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Dewani trial: 'Lying receptionist' to be cross-examined

The defence team believes Monde Mbolombo played a bigger role in Anni’s death.

FILE: Defence lawyer Francois Van Zyl leaving the Western Cape High Court after Shrien Dewani's murder trial on 30 October 2014. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A former hotel receptionist, who has now admitted to lying about the extent of his involvement in Anni Hindocha Dewani's murder, will be cross-examined in the Western Cape High court this morning.

Monde Mbolombo is regarded as the middleman in the alleged plot to kill Anni.

He was called to testify against her husband, Shrien Dewani, who is accused of ordering the hit.

Mbolombo put taxi driver Zola Tongo in touch with hit man Mziwamadoda Qwabe.

But on the witness stand on Thursday, he admitted to misleading police about the extent of his involvement in the killing.

He says he lied in two statements he gave to police and during his testimony in gunman Xolile Mngeni's trial in 2012.

After Mngeni was convicted, Judge Robert Henney granted Mbolombo immunity from prosecution.

But Judge Jeanette Traverso, who is presiding over Dewani's murder trial, isn't convinced that the indemnity granted by Henney applies to this case as well.

Dewani's defence team believes Mbolombo played a much greater role in the alleged murder plot than his co-conspirators claim.

Anni was shot dead in an alleged staged hijacking in Khayelitsha in 2010.

Tongo, Qwabe and Mngeni were all sentenced to lengthy prison terms for their parts in her death.

Mngeni, the man who pulled trigger, died in Goodwood prison last month following a long battle with cancer.