Mbolombo was to 'control' kill plan

2014-11-07 21:02
Shrien Dewani in the Western Cape High Court. (Mike Hutchings, AFP)

Shrien Dewani in the Western Cape High Court. (Mike Hutchings, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - Hotel receptionist Monde Mbolombo decided to co-ordinate the plan to kill honeymooner Anni Hindochi despite not having many details, the Western Cape High Court heard on Friday.

The State's 14th witness said during cross-examination that despite not being told what his role would be, he took up the "burden" of making sure things went according to plan.

He had intended to attend a planning meeting with his accomplices on 13 November 2010, because he was "curious" about the details, but had to work instead.

In phone calls to his accomplices Zola Tongo and Mziwamadoda Qwabe after the meeting, they did not tell him how Anni was to be killed or the time she and her husband Shrien would be hijacked.

He told Francois van Zyl, for Dewani, that all he knew was that Tongo was going to be let out of his car and the couple driven to an unknown location in Khayelitsha.

Van Zyl replied that it was strange he should know so little and yet be responsible for executing the plan.

"Let me just say then I was not in charge. It [this role] didn't come from anyone. It is just something that came from me and I wanted to do it from my side," Mbolombo told the court.

Dewani is on trial for allegedly plotting with Tongo and others to kill Anni while they were on honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges including kidnapping, murder, and defeating the ends of justice.

He claims the couple was hijacked while Tongo was driving them through Gugulethu in his minibus on Saturday, 13 November.

He was released unharmed, but Anni was driven away. She was found shot dead in the abandoned minibus in Khayelitsha the next morning.

Staged hijacking

The State alleges Dewani paid R15 000 to have the hijacking staged. He maintains Tongo helped him organise a surprise helicopter trip for Anni for R15 000.

Tongo is serving an 18-year jail term and Qwabe a 25-year jail term.

Xolile Mngeni was serving life in jail for firing the shot that killed Anni, but died in prison from a brain tumour on 18 October.

Mbolombo was warned at the beginning of his testimony that the court had yet to decide whether he would be granted immunity from prosecution on five criminal charges.

He told the court this week that he had lied in his previous statements to police and while testifying in Mngeni's trial.

His testimony in Dewani's trial was meant to be the truth and to "put everything on the table" about his involvement.

Van Zyl said on Friday that Mbolombo had said something almost identical during Mngeni's trial, even using the same phrase.

He replied that this may be so, but he was now telling the court what really happened.

Read more on:    anni hindocha  |  shrien dewani  |  cape town  |  crime  |  dewani trial

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.