Tongo believed Dewani's business partner was target

Tongo has testified he thought Dewani was with his female business partner when he picked them up.

FILE: Shrien Dewani in the dock at Cape Town High Court at the start of his trial. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Former Taxi driver Zola Tongo has told the Western Cape High Court he only realised that Shrien Dewani's wife, Anni Hindocha Dewani, was the one who had been killed after the hit had been carried out.

Dewani is accused of hiring hitmen to kill his wife during the couple's honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

Anni was shot and killed in an alleged staged hijacking. Her body was found in an abandoned Volkswagen Sharan.

Tongo, a convicted criminal turned state witness, has been testifying about his role in the apparent murder plot, which involved recruiting hitmen to stage the hijacking in Gugulethu.

He has told the court he thought the British businessman was with his female business partner when he picked them up at the Cape Grace Hotel on 13 November 2010.

Dewani had apparently initially informed him he wanted to have his business partner killed.

Surprisingly, he told the court the woman he saw that night looked very different to the woman Dewani had introduced him to the day before as his wife.

Tongo said he only realised that Anni had been killed the following morning.

He said he decided to hand himself over to police several days after the murder because he knew what he did was wrong and he had been a fool who was misled.

Today marks four years since the couple married in a traditional Hindu ceremony in Mumbai, India.

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