‘Mngeni admitted to killing Dewani’

The 10th witness in the Anni Dewani trial says the alleged hitman admitted to robbing and shooting her.

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 - A friend of British honeymooner Anni Dewani's alleged killer on Wednesday said he thought the man was joking when he admitted to robbing and shooting her.

Xolile Mngeni is accused of orchestrating and carrying out the November 2010 murder of the newlywed in Cape Town.

The 10th witness in his trial testified about Mngeni's whereabouts and conversations, in the hours following the crime.

The 26-year-old witness described himself as a close friend of Mngeni.

He told the court that Mngeni slept over at his shack on 13 November 2010, the day of the murder.

The witness told the Western Cape High Court that he accompanied Mngeni to the V&A Waterfront where he bought a pair of shoes and a jacket the very next day.

Later they met up again and Mngeni told him he had robbed and shot a woman.

Mngeni appeared unmoved by his friend's detailed account of events.

The alleged hitman has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him.

Last week, another state witness implicated Anni's husband, Shrien Dewani, in the crime.

Mziwamadoda Qwabe said they were paid R15,000 by the British businessman for the crime.

He also told the court that the murder was not prearranged.

Dewani has denied any involvement in the crime.