Tongo recounts first meeting Dewani

Zola Tongo has already been convicted and sentenced for his role in the murder of Anni Hindocha Dewani.

FILE: Zola Tongo covers his head as he prepares to face murder charges in the Cape High Court. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - State witness Zola Tongo has told the Western Cape High Court he was first approached by murder accused Shrien Dewani at Cape Town International Airport.

Tongo has already been convicted and sentenced for his role in the murder of Anni Hindocha Dewani during an apparent staged hijacking in November 2010.

He is allegedly the link between the British businessman and the other two men convicted of Anni's murder, Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Xolile Mgeni.

Mngeni passed away in prison earlier this month after a battle with cancer.

Tongo pleaded guilty to the murder and was sentenced to 18 years in prison in December after entering into a plea bargain with the state.

In his plea agreement, Tongo stated that Dewani had offered R15,000 to have his wife killed.

He provided the court with details about his first meeting with the couple.

He said during their 20 minute ride from the airport to the hotel, Anni was quiet, while Shrien asked many questions.

Speaking through an interpreter, Tongo also testified that not long after arriving at the hotel, Dewani told him he had a job for him.

He claims the British businessman told him he wants somebody killed.

Tongo said he replied he is not involved in such things but would enquire whether someone in what he called the "location" could assist.

Dewani has denied any involvement in his wife's murder and claims Tongo was hired to arrange a special helicopter trip.

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