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Dewani trial: Tongo admits to another mistake

The convicted taxi driver has taken the stand for a fourth day in the honeymoon murder trial.

Zola Tongo (C) covers his face as he lead up from the holding cells to attend a session at the Cape Town High Court, Cape Town, South 07 December 2010. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

CAPE TOWN - The state's key witness in the honeymoon murder trial has admitted to another mistake made in his first statement to police, given several days after the alleged staged hijacking in which Anni Hindocha Dewani was killed.

Zola Tongo is under cross-examination on the witness stand in the Western Cape High Court again today.

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.

The state alleges Anni's husband, British businessman Shrien Dewani, hired hitmen to kill her.

Dewani's lawyer Francois van Zyl began proceedings this morning by reading out parts of Tongo's statement.

But just a few minutes later, he admitted to an error.

In the statement, he said Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Xolile Mgeni didn't introduce themselves when he picked them up.

He then later admits it was a mistake.

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".

Tongo says Dewani offered him R5,000 and the promise of more business, in return for recruiting a hit man.

But Tongo can't seem to remember exactly when his fee was agreed upon.

Van Zyl is using Tongo's sworn statement to police to pick holes in his testimony.

He's questioned the former taxi driver about the first time Dewani allegedly offered to pay him in exchange for recruiting a hit man.

Tongo says he couldn't remember whether he was offered R5,000 when Dewani first made the proposal or whether the money was offered the following day during a subsequent conversation.

Van Zyl sighed audibly.

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.

This is Tongo's fourth day in the witness box.

On Wednesday he also admitted there were mistakes in a sworn statement made to police on 26 November 2010 and his testimony.

Read Dewani's full plea explanation, here.

For more on the honeymoon murder trial, click here.

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