Footage shows Dewani 'payment'

2012-03-26 15:30

Cape Town - A BBC programme will air CCTV footage this week purporting to show murder accused Shrien Dewani handing over a bag of money as payment to a taxi driver for the killing of Dewani’s bride, Anni.

Producers of the Panorama special, to be aired on the BBC on Thursday, claim the footage shows Dewani meeting Zola Tongo, the taxi driver jailed for 18 years for organising the hit on Anni, the Daily Mail reported.

They say the footage was recorded three days after Anni was shot dead in Cape Town.

In the footage, Dewani is shown talking to Anni’s father, Vinod Hindocha, after they had been to see Anni’s body at a morgue.

Cameras then show a man - Tongo - in a white cap, shirt and shorts, walking through the hotel’s front door empty-handed.

‘Trial by media’

Another man, identified by the BBC as Dewani, then walks towards the internet room carrying the plastic bag, closely followed by Tongo. Tongo emerges again, after one minute, with a bag-shaped object bulging under his shirt.

He then enters the toilets before leaving the hotel carrying the bag.

Last week, the National Prosecuting Authority told News24 that it was “are obviously concerned because the matter is pending before court and therefore sub judice”.

“The documentary will amount to trial by media," NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said.

Shrien and Anni Dewani were on honeymoon in South Africa in November 2010 when they were hijacked in Gugulethu by two armed men.

The security camera footage from the Cape Grace Hotel has been obtained by the BBC’s Panorama team as part of a programme investigating the murder.

The footage also shows Anni, then 28, and Dewani, now 32, kissing and embracing just three hours before Anni was in the hands of her killers.


This comes some months after the Daily Mail obtained footage showing Dewani and Anni walking yards apart that same night.

Suggestions of distance between the newlyweds were bolstered by claims from Anni’s best friend and cousin, who said the bride had tried to call off the wedding after throwing her engagement ring at Dewani during an argument.

Last year Home Secretary Theresa May rubber-stamped his extradition order after a campaign by Anni’s bereaved family, who demanded Dewani stand trial in SA.

He has appealed against the decision to the High Court.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-26 15:41

    Now that they have the real makoya proof how about starting to give the victims' family the justice they deserved instead of going around the world while wasting time...

      bluzulu - 2012-03-27 07:55

      Bring that pest back to RSA. What a beautiful girl...... Where is our Hero Limpopo Cop , we have another job for him here!!

      Thando - 2012-03-28 09:13

      But then if you guys saying the footage has been there, What were they waiting for? He must come here RSA & face the heat its as simple as that

      Fanie - 2012-03-28 13:06

      It may be "evidence" but certainly not "proof" at this point and time.

  • Sechaba - 2012-03-26 15:43

    and the investigators in S.A never thought of obtaining the CCTV footage from the hotel?????

      Neutedop - 2012-03-26 15:58

      They do have it. Remember when Dewani said he paid the driver for the taxi?

      Marion - 2012-03-26 16:12

      That footage has always been available to my knowledge because I read about it a long time ago. Nothing new there.

      Luviwe - 2012-03-26 19:52

      I think as well bbc showing it is going to put some unnecessary arguement on it's admisibility as evidence. Otherwise all along it had been around.

      Sam - 2012-03-27 14:25

      Try to keep calm, Sechaba. It's ok, the investigators had the footage all along.

  • Mashudu - 2012-03-26 15:44

    when will this trial start?

      germini23 - 2012-03-26 15:50

      when Dewani runs out of tricks...whenever that is!

  • Msika - 2012-03-26 15:52

    Why publish this now? I read it on iol early this morning already...news24 hhayi.

      Sale%c3%a9 - 2012-03-27 17:45

      Msika :-) Would you rather they simply left it? "Ah, News24 published it this morning. So, let's leave it alone." ?

      Byron - 2012-03-30 14:01


  • Christian J Denyschen - 2012-03-26 15:58

    papa wag vir jou dewani!! do you guys think our prosecutors or police have this video footage?

  • Stephen - 2012-03-26 16:01

    Trial by media, well at least the media is doing some investigating; don't hold your breath waiting for our police to do it. The media is holding this democracy together; the government is tearing it apart.

      Hallo - 2012-03-27 12:28

      Police has the footage which will be admitted in court. You sir are an imbecile.

      Sale%c3%a9 - 2012-03-27 17:51

      Ag, sies tog, Stephen. Dewani is in the UK resisting extradition. The investigators have and probably continue to do their work. The police are the reason the prosecutors have something to work with, in the first place.Dewani cannot be tried until he gets here. Please spend some more time reading the media reports. With the kind of faith you have in the media, you are more than halfway there! :-/ As for your comment that they are holding the democracy together...well, every healthy institution of our country is. There is no lone hero here.

  • annetjie.fogg - 2012-03-26 16:05

    Please please old story. This was shown on Carte Blanche. The taxi driver and his croonys admitted guilt. They were caught through the deceased cell phone in Gugulethu otherwise they would never have been found. No one will get away with murder. Leave the grieving husband in peace. The guilty has spoken !

      Marion - 2012-03-26 16:15

      You're not serious boertjie. Grieving husband??

      radlegend - 2012-03-27 09:12

      I agree!! They should leave Shrien to grieve in peace. Is it not bad enough that his life has been ruined because of this?

      Konrad - 2012-03-27 12:18

      wtf boertjie. do you really believe what you typed. you cant be serious.if you are,i feel sorry for you,because then its clear you havent the faintest clue of whats cooking!!!

      Hallo - 2012-03-27 12:28

      name says it all.

      Patrick - 2012-03-27 14:19

      (0_0) Huh? Seriously? "The guilty has spoken" - the husband IS the guilty! He shouldn't be grieving he should be a MAN and accept responsibilities for his actions, all he's trying to do is GET AWAY WITH MURDER...

      Susan - 2012-03-27 17:31

      People like you are just living proof that common sense is not common at all! Grieving husband my foot! What about her grieving parents? Anyone who feels they have the God given right to take another life deserves to NEVER find peace. He will burn in hell, but while he is still alive, let him rot in prison.! The Intelligent have spoken.

      Sale%c3%a9 - 2012-03-27 17:55

      :-) When was the deceased cellphone buried?

  • Muofhe - 2012-03-26 16:13

    whatever evidence against dewani,our law is injustice.if dewani has a strong lawyer he's still gonna win a case.lets face reality'll ask y did it take so long 2 bring fotage?all in all is a fake.innocent people are jailed when guilty people are walking freely.

      Barefoot - 2012-03-27 05:03

      The footage they've had it all along it's just that now it will be shown on a documentary

  • Julian - 2012-03-26 16:14

    So what was in the Bag? Tongo said that the money had been left behind the drivers seat in the Taxi. South Africa we are not yet a Banana Republic and suspicion is not proof. Leave the matter to the Courts and let Justice previal.

  • Doug - 2012-03-26 16:21

    Papa wag vir jou........en Julius

      Eugene Walters - 2012-03-26 18:04

      no Doug, They will get serously ill

  • acsteyn - 2012-03-26 17:13

    He can't be worse than the Rhino killers. Perhaps he is just more calculating. Mentality the same. Fortunately he will sit for a longer time than our Rhino murderers.

  • Nurse - 2012-03-26 17:29

    When are we going to start charging UK citizens to visit our country? They don't even need a Visa to come and murder on our soil.

      Tanie - 2012-03-26 17:34

      It will happen soon, we are starting with ditching the us$ as Africa's measure of trading currency.

  • Henry - 2012-03-26 17:35

    Send this guy to Khayelitsha already, necklacing costs nothing and it doesn't cost the taxpayer anything..

  • Nkululeko - 2012-03-26 18:04

    bru! stop wasting our time and get back to SA so that you can get what you deserve.

      Eugene Walters - 2012-03-26 18:17

      No Doug they will get serously ill

  • Luviwe - 2012-03-26 19:49

    He can run but not hide, the wheels of justice will grind, this one shoud be in SA standing trial without a bail, flight risk and suicidal.

      Yar - 2012-03-26 21:23

      Wheels of justice in SA are not in great shape. Some re-treading required. His file will be lost, or the prosecutor will get it wrong. He should come and face our flawed justice. He stands a great chance of getting off.

  • Kevin - 2012-03-26 21:21

    SA jails are waiting . From what we hear about his real lifestyle he will love shower time.

      timmy.ditsele - 2012-03-27 13:52

      Kevin you are NASTY!!!!!!!!!!

  • nadesjensen - 2012-03-27 07:54

    i swear i saw this on crime channel like a year ago or it could have been carte blanche.

  • Gregory - 2012-03-27 08:52

    Our brilliant KFC guzzling police force knew nothing about this footage.

      Zighom - 2012-03-27 14:51

      U can't guzzle kfc can u? Rather u munch it

      gaeleen - 2012-03-27 15:36

      SAPS are not as dof as you all like to think. You never reveal your evidence. This seems as though Dewani attorney working a plan to get tapes kicked out of court..................

  • radlegend - 2012-03-27 09:09

    All fabricated. Shrien is innocent in my eyes. A victim of a justice system that just wanted to tag the blame on someone else rather than admit that the country harbors ruthless criminals who kill for no reason at all. I hope Shrien is never extradited.

  • Susan - 2012-03-27 10:38

    I think Anni's cousin is talking a load of BS,if they did have a fight before the wedding, Anni and Shrien still got married. Then I would ask another question, if Annie called of the wedding, why did Shrien wait to get married then have her murdered her??Does'nt make sense

      smohloli - 2012-03-27 19:08

      Say LIFE INSURANCE,and lets do it slowly this time

  • nico.bold - 2012-03-27 13:49

    You can run but you can't hide...Bring him back.

  • Caroline - 2012-03-27 15:26

    This man is still suffering with post traumatic stress disorder, pathetic, why does he not stand up like a man and clear his name? One reason only he is suffering with PTD because he is guilty! Never heard of a case like this, he left SA so hastily, did not even want to identify the criminals who killed his wife? Lied to the guesthouse he stayed at about being a tour guide to get a special rate? Changed money at a shady place on Greenmarket Square? He is a millionaire, what millionare wants to save a few rands to exchange money? Very strange indeed....

  • gaeleen - 2012-03-27 15:31

    The pictures go quite a way to pointing to his guilt for heaven sake own up to what up have done - just looking at the facade you are putting forward is enough to turn one against you. YOU DID THE CRIME NOW DO THE TIME

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  • Thando - 2012-03-28 09:16

    Guys where is the footage? Kindly give me a link. I really need to see it

  • Cynthia - 2012-03-28 09:20

    This SOB must be brought back to South Africa to stand trial for the murder of his beautiful wife Anni. What a piece of slime. He obviously thought this country was a certainty to get off with murder. Well, you slimeball, you found out that our police are pretty damn smart after all. I think her family deserve to see this slimbeball go to prison here. He committed the crime here so he must do the time here. What's all the delay about? He looks pretty sick, (shame poor baby) but it's probably worrying about going to prison here. I'm hoping that WHEN he is imprisoned here, the prisoners will sort him out good and proper. I'M WATCHING!!!

  • Cynthia - 2012-03-28 09:37

    This SOB needs to face the music here and stand trial for the murder of his beautiful wife Anni without any further delays. He probably thought it would be a piece of cake doing this murder here. However he found out that our police are pretty damn smart. He is such a slimeball. I hope WHEN he eventually arrives here, and is SENTENCED to LIFE, our prisoners will soret him out good and proper. I think that is what he is scared of.

  • Bronwyn - 2012-03-28 12:48

    What really gets to me is how so many people comment when they have not followed the story!!! Voicing an opinion without facts is just opening yourself up to ridicule! please, in order to debate in an adult fashion, KNOW your facts!

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