Anni Dewani's killers ‘short-changed’

2014-10-08 14:40

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Shrien Dewani allegedly paid Anni’s killers R7000 each for her murder on November 13 2010.

The state’s second witness, tour guide Mziwamadoda Qwabe, today delivered a chilling account of Anni’s final moments in what was supposed to resemble a “hijacking”.

Qwabe relayed how taxi driver Zola Tonga told him there was a “job” that involved a murder.

“Tonga said there was a husband who wants his wife killed,” Qwabe told the Western Cape High Court.

Qwabe claimed that he and co-accused Xolile Mngeni were short-changed out of cash by Shrien, as they’d been promised R7500 each for the “job”.

He told the court: “Zola said the killing had to look like a hijacking. We agreed on the fee of R15 000 and the route – we would wait at an intersection near Mzoli's Restaurant in Gugulethu”.

When Shrien and Anni left the five-star Cape Grace Hotel with Tonga in the driver’s seat, Tonga kept in touch with the killers telephonically, providing intermittent updates on their progress.

“Over the phone from Somerset West (from the Surfside Restaurant) Zola made it clear that the husband wanted the job done that same night,” said Qwabe.

Qwabe said they waited at the Gugulethu intersection.

The taxi arrived and they “hijacked” it as planned.

They got into the taxi – him in front, as the driver – and Mngeni in the back, aiming a gun at Anni and Shrien.

They stopped to first drop Zola off. A few kilometres later they dropped off Shrien – who “did not offer resistance”.

Then they sped on to Litha Park where Mngeni shot Anni.

A chunk of the killers’ payment – R10 000 – was hidden in a pouch behind the front passenger seat of the taxi, said Qwabe.

“We weren't happy. The pouch was supposed to contain R15 000,” he said. Mngeni had another R4000, allegedly obtained from Shrien.

The two split the cash, after which Qwabe headed to a nearby shebeen in Khayelitsha to “socialise”.

Tongo, Qwabe and Mngeni have each pointed to Shrien as the mastermind of the honeymoon murder.

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