Dewani witness lied to police

nni Dewani murder accused Xolile Mngeni in the dock in the Western Cape High Court on 20 August 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN
Graeme Raubenheimer reports on the Anni Dewani murder trial. The honeymooner was killed in Cape Town in 2010 in an alleged hit.

CAPE TOWN - The first witness in the trial of Anni Dewani's alleged gunman on Monday admitted he was wrong to get involved in the crime.

The third day of Xolile Mngeni's trial drew to a close in the Western Cape High Court earlier on Monday.

He has pleaded not guilty to the kidnapping and murder of the British bride.

Both Mziwamadoda Qwabe and taxi driver Zola Tongo are serving jail time for their involvement in the November 2010 murder.

The state’s first witness on Monday admitted he did not tell investigators the entire truth when he made a statement to police.

The hotel receptionist told the court he was wrong to put Tongo in touch with Qwabe, because his involvement resulted in the murder.

Meanwhile, the second state witness on Monday started testifying in the case.

The National Prosecuting Authority's Eric Ntabazalila said the witness told the court about the night of the murder.

“He was with Qwabe at a tavern in Khayelitsha earlier that evening. He knows Qwabe as Nono.”

Later that evening, the witness said he gave both Qwabe and Mngeni a lift to Gugulethu.

The trial resumes on Tuesday.

In London, alleged mastermind Shrien Dewani is currently recovering from post-traumatic stress.

He has denied any involvement in his bride’s murder.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)