Court hears details of 'plot' to kill Anni Dewani

State witness Zola Tongo has explained in detail how the alleged planned hijacking unfolded.

FILE: Anni Dewani was murdered in Cape Town on 13 November, 2010 . Picture: The Anni Dewani (Hindocha) Case Facebook page.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High Court has heard more details of what allegedly happened before Swedish Bride Anni Hindocha Dewani was killed in an alleged staged hijacking.

British businessman Shrien Dewani is accused of orchestrating his wife's murder, while the couple were on their honeymoon in Cape Town almost four years ago.

Anni was shot dead in apparent staged hijacking in Khayelitsha in November 2010.

Her husband was extradited to South Africa earlier this year to stand trial for his part in her death.

Three South African men have already been sentenced to lengthy prison terms for their part in the crime.

Xolile Mngeni, one of the men convicted for his role in the killing, died from cancer in prison earlier this month.

Taxi driver Zola Tongo is on the stand for a second day.

Tongo has explained in detail how the alleged planned hijacking involving the honeymoon couple unfolded.

He told the court the plot was discussed with the two other men convicted of Anni's murder Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Mngeni.

Tongo said it involved them targeting his taxi in Gugulethu.

He said one jumped on the bonnet and the other approached the driver's window.

Tongo said he recognised them because they had met hours earlier.

He testified how they were told to handover their phones, watches and wallets.

Tongo also told the court Anni was screaming, while Shrien tried to console her.


Earlier on, Judge Jeanette Traverso ruled that evidence relating to a conversation the British businessman had with a male escort is inadmissible.

The state believes the evidence was relevant for the purpose of establishing a motive.

The purpose of male escort, Leopold Leisser's testimony was to present the content of a discussion he had with Dewani on 7 April 2010 in which the Briton allegedly said he didn't know how to avoid getting married without being disowned by his family.

The prosecution says the evidence will also show Dewani was engaged in a commercial sexual relationship with Leisser, while in a relationship with his future wife at the time.

The state argued the evidence was relevant not only to prove motive but it would also help the court in evaluating the probability that Dewani was conspiring to murder his wife.

But the defence hit back, saying the evidence should not be admitted

After taking a few minutes to consider her decision, the judge ruled the evidence as inadmissible.

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