Zola has told the court
that Shrien has paid R15000.00 (about $2200.00) to carry out the murder.
On November 12, he (Zola Tongo) was waiting for fares at the airport when Shrien asked him to take him and Anni to the Cape Grace.
“After we arrived at the hotel, Shrien Dewani approached me alone and asked me if I knew anyone that could ‘have a client of his taken off the scene.’
“After some discussion with him, I understood that he wanted someone, a woman, killed.
“He said he was willing to pay an amount of R15 000.00. Shrien said he had US dollars and he was willing to pay in US dollars.”
Then Tongo spoke to a friend to arrange a hitman. That’s where the other two suspects, Xolile Mguni, 23 and Mziwandoda Qwabe, 25, who would remain in custody until appearing in Wynberg regional court on February 25 next year, came in. They met on November 13 to agree how the fake hijacking would be carried out.
“We agreed that Shrien Dewani and I would be ejected from the vehicle and that the female occupant had to be killed.”
Tongo picked up the couple that night at the hotel to see some city sights before he took them to an intersection where the hitmen were supposed to be in Gugulethu.
But the hitmen were not were they were supposed to be and that led Tongo to drive to Somerset West were the couple had supper.
While the couple were having supper, Tongo was called by one of the hitmen to confirm, intersection NY112 and NY108, in Gugulethu as the place were the ‘hijacking’ will take place.
The hijacking was carried out and Tongo was ejected as agreed.
“They drove off with Shrien and the deceased still in the vehicle.
“I knew that the hitmen would not harm Shrien Dewani and that he would be dropped off at some further point. I also knew that the deceased would be kidnapped, robbed and murdered… after Shrien had been ejected from the vehicle in accordance with the plan.”
Tongo has been sentenced to an effective 18 years jail, Rodney de Kock revealed.