Details of how Dewani was to be killed ‘not discussed’

2012-08-29 13:28

The details of exactly where and how Swedish newlywed Anni Dewani would be killed was not something her murderers discussed, said convicted killer Mziwamadoda Qwabe in the Cape High court this morning.

Qwabe, who pleaded guilty to being involved in Anni’s murder and fingered current accused Xolile Mngeni as the man who pulled the trigger, told the court that on the day before Anni was killed he, Mngeni and convicted taxi driver Zola Tongo were seated inside the car in which Anni’s body was found two days later, discussing what route Tongo would drive with Anni and her new husband Shrien Dewani before they were “hijacked” by Qwabe and Mngeni.

Tongo has since been incarcerated to an effective 18-years and Qwabe’s guilty plea resulted in him being handed down 25-years for the role he played in Anni’s murder.

Although it was said that the murder should follow a staged hijacking, details of what would then happen were not discussed, said Qwabe.

Furthermore, Qwabe told the court they “did not discuss what would happen to the man (Anni’s husband) but the plan was that Tongo would not be harmed”.

When asked during cross-examination by defense attorney Qalisile Dayimani how they would then carry out Anni’s murder, Qwabe replied: “that was not discussed”.

“There was no plan in the manner in which this person (Anni Dewani) would be killed,” said Qwabe, “(but) we knew this person would be killed.”

In court yesterday Qwabe that following the hijacking they pretended to force Tongo out the vehicle and after driving a few kilometres they did the same with Shrien.

He said he was still driving in Khayelitsha when he heard a gunshot from the back?seat where Mngeni was holding Anni. Mngeni then told him Anni was dead.

Anni’s father Vinod Hindocha and her cousin Nishma Hindocha wept quietly during Qwabe’s testimony.

Before court proceedings started this morning the court’s clerks were busy connecting a DVD machine and a flat screen TV.

It is believed video footage of Qwabe’s confession is to be viewed.

Mngeni has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

The trial, which is expected to finish on September 21, continues.

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