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Limited details released about Mngeni's death

The Department of Correctional Services has released a few details about the death of Xolile Mngeni.

Xolile Mngeni. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Department of Correctional Services has only released a few details about the death of Anni Hindocha Dewani's killer, Xolile Mngeni.

It's understood Mngeni was being treated in the medical section of the Goodwood Prison.

Western Cape Regional Commissioner of Correctional Services Delekile Klaas said Mngeni died in prison yesterday afternoon.

"He has been sick and we kept him in the sick bay of the prison."

Mngeni who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2011, was convicted of being the trigger man and was sentenced to life in prison.

Anni's husband, British businessman Shrien Dewani, allegedly hired hit men to kill her while on honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010.

The convicted killer was one of three men serving lengthy sentences for their role in the murder.

Mngeni's accomplices entered into plea bargains with the state and one of them took the stand several days ago in Dewani's trial.

While cross-examining a state witness last week Dewani's lawyers suggested Mngeni didn't pull the trigger.

Instead he claimed Mngeni's accomplice Mziwamadoda Qwabe was the one who shot the woman.

Video: Qwabe under cross-examination.

Dewani has however maintained he is innocent and has pleaded not guilty to five charges, including one of murder.

Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it's not willing to comment at this stage on whether Mngeni's death will have any impact on the Dewani's trial.

An NPA official declined to comment on Mngeni's death.

Court proceedings were halted when the court received word junior council Shareen Riley was sick with chicken pox.

Proceedings have adjourned until Monday.

To read Dewani's full plea explanation, click here.

On Monday you can also follow EWN's Dewani trial live blog for rolling updates.