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Shrien Dewani: Zola Tongo’s Statement In Full And How Anni’s Death Hurt South Africa

by | 8th, December 2010

SHRIEN Dewani has been arrested in connection with the kidnap and murder of Anni Dewani in Gugulethu township in Cape Town, South Africa. They were on a trip to see the real Africa ”. The whispering campaign can now end. This story has substance.

This is huge news story that one any given day should be front page of all the papers. But Julian Assange has been arrested on s uspicion of rape . The Guardian is obsessed with WikiBitch, the story that US diplomats make bitchy observations about funny foreigners. It’s not th e 9/11 of diplomacy , as one Italian ludicrously put it, it’s a raw script for an episode of 1970s TV show Mind Your Language .

And this is not an idle digression. The murder of Shrien Dewani in South Africa- on her honeymoon hurt Johnny Foreigner in South Africa. A Swedish national, married to a British man was brutally murdered. Black faces were rounded up. The usual suspicions are given credence.

Max Clifford is Mr Dewani’s spokesman. Says he:

“(These) allegations are totally ludicrous, extremely convenient for SA and hurtful for a young man (who is) grieving. He wants justice for the murder of his wife, he wants the truth to come out. Very little truth has come out of SA about this whole matter.”

South Africa is being blamed.

Only, things maybe not as they seem.

The Telegraph , Express , and Star remain focused on the news that peoples will wants to read.

The Dewani family issue a statement. His family say:

“Shrien is totally innocent of any involvement in this heinous crime. These allegations are totally ludicrous and very hurtful to a young man who is grieving the loss of the woman he loved, his chosen life partner.”

But Mr Dewani has surrendered himself at a police station in Bristol.

Meanwhile at the Western Cape High Court, Cape Town, justice is moving at a great pace. Taxi driver Zola Tongo, 31, has been jailed for 18 years for his role in the plot. He is convicted of murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances and perverting the course of justice.

No worries how long Mr Tongo had to prepare a defence. Just know that he entered into a plea agreement. He said Shrien had participated in a fake hijacking on November 13, 2010.

Says he :

“The agreement was that after the hijacking of the vehicle, both Shrien Dewani and I would be ejected from the vehicle unharmed, after which the deceased would be kidnapped and robbed, before she was murdered.”

Accepting the plea agreement in the Western Cape high court yesterday, Tongo’s lawyer William da Grass said the 31-year-old had no criminal record. Even provincial director for public prosecutions Rodney de Kock said: “He showed sincere remorse by pleading guilty.” Tongo, who has five children, “was in the throes of financial difficulty when approached by Shrien”, said Da Grass.

Xolile Mnguni, 23, and Mziwamadoda Qwabe, 25, face charges of murder, aggravated robbery and kidnapping.

Mr Togo’s statement in full:

I am in formal employment but I also freelance as a shuttle operator at the Cape Town International Airport.

For this latter purpose I make use of my private motor vehicle bearing registration number CF 160944, a silver grey Volkswagen Sharan.

On 12 November 2010, I was waiting for fares at the Airport when approached by Shrien Dewani, who requested me to convey him and his wife, Anni Dewani (the deceased), to the Cape Grace Hotel (the hotel) in the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. 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 (fifteen thousand rand). Shrien Dewani said he had US dollars and could pay in US dollars. He also asked if I knew of a place where he could exchange US dollars for rands without producing his passport and could get a better exchange rate than the Bureau de Change gave clients.

Later the same day, on 12 November 2010, I went to a friend of mine, Monde Mbolombo (Monde) to enquire whether he could assist me in sourcing anyone prepared to carry out the killing as requested by Shrien Dewani.

Monde put me in contact with Mziwamadoda Qwabe (Qwabe). This person is currently in custody awaiting trial in respect of his offences. I informed Monde that there would be R15 000 (fifteen thousand rand) for the job. Monde said that he wanted R5 000 (five thousand) for organising the hitman and that we should pay the hitman R10 000 (ten thousand rand).
On Saturday 13 November 2010 Shrien Dewani contacted me to meet him at the hotel. At approximately 12h00 I met Shrien Dewani. He asked me to take him to a place where he could exchange US dollars.
I took him to a place off Greenmarket Square in Cape Town. I entered the shop with him although I did not witness the transaction since we went into a room in the rear of the shop. After leaving the shop I took Shrien Dewani back to the hotel. On the way back to the hotel he told me how he wanted the offence to be committed.

Shrien Dewani and I agreed that the offence would be perpetrated by enlisting the assistance of other parties to conceal the true nature of the offence. He would make it appear as if we were the victims of a random hijacking of my motor vehicle, committed with a firearm. The “hijacking” would be simulated. The agreement was that after the “hijacking” of the vehicle, both Shrien Dewani and I would be ejected from the vehicle unharmed, after which the deceased would be kidnapped and robbed, before she was murdered. The kidnapping and robbery were part of the plan to make it appear that this was a random criminal act, unconnected to Shrien Dewani. For my assistance I would be paid R5 000 (five thousand rand).
During the course of the afternoon of Saturday 13 November 2010, I met with Qwabe and Xolile Mngeni (Mngeni)

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