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Dewani defence push middleman for answers

Mbolombo says he expected to get paid but there was no agreement on who would pay him and when.

Shrien Dewani's legal team arrive at the Western Cape High Court on 3 November. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN -Shrien Dewani's lawyer has questioned why a former hotel receptionist didn't press to get his share of the alleged hit money if he got involved in the supposed conspiracy purely for the cash.

Monde Mbolombo is being cross-examined in the Western Cape High Court.

He in the state's latest witness in its case against Dewani, a British businessman accused of ordering a hit on his wife during the couple's honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

Defence attorney Francois 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.

Mbolombo says he expected to get paid but there was no agreement on who would pay him and when.

He says he wanted to raise the issue with Mziwamadoda 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 says he also didn't ask taxi driver Zola 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.