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Dewani witness can't remember phone calls

Qwabe was questioned about the length and nature of calls on the night before the murder.

Xolile Mngeni, one of the men accused of murdering honeymooner Anni Dewani, appears in the Western Cape High Court on Monday, 13 August 2012. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Phone calls between three men in the Anni Dewani murder trial were the focus of proceedings in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday.

Mziwamadoda Qwabe has been questioned about the length and nature of the various calls in question.

While Qwabe has been sentenced for his role in the November 2010 murder, he is also a key witness in the trial of alleged hitman Xolile Mngeni.

Qwabe said he could not remember every conversation he had with Zola Tongo and Mngeni on the evening before the murder.

He said Tongo told them there was a man who wanted his wife killed, but he never specified how this had to be done.

The witness said only the minibus' route and the hijacking were discussed.

Anni's father and cousin were visibly emotional throughout most of Qwabe's testimony.

The two stared at the floor of the courtroom, while Qwabe detailed his actions.

During his testimony on Tuesday, Qwabe said Mngeni fired the shot that killed the bride.

He told the court that they were paid R15,000 by Anni's husband, Shrien Dewani, for the murder.

But the British businessman has denied any wrongdoing and is undergoing treatment for post-traumatic stress.

His extradition hearing will resume in 2013.