Dewani case: More alibis emerge

2012-10-23 14:34

Cape Town - Further potential female alibi witnesses emerged during the cross-examination of one of Anni Dewani's alleged killers, in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.

The State had been asking Xolile Mngeni about his movements between 12 and 14 November 2010, the weekend Dewani was killed.

He revealed he was with his girlfriend, another girlfriend and "a woman on special".

On that Friday evening, he left his Khayelitsha home and met a woman.


"I spoke with this child, agreed about everything and brought her home to my home. Yes, it's a girlfriend," he testified.

He then left her in his shack to play street ball with his friends and returned later to sleep.

Prosecutor Shareen Riley asked what her name was.

"I don't know what her name is but it was just a special for that night," he said.

He then remembered her name and told it to the court.

He said he would be able to show police where she stayed, if they wanted her to testify.

He could also get his grandmother and another family member to confirm he was at home the whole time.

On the Saturday evening Dewani was killed, he said, he was with his official girlfriend and another couple. He met a third female friend, "a girlfriend", the next day.

Key alibi witness

Earlier, the court heard that it would be difficult to locate the key alibi witness, Mngeni's official girlfriend, as she now lives in Johannesburg.

He said that when he became ill with a brain tumour, he lost her telephone number and lost contact with her.

Judge Robert Henney asked if he would be able to show the police where her family stayed in Khayelitsha to get her phone number and her new address.

"No, I don't have a problem [with that]. I'll be able to tell him where her mother stays, but the problem is I don't know her mother and she doesn't know me," Mngeni testified during cross-examination.

He said he might be able to point out her brother.

Mngeni has pleaded not guilty to robbing, hijacking and killing Dewani in Gugulethu, on 13 November 2010.

He testified on Monday that he was with his girlfriend, her friend and her friend's boyfriend the night of the murder. They chatted into the early hours of the morning.

However, on Tuesday he said he and his girlfriend left the other couple around 20:00 on the Saturday, and made their way to a nearby shack.

"For a young man on a Saturday night, that is very early," Henney said.

The trial continues.

  • andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-23 15:13

    WTF. "a woman on special". ??

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-23 15:20

      Maybe the woman was "game". I agree this is nonsense.

      Andrea - 2012-10-23 15:24

      That would be a hooker, not sure of the STD's, therefore on special.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-23 17:01

      I think they should have left his brain tumour in place and let it run its natural course. It would have saved a whole wack of money.

  • nicky.m.wagner.7 - 2012-10-23 15:42

    definitely brain damaged - wasting the courts time and taxpayers money x-questioning this dude - his alibi has an alibi - making it up as he goes along - his girlfriends don't have names...seriously?

  • brigitte.bell.33 - 2012-10-23 15:52

    Even IF this idiot wasn't involved in the murder, he needs to be jailed for being stupid!

  • tony.baxter.737 - 2012-10-23 15:52

    Zuma taught him how to lie

      sibusiso.mhlongo.35 - 2012-10-23 17:58

      what did Botha teach u?

  • beki.khumalo - 2012-10-23 15:59

    A deadly player!

  • lauren.myburg - 2012-10-23 16:15

    "I spoke with this CHILD, agreed about everything and brought her to my home" - "a woman on special"! Just goes to show what a piece of low down garbage trash this man is - let him rot in jail with or without his tumour.

  • pdvermaak - 2012-10-23 16:15

    And he wants us to beleive that?

  • ndou.miranda - 2012-10-23 17:22

    Fool, it is not called a special but a one night stand.

      mark.richardson.3914207 - 2012-10-23 19:19

      hence the reason why the masses have aids , but hey ho eat beetroot as your cadre says .

  • johan.harlaar.9 - 2012-10-23 19:43

    How do People from Cape Town say that: Je Moer Se Push?? And if you have a "special" that is just another name for well 'a street pave special'? R100.00 for the job? He only came up with an alibi when it was explained to him what that was.

  • johan.harlaar.9 - 2012-10-23 19:45

    And those are the people that Shrien thought would be professional contract killers? WTF.

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