Dewani trial: Zola Tongo comes clean

The key witness in the trial says he came clean because he knew the truth would come out.

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

CAPE TOWN - The prosecution's key witness in the honeymoon murder trial says he decided to come clean about his role in Anni Hindocha Dewani's killing because he knew the truth would eventually surface.

Zola Tongo will continue testifying in the Western Cape High Court today.

Anni's husband, Shrien Dewani allegedly asked Tongo to recruit hit men to kill her during their honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

Tongo handed himself over to police several days after Anni was killed.

He then entered into a plea agreement with the state and was sentenced to 18 years in prison for his role in her murder.

Tongo, who is regarded as a key witness in the prosecution's case against Dewani, has been on the witness stand since Monday afternoon, recounting how he recruited two hit men to stage a hijacking in Gugulethu at the British businessman's request.

Tongo says after the hijacking, Dewani approached him at the Cape Grace Hotel and asked him whether the job had been done.

Prosecutors are using CCTV footage to corroborate Tongo's testimony.

Surveillance camera footage shows the two men talking inside the hotel, Dewani looking around the room and then pacing.

Tongo says he was angry when he realised Dewani had only paid him R1,000 for his role in the murder plot, when he was promised R5,000.

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