Shrien Dewani: R10 000 in Anni’s bag

2014-10-09 16:02

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Shrien Dewani will say there was R10 000 in his wife’s handbag before it was snatched in an apparent hijacking in 2010, the British man’s lawyer told the Western Cape High Court.

“My client will tell the court that there was R10 000 in that handbag,” Francois van Zyl told state witness and convicted killer Mziwamadoda Qwabe during cross-examination today.

Qwabe replied that that was Dewani’s version and he stuck by his own.

Qwabe and Xolile Mngeni hijacked the shuttle taxi Dewani and his wife Anni were in on November 13 2010, while they were passing through Gugulethu, Cape Town.

The state alleges Dewani approached the taxi driver Zola Tongo with the hitman proposition and a contract price of R15 000.

Mngeni was jailed for life, Qwabe is serving a 25-year jail term, and Tongo 18 years.

Dewani has pleaded not guilty to the five counts against him.

Van Zyl asked whether there was an agreement or promise that Tongo would give them the money upfront.

Qwabe said the only agreement was that the money was going to be in the cubbyhole of the taxi.

He testified yesterday that as they walked away from the crime scene, Mngeni took out the money he had retrieved from a pouch inside the car, which was payment for their criminal services.

“We counted the money while we were walking and it only comes to R10 000. He shows me another stack of some R4 000 that he said he got from the husband,” Qwabe testified at the time.

He said he parted ways with Mngeni and went to a party. Mngeni left with the firearm.

The following day, he called hotel receptionist and middleman Monde Mbolombo because the “hit” money was R5 000 short. Mbolombo apparently said he would sort it out with Tongo.

Today, Van Zyl said that during Mngeni’s trial Qwabe had testified that he was not sure who took the money out of the car.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.