AS IT HAPPENED: Dewani trial - Defence pokes holes in Tongo's evidence

2014-10-29 13:30

Get the highlights from the 11th day of Shrien Dewani's murder trial where the defence poked holes in the evidence of key State witness Zola Tongo.

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29 Oct 16:10
And that's it for updates. Until tomorrow...

29 Oct 16:05

29 Oct 16:02

29 Oct 15:54

29 Oct 15:52
Court adjourns, Tongo's cross-examination will continue tomorrow.

29 Oct 15:50
VZ: When did you find out Qwabe's nickname is Sprau? Didn't he introduce himself to you as that? ZT: Didn't take it in.

29 Oct 15:48
VZ: Qwabe testified they were never offered dollars for this job. ZT: SD wanted to pay in dollars, they said no.

29 Oct 15:47
ZT says he took SD to exchange money but did not see the actual transaction as he was standing in a side room.

29 Oct 15:46
VZ: SD will tell court he withdrew 7 000 pounds for holiday money. He had no dollars on him. Can you explain/comment?

29 Oct 15:45
Judge asks for clarity on SD's money exchange - he wanted a better rate, more money for his dollars. (but he had pounds?)

29 Oct 15:41
ZT says he assumed SD wouldn't go to bank and show his passport. VZ then reads out his statement, saying just that.

29 Oct 15:40
Taking a sip of water, ZT says he can't recall when he was offered R5 000 for his part- says it's hard to remember everything.

29 Oct 15:29
ow we turn to payment, and request that it be paid in dollars. VZ: Why quote in rands and pay in dollars?

29 Oct 15:25

VZ: Another mistake (in statement). Why are you running away from the fact that it was his wife in the car?

ZT: I didn't know it was his wife.


29 Oct 15:20
ZT can't seem to recall finer details of what he sad in his statement to police, and his evidence.

29 Oct 15:14

VZ reads further ZT statement - says client needed to be killed. Why this, you said business partner? ZT: a mistake.

ZT expected to transport SD and business partner, not wife, to dinner that night.


29 Oct 15:10
Sounds as if the defence is really calling into question the State's most important witness. Where to from here for them?

29 Oct 15:07
VZ now reads from ZT's statement saying person to be killed arriving that evening. Can you explain that? ZT - That is a mistake

29 Oct 15:02

ZT: SD mentioned he wanted business partner killed, can't recall if he said person arriving next day.

But didn't Tongo tell the State earlier this week that SD told him the business partner he wanted killed would arrive a day after him?


29 Oct 15:00
Judge: Why did you contact Monde, was he involved in these type of crimes? ZT: He knows most things happening in location.

29 Oct 14:59
SD has passed a note to his lawyer as ZT is being cross-examined.

29 Oct 14:55
ZT: Price of R15 000, with R5 000 for him discussed, Payment in dollars requested. This conversation took place in car.

29 Oct 14:53
Questioning moves from mistake in Tongo's statement to what was asked - to take someone (a woman) out of sight.

29 Oct 14:51
VZ: Did you know if the business partner was a male or a female person? ZT: The gentleman told me it was a female person.

29 Oct 14:48
Traverso: Mr Tongo, please answer the questions. Mr. Van Zyl is trying to ask you. Don't argue with him.

29 Oct 14:47
There is a mistake, ZT admits. Anyone can make a mistake.

29 Oct 14:45
VZ: This an extraordinary request, a crucial part of your evidence, why the differences? ZT: Discussed job in vehicle

29 Oct 14:43
VZ reads out ZT's statement - all accused told you was that he has a job for you. In evidence, says a lot more.

29 Oct 14:39
VZ picks up that ZT's statement, evidence in chief 'entirely different' - relating to SD telling him he had a job.

29 Oct 14:38

ZT thought SD was going to speak about tours. Only after returning to car did he learn job involved killing of person.

Seems VZ is trying to show ZT spoke to Monde before he knew job involved a killing - could be a big blow to State.


29 Oct 14:34
VZ - by time SD left to check in, all you were told is he has a job for you - had no idea what kind of job it was?

29 Oct 14:33
After business card handed over, ZT can't recall getting 2 calls from same number. VZ asks him about landline number.

29 Oct 14:31

ZT further explains: SD went inside, told me to wait 10 minutes. Gave him business card. Proposition after card handed over.

Tongo is the State's key witness so if the defence pokes holes in his evidence, the State is going to have a real uphill battle getting this trial in their favour again...


29 Oct 14:28
ZT rehashes what happened at hotel: got paid R300 including tip, SD said he had a business proposal. Smiled, hunger was over, he had a job...

29 Oct 14:27
VZ: Did you tell police about these promises made to you? ZT: Yes. VZ: It was important, why was it not in your statement?

29 Oct 14:25
ZT concurs his new business was important, that's why he was prepared to assist in this request.

29 Oct 14:23
VZ to ZT: Why did you say no, you were not involved in such things. ZT: He promised me client referrals

29 Oct 14:21
Did you know where to find somebody prepared to kill someone else? ZT: No. But said I would enquire.

29 Oct 14:21

VZ: You, yourself have no criminal record and not involved in criminality at all, apart from traffic offences.

ZT says he didn't have any serious case against him but was arrested at some stage.

VZ: Yes, but you're not involved ion criminality. Tongo: correct.


29 Oct 14:18
According to you, this gentleman you've never met asked you to assist in having someone killed. That correct? - VZ

29 Oct 14:18
As court resumes, Tongo (ZT) is asked how long it took to get from airport to hotel, was he neatly dressed, car clean? Yes.

29 Oct 12:41
Court adjourns, cross-examination of Tongo will continue after lunch, with defence trying to poke holes in his testimony.

29 Oct 12:40
VZ: And you never thought they were rich? ZT: I never thought about that.

29 Oct 12:40
VZ: Did you notice luggage, fact they staying in one of most expensive hotels in Cape Town? ZT: Didn't think about that.

29 Oct 12:39
VZ: Lot more discussed in car than what you telling us - honeymoon, what they can do in Cape Town. ZT: The honeymoon was not mentioned.

29 Oct 12:38

VZ: I put it to you that there was quite a discussion in car, they said they were from UK, you were surprised, thought they Indian.


29 Oct 12:36
ZT says he only realised on Sunday morning that person who complained about food in Strand was one he picked up at airport.

29 Oct 12:36
VZ surprised ZT didn't know Dewanis were on honeymoon. Zt repeats that Anni, on Friday and Saturday looked like different people.

29 Oct 12:33

VZ: But she had a bubbly personality, did she not speak more? ZT: No, it was quiet in car.

Judge: What did she ask about in Langa? Tongo: Why are squatters next to a stream?


29 Oct 12:31

ZT: While in car, explained about places surrounding us. Told them he was available should they need his services.

He says further: Lady (Anni) only spoke to me 3 times: at airport; about squatter camps when passing Langa; and after eating in Strand

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