Dewani trial: I was hired to recruit hitmen - Tongo
State witness Zola Tongo is on the witness stand at the Western Cape High Court since Monday.
CAPE TOWN - Cape Town taxi Driver Zola Tongo testifying in the honeymoon murder trial on Thursday told the Western Cape High Court he was hired specially to get killers.
Tongo, who's been on the witness stand since Monday, has been convicted and sentenced for his role in Anni Hindocha Dewani's murder in an alleged staged hijacking.
The state alleges her husband, British businessman Shrien Dewani, hired hit men to kill her while on their honeymoon in November 2010.
During cross examination, the British businessman's lawyer Francois Van Zyl queried whether Tongo was asked by the accused to hire killers.
The former taxi driver then responded yes.
Van Zyl then pointed out he thought Tongo was requested to hire one hitman.
Tongo then quickly answered whether there was a request for one hitman or 100.
Defence lawyer Francois Van Zyl arriving at the Western Cape High Court ahead of Shrien Dewani's murder trial on 30 October 2014. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN
He was also quizzed again on who got paid, in what amounts and the role of Monde Mhlombo.
Mhlombo is the man who put Tongo in touch with Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Zola Tongo.
According to him, the agreement was he would get R5,000, the two other men R15,000 and if Monde wanted R5,000 then they would pay him.
Shrien Dewani's parents arriving at the Western Cape High Court ahead of his murder trial on 30 October 2014. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.
Earlier on, Tongo admitted to another mistake made in his first statement to police, given several days after the alleged staged hijacking.
In the statement, he said Qwabe and Mgeni didn't introduce themselves when he picked them up.
In the police statement, he refers to Qwabe and Mngeni as man one and two.
Tongo then points out it's the way police wrote it.
Van Zyl then asked if he's saying police wrote it incorrectly, to which Tongo responded, "it can be".
Perplexed, the lawyer intimated it was odd that even though it was the first time someone had asked Tongo to organise a hit, he can't seem to remember such an important detail.
Tongo also claims he didn't know the target was Dewani's wife, Anni.
On Wednesday he also admitted there were mistakes in a sworn statement made to police on 26 November 2010 and his testimony.
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