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NPA won't prosecute accomplice in Dewani murder

Monde Mbolombo had turned state witness & testified against hitman Xolile Mngeni in 2010.

FILE: State witness Monde Mbolombo hides from photographers as he leaves the Western Cape High Court on 10 November 2014. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the Western Cape has decided an accomplice turned state witnesses in the Shrien Dewani murder trial will not be prosecuted.

Monde Mbolombo confessed to lying under oath about the extent of his involvement in Dewani's wife murder.

Initially he was seen as the middle man who linked the main culprits, but Dewani's defence team argued he played a more central role in the plot.

Anni Dewani was killed during a hijacking in Cape Town in 2010.

The state failed to convince the Western Cape High Court her husband arranged it.

Provincial Director of Public Prosecutions Rodney de Kock has decided not to drag Mbolombo to court.

When Mbolombo testified against hitman Xolile Mngeni in 2010, he was granted indemnity from prosecution by the presiding judge.

But he was refused indemnity by Judge Jeannette Traverso after he testified for the state in Dewani's trial last year.

De Kock had to consider the two conflicting court rulings and whether a prosecution was warranted.

In the end, the NPA decided he cannot be prosecuted for crimes related to Anni's death because of the initial indemnity ruling which De Kock believes is still valid.

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