Another witness testifies in Dewani trial

Alleged gunman Xolile Mngeni’s friend & neighbour on Wednesday testified in the Western Cape High Court.

Anni Dewani’s alleged killer Xolile Mngeni and his lawyer Matthews Dayimani in court on 17 September 2012. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Anni Dewani's alleged gunman Xolile Mngeni's friend and neighbour on Wednesday testified in the Western Cape High Court.

Witness Siyabonga Gwele has known Mngeni for at least a decade.

The state initially asked that Gwele's identity be withheld, but Mngeni's lawyer objected claiming that prosecutors poached their witness.

After some questioning, the judge ruled that Siyabonga Gwele can be named but not photographed by the media.

The timid man testified that Mngeni borrowed his phone days after the murder.

He said he knew Mngeni's alleged accomplice Mziwamadoda Qwabe.

Gwele said Qwabe had made several calls to his phone on these days, but said he had no reason to speak to Qwabe and did not socialise with him.

Mngeni has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him.

Earlier, a pathologist revealed there was no evidence to suggest that Dewani was raped before she was murdered.

It also emerged that she was shot from close range and died from the single bullet.


Speaking to Eyewitness News , Mngeni's lawyer Matthews Dayimani said his client taking strain.

Mngeni is suffering from a brain tumour and his lawyer described his condition as serious.

"He was shaking and he says it's painful when he coughs."

But the National Prosecuting Authority's Eric Ntabazalila says Mngeni looks fine to him.

"He looks very healthy to me. He's winking at the ladies every time he is in court."

Anni was on honeymoon with husband Shrien Dewani when she was gunned down in an apparent staged hijacking back in November 2010.

He is reportedly suffering from post-traumatic stress and fighting his extradition to South Africa.

Shrien has denied any involvement in the case.