Qwabe cannot explain discrepancies

2014-10-09 13:51
Mziwamadoda Qwabe (File: AFP)

Mziwamadoda Qwabe (File: AFP)

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Cape Town - Convicted killer Mziwamadoda Qwabe could on Thursday not explain discrepancies in his plea agreement and various affidavits regarding the murder of honeymooner Anni Dewani.

Francois van Zyl was cross-examining Qwabe during his client Shrien Dewani's trial for the murder of his wife.

The State alleges Dewani masterminded the plot with hotel receptionist Monde Mbolombo, shuttle bus taxi driver Zola Tongo, Qwabe, and Xolile Mngeni.

Qwabe is serving 25 years for his role in the murder. Mngeni is serving life for pulling the trigger of the gun, while Tongo is serving 18 years in jail.

Mbolombo was a State witness during Mngeni's trial, at the end of which he was granted immunity from prosecution.

Anni was shot dead in an apparent hijacking on 13 November 2010, during her honeymoon with Dewani in Cape Town.

Dewani has pleaded not guilty to murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, conspiracy to commit these crimes, and defeating the ends of justice.

Van Zyl handed up Tongo's and Mbolombo's affidavits, as well as Qwabe's plea agreement and his initial affidavit to police.

Tongo said in his affidavit he heard Mbolombo speaking to Qwabe over the phone to find a hitman, and that he did not speak to Qwabe directly at that stage.

The conversation was about a job that needed to be done and that a man was willing to pay dollars.

About the same event, Mbolombo said in his affidavit that he told Qwabe over the phone that Tongo wanted to speak to him. He said he then handed the hotel phone to Tongo.

Van Zyl wanted to know which version was true. He asked Qwabe whether he spoke directly to Tongo or not in that first telephone call.

"As I have said, I am not sure. The first time I spoke to Monde and the second time I spoke to Tongo," he replied.

Van Zyl asked if he could recall being told he would be paid in dollars.

Qwabe replied he did not hear that.

Van Zyl then read Qwabe's plea agreement, according to which he contacted Mngeni and told him someone wanted a job to be done.

The lawyer wanted to know why Qwabe said he "contacted" Mngeni if they were sitting next to each other.

Qwabe said it might have been a mistake with the wording.

"I must put it to you that this means nothing other than conveying that you contacted him and that he was not with you," Van Zyl said.

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

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