I let them use my car: Witness
20 August 2012 | JENNA ETHERIDGE
CAPE TOWN - The second witness on the stand, whose identity may not be revealed, said he had been sitting in a Khayelitsha tavern, Sop's Place, around 10pm on November 13, 2010, when Qwabe approached him and asked for a lift.
"He told me he is having some of his friends who are coming from Somerset [West]. He was going to meet his friends there [in Gugulethu]," the witness said.
He told Qwabe to wait until he had finished drinking, but then said he could use his white Mazda 323 and bring it back the next morning.
Qwabe refused to take the car by himself and the witness agreed to drive with him as a passenger.
As they left the tavern and moved to the car, Qwabe told him he was in the company of a young man who would be joining them. The witness then pointed to Mngeni in the courtroom and confirmed he was the young man.
Anni Dewani, 28, was shot in an apparent car hijacking in Gugulethu while on honeymoon with her husband Shrien in Cape Town in November 2010.
Shrien has been accused by various people of organising the killing of his wife, and making it look like a hijacking.
Mngeni was allegedly the man who pulled the trigger. He has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, murder, and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.
The witness said he sat in the front passenger seat of his car on the way to Gugulethu, while a friend of his sat in the back seat, with Mngeni and two women.
Qwabe drove and apparently received a phone call when they had passed the airport and were travelling towards the Nyanga offramp.
"He received a call. I don't know who the call was from. He said [to the caller] he's not far from Gugulethu. He's quite close," the witness said.
Other than the phone call, Qwabe and Mngeni were quiet during the trip. They were dropped off on the corner of NY112 and NY114 streets.
According to police at the time, the Dewani's shuttle was hijacked on the corner of NY112 and NY108.
The witness testified he knew Qwabe because he was a regular at that tavern and they had spoken a few times. He had never spoken to Mngeni but had seen him before because he lived near his home.
Qwabe was recently sentenced to 25 years in effect for his role in the plot, in a plea agreement.
The Dewani's shuttle driver Zola Tongo agreed to a plea bargain and was jailed for 18 years.
The trial continues on Tuesday.
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