State’s case takes more knocks with Tongo

2014-11-03 17:49
Shrien Dewani (File, AP)

Shrien Dewani (File, AP)

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Cape Town - The State’s case in Shrien Dewani’s murder trial took more knocks on Monday as key witness, Zola Tongo, continued to refute details of his own statements to police.

“Some of the things in my statement are correct as are the things I said in court,” Tongo told Judge Jeanette Traverso.

Just before court adjourned, defence lawyer Francois van Zyl asked Tongo why he said in a signed statement that Dewani and his wife, Anni Hindocha, walked on the beach and after she went into the restaurant, Dewani turned and asked what was happening with the hit.

Van Zyl says this contrasts with what Tongo had said in court where he claims Dewani asked him what was happening as the accused and the driver walked ahead of Anni.

When differences were pointed out between his statement to police and what he was saying in court, Tongo’s response was that “some things are resurfacing” now.

The taxi driver earlier told the court that he was a “fool” for organising a murder for a mere R5 000 when, in a busy month, he would make R30-R40 000 as a taxi driver. He also said the hitmen who planned the murder had agreed that his VW Sharan would be abandoned in Gugulethu on the night of the murder.

He said he only thought about what would happen to his car, his source of income, after the crime was committed.

In court on Monday, Dewani appeared restless, often darting his head about whenever there was movement about him. Whenever Tongo said something he clearly disagreed with, the British murder-accused would shake his head furiously or frown.

The deceased’s father, Vinod Hindocha, a photo of his daughter pinned to the lapel of his jacket, sat looking stony-faced as the defence continued ripping apart the state witness’s testimony.

Tongo is serving an 18-year sentence for his part in Anni Hindocha’s murder on 13 November 2010.

He will continue testifying on Tuesday.

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

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