Murder accused 'shocked' by Dewani gunshot

2012-08-30 15:44

Cape Town - A man convicted of killing honeymooner Anni Dewani said he was shocked when his accomplice allegedly shot her, the Western Cape High Court heard on Thursday.

"The shot, I wasn't expecting. I got quite a fright. That's why I decided to stop the vehicle," Mziwamadoda Qwabe said.

He was testifying in the trial of Xolile Mngeni, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, murder, and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Anni was shot in an apparent hijacking in Gugulethu on November 13 2010 while on a Cape Town honeymoon with her husband Shrien Dewani.

Qwabe said the shot was fired on Mew Way Road, between the Ndlovini and Harare informal settlements. They had been driving in the direction of C-Section in Khayelitsha, where they lived.

Mngeni's lawyer Qalisile Dayimani said surely the men would have discussed when they would shoot their female passenger, while driving the hijacked vehicle. Qwabe replied with a no.

"That's why I got a shock."

Qwabe said Mngeni must have seen they were getting nearer to home and panicked.

The witness said he stopped the vehicle in Ilitha Park, about 150m from where the shot was fired, and asked Mngeni if he had shot the woman. He replied yes.

Qwabe said he did not look to see whether she was dead or not, but must have had a brief look and saw her lying on the back seat.

Dayimani said if the intention had been to kill her, they would surely have established whether the hit had been successful.

Anni's father Vinod Hindocha, and her cousin Nishma, walked out of the court as Qwabe was speaking.

The trial continues.

  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-08-30 16:18

    mmm Just when will her no-good scum of a husband be dragged over the coals? he is sitting pretty in some hospital pleading illness... whats next Shrien? Mental Illness?

  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-08-30 16:28

    i was shocked when i opened my exam paper the other day. I had gone into the exam room knowing i was to write the exam but as soon as i open page i was shocked because i knew i was gonna fail. I understand your shock but then this does not mean you wont be punished, i got punished with a fail, you getting punished with a couple of years in jail, thats shock for you

      jkalwenya - 2012-08-30 16:56

      let them just hang all the basters including the master minder KLAAR.

  • Matselane Molaoa - 2012-08-30 18:24

    life sentence for all these guys, he cud have said no

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