Caryn Dolley

THE day Anni Dewani was found murdered, the alleged triggerman went to the Cape Town Waterfront with friends and bought himself big-name brand clothing, had a meal, then later told them he had shot a woman.

“I thought he was joking,” a witness, a friend of Xolile Mngeni, who may not be named for fear of reprisals, testified yesterday.

Mngeni is on trial in the Cape Town High Court and has denied kidnapping, robbing and murdering Anni on November 13, 2010 – crimes the State believes were orchestrated by Anni’s husband Shrien.

Yesterday, the witness said that in the early hours on November 14, 2010, Mngeni had arrived at his shack in Khayelitsha.

He said Mngeni was in possession of a brown Nokia cellphone, and when the witness asked him where he had got it, Mngeni said he had picked it up in Ilitha Park.

After about 30 minutes, Mngeni asked the witness to accompany him to fetch his girlfriend in Khayelitsha.

While the witness had slept over at a friend of Mngeni’s girlfriend, Mngeni and his girlfriend had returned to the witness’s shack and slept there.

After 9am, the witness had walked to his shack. He had met Mngeni on the way, and Mngeni returned the witness’s shack key.

After washing, the witness, Mngeni and a third friend met and took a taxi to the Waterfront, where the witness bought himself a pair of white Adidas takkies. Mngeni had given him R140 so that he could afford the R500 takkies.

The witness said Mngeni, paying in cash, had bought himself a pair of green Lacoste takkies that the witness thought had cost R750. Mngeni had also bought a K-Way jacket.

Around 5pm, the witness had met Mngeni in the street, and later a third friend joined them.

While walking together, the witness said: “[Mngeni] was telling [us] that he robbed a person of a phone in Ilitha Park. That he robbed a person and shot a person.”

The trial continues.