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A video of a man detailing the night he allegedly hijacked murdered honeymoon bride Anni Dewani’s vehicle was shown in the Western Cape High Court yesterday.
Xolile Mngeni was seen making admissions to Captain Adolf Jonker on November 16, 2010. He told Jonker he and a man named “Mawewe” had lain in wait at a stop street in Gugulethu, on the evening of November 13, 2010, to hijack a vehicle.
The video formed part of a trial-within-a-trial, in which the judge had to decide whether the State could admit it as evidence. The defence argued the statement was made under duress and questioned the video’s authenticity.
Anni Dewani was killed in an apparent hijacking while with her husband Shrien. Mngeni has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, murder, and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.
In the video, Mngeni said he was “taking a leak” when Mawewe pointed a gun at a car and beckoned the driver to stop. Mngeni said he saw a white man and woman in the back. He then sat in the front while his accomplice drove.
Mngeni described how the couple pleaded. “They said please don’t kill us… They took out two phones and a camera. I told them: you are not going to be killed.”
Mngeni said in the video that he asked Mawewe: “What are we going to do with these two people?” He replied that he would separate the couple.
At this point, the “white man” apparently said he could not be dropped off alone because “this is his wife”.
The vehicle stopped and Mawewe told the man to get out. His wife started crying. They drove off and stopped in Kuyasa. Mngeni said Mawewe tried to take a bag from the woman, but she held on to it. He heard a shot, and asked Mawewe what had caused him to fire it. He told Mngeni he could not tell him what to do, and they got into an argument.
They left the car in Ilitha Park and hid the phones and camera in a bush, said Mngeni.
Jonker was later asked about his questioning of Mngeni. – Sapa