Method of killing Anni never discussed

2012-08-29 15:31
Mziwamadoda Qwabe (Schalk van Zuydam, AP)

Mziwamadoda Qwabe (Schalk van Zuydam, AP)

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

Cape Town - Anni Dewani's killers never discussed how she would be murdered, the Western Cape High Court heard on Wednesday.

Convicted killer Mziwamadoda Qwabe testified that a discussion between himself, shuttle driver Zola Tongo and the man on trial, Xolile Mngeni, only involved a set-up for a faked hijacking in Gugulethu on 13 November 2010.

"Zola told us the husband wants his wife to be killed, but we did not plan exactly as to how she would be killed. It would look like a hijacking," he said.

Tongo told them the route he would be taking, and that both Anni and her husband Shrien would be in the back.

Qwabe said Tongo told them no one else was to be harmed, although it was not specifically discussed what they would do with the husband.

Various State witnesses had alleged that Shrien masterminded a plan to have his wife killed while on their Cape Town honeymoon. He has repeatedly denied the allegations.

Qwabe revealed earlier in the week that the hijackers ordered Shrien out of the vehicle and told him to run to nearby houses, before the van drove off again with his wife still in the back.

Contradiction

Qwabe testified that both he and Mngeni had known his firearm would be used as the murder weapon.

Qalisile Dayimani, for Mngeni, asked whether they had discussed the firearm after the meeting, on the Saturday she was killed.

Qwabe said that although he could not remember exactly, there must have been such a discussion.

Dayimani said Qwabe's testimony contradicted a statement given by Tongo, as part of a plea agreement in which he was jailed for 18 years.

The lawyer said that in this plea document, Tongo said that although he was not present, he understood Dewani was shot as the men had planned.

Qwabe said he had testified what he could remember.

"This is what I recall from the conversation. Maybe I left some things out, but that is what we discussed," he said.

The trial on Wednesday was beset by a number of delays. A lengthy adjournment had to be taken to repair Qwabe's faulty portable microphone.

A while later, Judge Robert Henney called for an early lunch break to find a new courtroom.

He said the present courtroom had poor acoustics and Dayimani continued to speak softly, despite being told not to.

The trial would continue after lunch.
Read more on:    mziwamadoda qwabe  |  anni hindocha  |  xolile mngeni  |  shrien dewani  |  cape town  |  honeymoon hijacking

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.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

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
3 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

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

Hello 

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.

Settings

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.