Second witness testifies in Dewani trial

Anni 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 - Cross examination of the second witness in the trial of Anni Dewani's alleged gunman, Xolile Mngeni, will continue in the Western Cape High Court this morning.

Mngeni, who is suffering from a brain tumour, has pleaded not guilty to all five charges against him, including kidnapping and murder.

Both Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Zola Tongo are serving lengthy sentences, after they pleaded guilty to their roles in the 2010 murder of the British bride.

The National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) Eric Ntabazalila said the second witness testified on Monday how he gave Qwabe and Mngeni a lift to Gugulethu on the night of Dewani's killing.

“He was at the tavern in Khayelitsha and knows Mziwamadoda Qwabe. They approached him and asked him for a lift to Gugulethu. There wasn’t much conversation between them however. Qwabe received a phone call where he told the person he was speaking to that he was not far from Gugulethu.”

The first witness, a hotel receptionist, has admitted to putting Tongo in touch with alleged hit-man Qwabe in November 2010.

Ntabazalila said that man wrapped up his testimony on Monday.

“They were trying to find out how he became a section 204 witness and what he was promised by the state. It came out that he volunteered to be a section 204 witness. He gave the statement to police and changed it at a later stage.”

Both witnesses cannot be identified.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)