AS IT HAPPENED - Tongo: Dewani wanted to know if 'job' was done

2014-10-28 14:41

Zola Tongo, the taxi driver for Shrien Dewani and Anni Hindocha, told the Western Cape High Court how the British businessman allegedly asked for the hit on his wife and German escort Leipold Leisser briefly testified as well.


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28 Oct 15:50
Court will resume tomorrow (Wednesday) at 10:00.

28 Oct 15:47
And with that, court is adjourned.

28 Oct 15:47
Tongo was aware that Qwabe and Mngeni arrested. Signed plea agreement, got 18-year sentence. 

28 Oct 15:43
ZT says he eventually decided to tell police the truth about everything that happened, knew truth will ultimately come out.

28 Oct 15:38
ZT explains further interaction with police, got call from captain who wanted to meet. He says cop wasn't satisfied with his answers, admits his first statements a lie.

28 Oct 15:36
Tongo: I had further interaction with police after this incident. I suspect it was on a Wednesday, if I'm not mistaken.

28 Oct 15:34
Very long clip to watch but see ZT go into hotel, later walking out holding package.

28 Oct 15:26
In the video, ZT is seen entering the hotel, SD walks in front. ZT follows.

28 Oct 15:20
Clip shows SD pacing up and down passage. Separate clip shows ZT on Waterfront bridge, in white shirt and shorts.

28 Oct 15:19
In this clip: SD is carrying a plastic bag, in passage, on phone, apparently waiting for ZT.

28 Oct 15:16
The State will play another video clip.

28 Oct 15:15
Tongo: Went to cloakroom, opened package to see how much inside. Only R1k. I was angry. Didn't see SD.

28 Oct 15:13
ZT: SD signaled me to follow him along passage, went into room, gave me envelope in plastic bag, then he left

28 Oct 15:12
ZT: Media, police officers I knew at hotel. Pretended to play with phone. Went inside, saw SD standing in the passage.

28 Oct 15:11
ZT: Arranged to meet SD at the bridge, he didn't pitch. Called him, said he couldn't go out, media outside, told to come in.

28 Oct 15:09
SD said before ending the call that he would meet me at the Waterfront to pay the outstanding money.

28 Oct 15:08
ZT: I told him people are bothering me. I called the policeman and spoke to Mr Dewani. I suspected that they were all together or in one vehicle. The gentleman said I should hold on because Mr. Dewani wanted to talk to me. I spoke to him. He asked whether I'm fine. I said no, I'm not fine but I'm still alive. He said he will call me to pay the outstanding money. Then he dropped the phone.

28 Oct 15:03
ZT says he told reporter Mike to "disappear". He tried taking pictures. I got agitated and called a police officer in Gugulethu, says ZT.

28 Oct 15:01
ZT: Journalist pretended to be a wolf (confused looks amongst journalists in court). Remembered name Mike, told him to disappear.

28 Oct 14:58
Journalists tried contacting ZT, he says. Wanted to know what happened. Offered money.

28 Oct 14:56
ZT says instead of going straight home from police station, he went to do a SIM swop with his old phone number. 

28 Oct 14:54
Traverso urges prosecution to get to the point.

28 Oct 14:54
ZT speaks about friends who fetched him. Van Zyl objects to relevance. Traverso agrees.

28 Oct 14:51
ZT says he argued with police at Gugulethu station.

28 Oct 14:50
ZT says he met with SD again at the hotel in the week. He wanted us to go to the hijack scene. We went. He asked me how this happened. Showed him where I met the young men, where they took me and where I went from there. He was interrogating me. He put words in my mouth. He said I know about this. He then left me at the police station.

28 Oct 14:47
SD goes to look at what ZT showed him. Walks towards the door. Looks around and leaves the room.

28 Oct 14:47
SD paces up and down, stares at the water in the video, phone in his hand.ZT  says he warned him there were other people in the room.

28 Oct 14:45

28 Oct 14:43
Can't remember when told body found, before or after this CCTV footage. Presumably before, they both look relaxed - ZT

28 Oct 14:43
In the clip, SD looks around and points behind him, to the ceiling.

28 Oct 14:40
SD asked if I'd heard anything, did those gentlemen do what they were supposed to do, claims ZT. In the clip, SD is seen speaking then peaking out the door.

28 Oct 14:38

They now move onto the next clip.

ZT: SD moved out of sight of camera. Cops milling around front desk of hotel.

28 Oct 14:35
ZT says SD wanted to find out, continuously asking if I'm fine and whether the job had been done.

28 Oct 14:34
ZT: SD asked if the job has been done. Answered I did not know. Told him there were cameras in room, showed where.

28 Oct 14:33
In clip, SD is shown leaning against a balustrade, a hand in his pocket. Then he looks up in the direction of the cameras. 

28 Oct 14:30

28 Oct 14:29
CCTV shows SD approaching ZT on couch, ZT says SD asks cleaner to stop cleaning window, give them privacy.

28 Oct 14:26
Court sees CCTV footage of ZT sitting in Cape Grace Hotel. ZT identifies himself sitting on couch.

28 Oct 14:25
ZT: SD came to me every now and again, kept asking if I was alright, did I hear anything? Did this really take place?

28 Oct 14:24
People would come and ask whatever they wanted to ask. Police officers and people who know the family. They asked who am I? What am I doing? How did the incident happen? I answered them.

28 Oct 14:22
ZT: The policeman told me not to waste their time, as I was aware of what had happened.

28 Oct 14:21
ZT says a policeman known to him as Mr Blacks, asked him to step outside with him.

28 Oct 14:18
ZT: Detective wanted to see where the tourists were staying. Went to Cape Grace, cops there. SD was there and asked if I was alright.

28 Oct 14:16
ZT said he signed a document, which was lies. Then taken to another detective, told him the same story.

28 Oct 14:14
Female cop asked if Tongo knew names of hijacked tourists, said he couldn't remember names but knew where they were staying.

28 Oct 14:11
ZT says he was asked if he knew those people. I said no, I don't. She wanted to know where the incident took place.

28 Oct 14:10
ZT: I explained to her what happened to me. My motor vehicle was taken from me, while on duty. I was transporting tourists.

28 Oct 14:09
ZT: We met another young man. A guard at the barracks. Said I should ask for a police officer inside. I asked for assistance from the police officer. He tried to call his colleagues but we were not successful. I said there's a lady, my friend. We could phone her and she could fetch me. The police officer called the lady, who fetched me. My friend arrived. I explained what happened.

28 Oct 14:05
ZT: I met a young man. Asked for assistance because my car had been taken.

28 Oct 14:04
Court proceedings resume. Tongo (ZT) still on the stand.

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