SMS clues form part of Dewani trial

2014-05-18 08:25
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - British murder suspect Shrien Dewani’s driver, Zola Tonga, allegedly sent the Brit an SMS about an hour before Dewani and his new wife were hijacked in Gugulethu in Cape Town.

According to the Sunday Times, the SMS is among cellphone messages and calls that form part of the evidence against the murder suspect who is accused of having had his bride, Anni, killed during the incident. However, police are mum on the details, which are expected to form a vital part of the state’s case against Dewani when he eventually goes to trial.

Tonga and two accomplices, Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Xolile Mngeni have been convicted of the murder. Tongo and Qwabe have however entered into plea agreements with the state and are expected to testify at Dewani’s trial.

The state believes the hijacking was staged.

The Dewanis were on honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010 when Anni was murdered. Her body was found in Khayelitsha. At the time, Tongo had been the Dewanis taxi driver. Tongo is serving an 18-year prison sentence for his role in the killing.

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