Confusion abounds in Dewani trial

2012-10-22 22:21

Cape Town - Confusion abounded on Monday during the cross-examination of a man on trial in the Western Cape High Court for the murder of Anni Dewani.

Prosecutor Shareen Riley asked Xolile Mngeni, 25, about a series of events the weekend Dewani was hijacked, robbed, and killed in November, 2010.

He got confused when she wanted to make sure he was not friends with his alleged accomplice Mziwamadoda Qwabe, who has been convicted of the murder and jailed for 25 years.

Mngeni said he only knew of Qwabe, because he and Mngeni's older brother had DJ-ed together.

"Did you ever talk to him?" Riley asked.

"No, I never had a conversation with him," Qwabe replied.

However, later on in questioning, Mngeni conceded that they had chatted on occasion, when Qwabe visited his house sometimes to get a CD from his brother.


There was then a misunderstanding about where Mngeni was on the day of the murder.

Mngeni had earlier said that on the Saturday in question, he was walking from the shops when he saw Qwabe in the passenger seat of a passing vehicle, at a four-way stop opposite his friend's house.

Riley said this contradicted what his lawyer had put to Qwabe during his testimony.

"Remember when Mr Qwabe testified, your defence told him your version of events. He said you were at your friend's place getting a haircut," she said.

He replied that his defence must have misunderstood him when taking instructions.

"No that is not a barber's shop. I was never at his place," he testified.

Riley asked why Mngeni had not corrected his lawyer at the time. His reply was that he had not heard the mistake.

Murder night

Mngeni seemed lucid and spoke clearly and easily when he took to the stand to answer questions from his lawyer Qalisile Dayimani.

He took his first long pause when the State asked where he was the night of the murder.

At first he said he had slept at his girlfriend's place on the Friday night and at his own home on the Saturday evening.

He was asked if he was sure.

He sat quietly for a minute, looking downward with his finger on his chin and told Riley: "I'm still thinking".

Mngeni then said he was confusing things, and that it was the other way around. He was at his girlfriend's place that Saturday, with another couple.

The trial continues.

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-10-22 23:17

    I'm still thinking, I would make a terrible judge I've got no patience for a moron like this.. I'd just please

      Juandre van Heerden - 2012-10-22 23:45

      yeah, me 2, lock them all up!!!!!!!!

      dudu.son.1 - 2012-10-23 01:08

      Please do not take that profession. \Nex please !\

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-10-23 08:29

      He's not confusing things, he is just plain lying !

      ndou.miranda - 2012-10-23 11:59

      @hannah me too. (I am still thinking).

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-10-22 23:57

    FFS! This case must come to an END! This family has suffered enough! Shrien the psychopath and co must be strung up my their b@lls and fed to the jackals.. Justice should be served asap

  • andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-23 00:00

    Eish Agbare, jy sien die tor hierbo hy hardloop rond .... miskien hy het colapse nou.

  • Notrax123 - 2012-10-23 01:56

    Maggie: "Jy's skuldig, jy het daai watermelon gesteel.... daar sit nog 'n pitjie op jou wang"..... FLICK..... en nou jou honor, waars jou evidence nou... Welcome to the latest allstar circus in South Africa - the law courts.

  • Johan - 2012-10-23 03:47

    Headline is confusing. Thought something wrong about trial but just a stupid witness being mendacious

  • motleleng - 2012-10-23 04:31

    \Xolile Mngeni, accused of murdering honeymooner Anni Dewani, is not psychologically fit to stand trial because of a brain tumour\....that's why the confusion in court, now its up to the judge to decide

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-23 05:18

    And so his cookie crumbles. He already messed up badly on a number of occasions, and of course now he will blame it all on misunderstandings between him and his lawyer. Although they speak the same language, and although they must have been consulting about the same issues over and over again, he is too stupid to realise that he is alrwady looking very bad, and blaming it now on misunderstanding will get him nowhere.

      gary.guy.507 - 2012-10-23 08:19

      Well he has learnt from our politicians... 1. First deny you said it. 2. Then if you are caught out say you were misqouted. 3. When it is established you did say it, claim it was taken out of context. 4. When the full transcript is produced and you are totally cornered, then flip a coin to decide if it will be a 'poltical conspiracy' or a racist plot against you.

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