nov 14:22

03 Nov 14:14

03 Nov 14:14
Tongo remembers Dewani asking him what happened.

03 Nov 14:13

Van Zyl: It's common cause that such an SMS does not exist. You maintain there was one?

Tongo: There was communication.


03 Nov 14:11

03 Nov 14:11

Tongo insists that there was communication between him and Dewani.

Tongo: The fact that it doesn't appear on the record, I don't know.


03 Nov 14:10
Van Zyl says they couldn't find a single SMS to Tongo, before the arrived in Strand, after leaving the Cape Grace Hotel.

03 Nov 14:08

Murder convicted shuttle taxi driver Zola Tongo was not worried about what would happen to his minibus in the hijacking in which Anni Dewani was killed, he told the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

He said the hitmen who planned to kill Shrien Dewani's wife had agreed his VW Sharan would be abandoned in Gugulethu on 13 November 2010. Tongo, 34, was being cross-examined during Dewani's trial. Dewani denies masterminding the murder of his wife, insisting they were the victims of a hijacking.

Francois van Zyl, for Dewani, asked Tongo whether he arranged for his keys to be kept, or for the car to be locked, especially as it was a dangerous area. Tongo said he could not remember such arrangements being made.

Van Zyl drove home the point that Tongo was using his car to make a living. He asked how much income he received at the time from transporting people.

"It all depended on the work. If I am estimating correctly, if it was a busy month, I would make R30 000 to R40 000," Tongo replied. - Sapa


03 Nov 14:06

Tongo:I also called Qwabe.

Tongo is not sure whether it was before or after contacting Monde.


03 Nov 14:06
Tongo says he tried to get in touch with Monde while travelling to Strand.

03 Nov 14:05

Van Zyl: What did you discuss?

Tongo: I wanted to know why they didn't fulfil our agreement.


03 Nov 14:04
Tongo: I told Monde that the men did not show up. Asked where they were. He said he did not know and would find out.

03 Nov 14:03
Tongo: I contacted Monde to tell him that the men were not at the agreed place.

03 Nov 14:03
Tongo says he had a meeting with the hitmen that afternoon to discuss the meeting place.

03 Nov 14:03
Tongo back on the stand says when he got to Gugulethu he was surprised that Qwabe and Mngeni were not there as agreed.

03 Nov 12:59
The court adjourns for lunch.

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