Tongo thought Anni was two people

2014-10-28 15:57
Shrien Dewani in the Western Cape High Court. (File: AFP)

Shrien Dewani in the Western Cape High Court. (File: AFP)

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Cape Town - Convicted shuttle taxi driver Zola Tongo thought his victim Anni Hindocha was two different people because of a change in her appearance, the Western Cape High Court heard on Tuesday.

Prosecutor Shareen Riley was questioning Tongo as the 12th State witness in the trial of Anni's husband Shrien, accused of plotting her death.

Tongo is serving an 18-year jail term for his role in the murder. He spoke confidently in his deep voice and his testimony was translated from Xhosa into English.

Riley asked Tongo how many times he spoke to the couple after they landed in Cape Town in November 2010 and he drove them around.

Tongo replied that Dewani introduced him to his wife. Tongo spoke with Anni two times after that in his shuttle bus on Friday, 12 November 2010.

He testified on Monday that Anni was beautiful. He also testified that Dewani approached him that Friday with a job to kill his business partner, who he said was flying in the following day.

Dewani is accused of the murder of his wife during their honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

He has pleaded not guilty to the five counts against him, maintaining that the couple were the victims of a hijacking on Saturday, 13 November 2010.

The State alleges he conspired with others to stage the hijacking in return for R15 000. Her body was found in the abandoned shuttle taxi in Khayelitsha that Sunday morning.

Riley asked Tongo on Tuesday if he knew who this "business partner" was that Dewani had apparently referred to.

"I did not know the person," he replied.

Tongo added that Anni did not look the same on that Friday and Saturday, and it seemed from his testimony that he mistook her for being two different people.

"The one from Friday, the one that I was introduced to, she was just dressed casually. But the one of Saturday evening was different from that one. Her condition was not similar or the same," he said.

When Anni's body was found, she was still dressed in her black evening dress and high heels, with her dark hair cascading off the back seat of the minibus.

"I thought it was his business partner," Tongo said of the person he saw Dewani with in his taxi on Saturday night.

Read more on:    anni dewani  |  zola tonga  |  shrien dewani  |  cape town  |  dewani trial

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