Dewani suspect could be called to testify

Xolile Mngeni's disputed confession to police can be admitted as evidence in his trial.

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 trial of the man alleged to have shot Anni Dewani, Xolile Mngeni, resumes in the Western Cape High Court this morning.

Last month, the court ruled that Mngeni's disputed confession to police could be admitted as evidence.

Mngeni has pleaded not guilty to murdering the British woman in Khayelitsha.

Dewani was shot and killed while on honeymoon with her new husband Shrien in November 2010.

Police allege Shrien plotted to have her murdered. He is currently fighting an extradition attempt in the United Kingdom.

Shrien is being treated at a mental health facility.


During a three-week trial-within-a-trial Mngeni's lawyer told the high court police forced a confession out of his client by beating him.

The defence also claimed the accused was not allowed to contact a lawyer.

But several police officers testified against Mngeni and each one vehemently denied the allegations.

The main trial will continue now that Mngeni's confession and footage of him pointing out the crime scene has been admitted as evidence.

The National Prosecuting Authority has indicated Mngeni could be called to give evidence.