Was 5th person involved in Anni Dewani's murder?
Mbolombo was asked what he meant when he said in a phone conversation that 5 people were involved in the plot.
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The question arose during cross-examination of state witness Monde Mbolombo in the Western Cape High Court.
Van Zyl asked Mbolombo what he meant when he told one of his co-conspirators in a telephone conversation that five people were involved in the plot.
Mbolombo said he can't remember why he said that.
When Van Zyl asked whether Dewani was the fifth person, as taxi driver Zola Tongo previously testified, Mbolombo agreed he could be but wasn't sure.
He is the state's latest witness in its case against Dewani, who is accused of ordering a hit on his wife during the couple's honeymoon in Cape Town four years ago.
Dewani has denied all charges against him.
MIDDLEMAN QUESTIONED ABOUT FALSE NAME
Names and nicknames have proven to be a contentious issue in the trial.
Since the start of this trial, it has emerged Tongo initially told police he didn't know the names of his co-conspirators.
In another twist, Dewani says he knew Tongo by his middle name "Robert", even though Tongo denies using that name.
Now, Mbolombo said he referred to hitman Mziwamadoda Qwabe as "Abongile" because he couldn't remember his real name at the time he put him in touch with Tongo.
Unconvinced, Van Zyl intimated Mbolombo used a fictitious name to try and protect Qwabe.
DEWANI DEFENCE PUSH MIDDLEMAN FOR ANSWERS
Van Zyl earlier questioned why Mbolombo didn't press to get his share of the alleged hit money if he got involved in the supposed conspiracy purely for the cash.
Mbolombo said he expected to get paid but there was no agreement on who would pay him and when.
He said he wanted to raise the issue with Qwabe after the alleged staged hijacking, but he says Qwabe was angry about being short-changed by R5,000 so he eventually didn't ask for his share.
Mbolombo said he also didn't ask Tongo for his cut during a telephone conversation a few days after the murder because he wanted to raise the issue in person.
Van Zyl wanted to know why Mbolombo didn't push for his share, since he claims he got involved because he was having financial troubles at the time.