South Africa 8.10.2014 05:15 pm

How to kill Anni was not discussed, Qwabe tells Dewani trial

British businessman Shrien Dewani is seen through the window of a car upon arriving at the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday, 8 October 2014 for his murder trial. On Monday, he pleaded not guilty to the five counts against him, seeking to prove his innocence with a plea explanation. He is charged with murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, and conspiracy to commit these crimes. He is also charged with defeating the ends of justice. He maintains he and his wife Anni were hijacked while being driven through Gugulethu in a shuttle bus while on honeymoon in Cape Town on Saturday November 13, 2010. He was apparently forced out and the hijackers drove off with Anni. Anni's slumped body was found on the back seat of the shuttle the next day. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA

British businessman Shrien Dewani is seen through the window of a car upon arriving at the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday, 8 October 2014 for his murder trial. On Monday, he pleaded not guilty to the five counts against him, seeking to prove his innocence with a plea explanation. He is charged with murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, and conspiracy to commit these crimes. He is also charged with defeating the ends of justice. He maintains he and his wife Anni were hijacked while being driven through Gugulethu in a shuttle bus while on honeymoon in Cape Town on Saturday November 13, 2010. He was apparently forced out and the hijackers drove off with Anni. Anni's slumped body was found on the back seat of the shuttle the next day. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA

Details such as how to kill honeymoon tourist Anni Dewani were not discussed by her hitmen before the crime, the Western Cape High Court heard on Wednesday.

“You accepted an instruction to kill someone for R15,000… but you never even thought about how this person had to be killed?” Francois van Zyl, for murder-accused Shrien Dewani, asked convicted killer Mziwamadoda Qwabe during cross-examination.

Qwabe, who is serving 25 years for his role in the November 13, 2010 murder, said no.

He added that he did not discuss the method or who would do it. In the next breath, however, he said before the night of the murder he gave his firearm to convicted gunman Xolile Mngeni.

He said they both knew a firearm was going to be used, but they did not know when or where.

“That’s why I got a shock after she had been shot,” he explained.

Qwabe was the second State witness to testify during Shrien Dewani’s trial.

Dewani is accused of the murder of his wife on November 13, 2010 during their honeymoon in Cape Town. He has pleaded not guilty to the five counts against him, maintaining that the couple were the victims of a hijacking as they were being driven through Gugulethu in a shuttle bus by Zola Tongo.

The State alleges Dewani conspired with others to stage the hijacking in return for R15,000.

Qwabe earlier testified that while he and his accomplices were driving with Anni Dewani between Ilitha Park and Ndlovini, a shot was fired in the shuttle bus.

Qwabe told Van Zyl he did not know whether the money for the hit was in the back car seat pocket, as allegedly arranged, at the time he helped to hijack the shuttle taxi.

He said Mngeni took the money out of the pocket before Dewani was shot.

Van Zyl wanted to know where the R15,000 came from.

Qwabe said it was suggested by Mngeni when they found out a hitman was needed.

Van Zyl asked if he was sure Mngeni suggested it and not Tongo.

Qwabe seemed sure.

The lawyer said it seemed a coincidence that Tongo had testified about speaking to the man who wanted his wife killed, and that the amount he was prepared to pay the hitman was R15,000.

Mngeni is serving life for pulling the trigger of the gun while his accomplice Tongo is serving 18 years in jail.

Van Zyl started to ask questions about the 31.1km route that Qwabe drove the night of the murder.

Proceedings then adjourned. Cross-examination would resume on Thursday.

Dewani seemed to shed a few tears when led back down to the holding cells.

– Sapa

 

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