Dewani 'hitman' was cooperative - cop

The Hawks official, who arrested the man accused of killing Anni Dewani, says the suspect was cooperative.

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 - The Hawks official, who arrested the man accused of killing Anni Dewani, testified on Thursday that the suspect was co-operative and did not have any problem making a confession.

Bonginkosi Kwinana took the stand in the trial of alleged hit-man Xolile Mngeni in the Western Cape High Court.

Mngeni pleaded not guilty to all charges against him, and his lawyers were also disputing his 2010 statement to police.

Kwinana recounted how he arrested Mngeni at a shack in Khayelitsha, three days after the murder.

He said they searched the home and found a cell phone, wedged next to a bed and Mngeni said it belonged to the taxi driver, Zola Tongo.

After transporting Mngeni to Bellville Police Station, Kwinana requested to speak to him alone.

Kwinana said it was then that Mngeni told him about his alleged accomplice Mawewe, believed to be Mziwamadoda Qwabe.

Kwinana said they decided to look for Mawewe the same day as the murder weapon had still not been found.

Qwabe later cut a deal with the state. He admitted his part in the crime but denied pulling the trigger.

He testified that Mngeni is the one that shot Anni.

He testified that Mngeni is the one that shot Anni.

Qwabe is serving 25 years for his part in the crime while Tongo is serving 18 years.

Meanwhile, the alleged mastermind of the crime, Anni's husband is fighting his extradition to South Africa.

He is expected to remain to court later in September.