Fourth witness implicates Dewani 'hitman'

Anni Dewani murder accused Xolile Mngeni in the dock in the Western Cape High Court on 20 August 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - An elderly Khayelitsha woman on Thursday testified in the trial of Anni Dewani's alleged hitman.

Xolile Mngeni is accused of firing the shot that killed the British bride back in November 2010.

Alleged accomplices Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Zola Tongo are already behind bars after pleading guilty to their roles in the crime.

The duo cut a deal with the state implicating Anni’s husband, Shrien Dewani, in the murder.

They claim they were hired by the British businessman to kill his bride. 

The woman, who cannot be identified, seemed nervous and spoke softly throughout her testimony.

She told the court she used to be good friends with Tongo’s mother. 

According to the witness, she lost contact with her friend and then saw her son, Tongo, in Century City.

The woman said that on the day of the murder, she was on her way to a party in Khayelitsha when she spotted him.

She said he was with two other men, one whom she called Wathi, in a beige kombi.

When prosecutors asked if Wathi was in the courtroom, she replied by pointing a finger at unsurprised Mngeni.

Dewani has denied any involvement in the crime.
(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)