Anni's killer may never be revealed - report

2014-10-19 10:56
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Cape Town – Anni Dewani’s shooter may never be revealed with the death of Xolile Mngeni, the convicted honeymoon murderer, according to the Sunday Times.

The Sunday newspaper reported that until his death on Saturday Mngeni maintained that he never killed Anni.

Questions over Anni’s shooter were raised during the murder trial of her husband Shrien Dewani.

Dewani is accused of masterminding the murder of his wife during their honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010. He has pleaded not guilty to the five counts against him, maintaining that the couple were the victims of a hijacking in Gugulethu on 13 November 2010.

Mziwamadoda Qwabe, who is serving a 25-year jail term for his role in Anni’s death, took the stand on Monday 13 October and was accused of being the triggerman by Dewani’s legal team.

Francois van Zyl, for Dewani, told Qwabe during cross-examination that all the evidence pointed to him pulling the trigger and not his accomplice Mngeni.

"I have to put it to you, sir, that your version that Mngeni shot the deceased is not true. What do you say to that? You were the person who shot the deceased," Van Zyl said.

"At the time you were doing so, based on the objective facts, you were most probably standing at the left rear door, pulling her with your right hand, threatening her with the pistol against her chest."

Qwabe disagreed with Van Zyl and stuck to his version that he was driving the vehicle when he heard the shot being fired.

Mngeni was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2011 while awaiting trial for the murder.

eNCA reported that during the trial, the court heard that he had a lifespan of only five years.

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha said: "It is unfortunate that inmate Xolile Mngeni passed on while the monitoring of his medical condition was under way. We wish to convey our condolences to his family and relatives.".

Mngeni, was sentenced to life imprisonment, passed away at approximately 14:30 on Saturday while in custody at the Goodwood Correctional Centre hospital in Cape Town.

Dewani's trial is set to resume on Monday.


Read more on:    anni hindocha  |  shrien dewani  |  cape town  |  dewani trial

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