Dewani trial: Cross-examination of Zola Tongo to continue

The former taxi driver will spend a fourth day giving testimony in the honeymoon murder trial.

Zola Tongo (C) covers his face as he attends a session at the Cape Town High Court, Cape Town, on 7 December 2010. Picture: EPA/NIC BOTHMA.

CAPE TOWN - Shrien Dewani's lawyer is expected to spend the day painstakingly sifting through state witness Zola Tongo's evidence, when the British businessman's trial resumes in the Western Cape High Court today.

Regarded as the state's key witness, Tongo claims Dewani asked him to help arrange his wife, Anni Hindocha Dewani's murder.

He has spent four days on the stand.

During cross-examination last week Tongo said Dewani offered him R5,000 and the promise of more business in return for recruiting hit men.

But several aspects of this testimony contradict the sworn statement he gave to police in November 2010.

When confronted with the blaring contradictions, Tongo admitted there were some mistakes in his statement.

Tongo also claimed he didn't know the woman he helped to kill was Dewani's wife until after the hit had been carried out.

However, his assertion that he didn't know who the target was contradicts what his co-conspirator told the court earlier on in the trial.

Anni Dewani was killed in an apparent staged hijacking in Cape Town in November 2010.

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

It's alleged he's the mastermind behind her death.

Read Dewani's full plea explanation, here.

For more on the honeymoon murder trial, click here.

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