NPA: Plea strengthens case against Dewani

2012-08-08 22:00
Shrien Dewani (File, AFP)

Shrien Dewani (File, AFP)

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

Cape Town - The plea agreement of a man who killed honeymooner Anni Dewani will strengthen the case against her husband and a co-accused, the NPA said on Wednesday.

"We are very happy and satisfied with the agreement because the agreement gives us new information on what happened on that night when Anni Dewani was killed," Western Cape National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said.

"It confirms that [her husband] Shrien Dewani was part of the plan... it also tells us Xolile Mngeni was the one who did the shooting."

He said the agreement was a positive step towards ensuring justice for the slain bride, her family and friends.

On Wednesday, Mziwamadoda Qwabe pleaded guilty to four counts in the Western Cape High Court and was jailed for 25 years.

Judge John Hlophe imposed 15 years' imprisonment for robbery with aggravating circumstances, five years each for kidnapping and illegal possession of a firearm, and 25 years for murder.

He said the robbery, kidnapping and firearm terms would run concurrently with the murder sentence.

Dewani, 28, was shot in an apparent car hijacking while on honeymoon with her husband Shrien in Cape Town in November 2010.

The plea agreement offered insight into the apparent sequence of events that fateful night and implicated Shrien Dewani as the conspirator of a contract killing.

Qwabe alleged that he was contacted on 12 November by a man named Monde, who said he needed a "job" done.

Zola Tonga, who was jailed for 18 years as part of a plea bargain, allegedly co-ordinated the job on Monde's behalf.

Qwabe alleged that he and Mngeni agreed to the job in exchange for R15 000, which would be left in the cubby-hole of the vehicle.

"The agreement was that Zola and the husband would be unharmed and that the deceased would be kidnapped, robbed and killed," he said in the plea agreement.

"The kidnapping and robbery were part of the plan to make it appear that this was a random criminal act, unconnected to Zola or the husband."

He admitted assaulting her with a firearm to force her into submission, and robbing her of a Giorgio Armani watch, a gold and diamond bracelet, a handbag and her cellphone. Her possessions were worth about R90 000.

He further pleaded guilty to driving Dewani to Ilitha Park, in Khayelitsha, where Mngeni shot her in the neck from the front passenger seat.

Shrien Dewani has repeatedly denied the allegations against him. He is being treated in the UK for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

At the end of July, his lawyer Claire Montgomery told the Westminster Magistrate's Court that keeping her client under medical treatment in the UK for 12 months would speed up his recovery, rather than jeopardise it by sending him to South Africa.

The British Press Association reported that the hearing was adjourned to 18 September for a psychiatrist to examine Dewani and give the court more information about his condition.

Only then would a decision be made on whether he was fit to stand trial in Cape Town.

Ntabazalila said Mngeni would appear in court on Monday for a pre-trial conference.

His trial could start the same day, depending on the results of a medical report to be revealed in court.

Mngeni was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour and his lawyer had questioned his ability to concentrate during proceedings.

Read more on:    mziwamadoda qwabe  |  anni hindocha  |  xolile mngeni  |  zola tonga  |  shrien dewani  |  cape town  |  honeymoon hijacking

Join the conversation! 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 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

Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.

Behind the sparkle

Alluring, beautiful and timeless - diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the world and are a true testament of everlasting brilliance. Let us take you behind the sparkle to show you the history behind this coveted jewel.


Play with your pet when you're not at home

Many pets are alone at home during the week while their owners are at work. So what do these animals get up to while they’re home alone?



How to get rid of fleas
12 Cool cat facts
Chocolate can be fatal for dogs
Spider-man star's adorable relationship with his dog
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 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.