Dewani driver to go on trial

2010-12-06 11:47

The taxi driver allegedly involved in the murder of honeymooning tourist Anni Dewani, is to go on trial in the Western Cape High Court tomorrow.

Zola Robert Tonga’s trial would take the form of a plea bargain, but the document would only become available to the media after proceedings.

Tonga was expected to plead guilty to four charges, and the plea bargain document would then be read into the court record. The plea bargain would include a sentence that had been agreed to by all the parties involved.

Tonga made his final appearance in the Wynberg Regional Court today before Magistrate Jackie Redelinghuys.

At the request of the Western Cape Director of Public Prosecutions, senior counsel Rodney de Kock who represented the State, the magistrate ordered a separation of trials.

The other two men allegedly involved in the murder, Xolile Mnguni (23) and Mziwamadoda Qwabe (25) would remain in custody until they appeared in the Wynberg Regional Court again on February 25 next year.

Tonga was facing four charges – murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, kidnapping and defeating the ends of justice.

The other two faced only three charges – murder, aggravated robbery and kidnapping.

Mnguni and Qwabe were also due to go on trial in the Western Cape High Court, but on a date still to be scheduled.

The indictment was served on all three during today’s proceedings, together with a summary of the facts. Copies of the indictment were not made available to the media. De Kock told the court he had deliberately excluded a list of State witnesses from the indictment.?

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