I thought Anni was Shrien’s business partner – Tongo

2014-10-28 15:00

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

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

He testified 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.

Riley asked Tongo 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.

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