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Dewani trial: 'Contradictions in testimonies of Mbolombo & Tongo'

Shrien Dewani’s lawyer has pointed to contradictions in the testimonies of two key state witnesses.

Shrien Dewani's legal team, Francois van Zyl, arriving at the Western Cape High Court with Dewani's brother on 22 October 2014. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Shrien Dewani's lawyer, Francois Van Zyl, has pointed to contradictions in the testimonies of two state witnesses.

Today, the British businessman's defence is expected to turn up the heat on former hotel receptionist Monde Mbolombo, when cross-examination resumes in the Western Cape High Court.

Mbolombo is the state's 14th witness in its case against Dewani, who is accused of orchestrating his wife Anni Hindocha Dewani's murder in Cape Town four years ago.

Van Zyl has highlighted contradictions between the testimonies of Mbolombo and Zola Tongo.

Earlier in the trial, Tongo testified that he didn't know that Dewani wanted his wife killed saying he thought the target was Dewani's business partner.

However, Mbolombo claims Tongo told him the alleged hit involved a man who wanted his wife taken out.

Another contradiction involved the timing of the hijacking.

Dewani denies any involvement in his wife's death.

Anni was shot dead in an apparent staged hijacking on November 2010.

She and her husband were visiting Cape Town on their honeymoon at the time.

Dewani was extradited to this country earlier this year to stand trial for his role in his wife's death after three South African men were already convicted.

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