The trial of British businessman Shrien Dewani, accused of murdering his wife Anni, continues in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday. Shuttle taxi driver Zola Tongo, one of the men convicted of the killing, was expected to continue being cross-examined.
On Monday, Dewani’s lawyer Francois van Zyl questioned Tongo over his claim that the pair communicated via sms. The court was told Dewani never sent a text message to Tongo hours before he and his wife were hijacked.
Dewani is on trial for allegedly masterminding the murder while the couple were on honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010. Tongo, 34, the State’s 12th witness, had testified that Dewani sent him a message asking what was happening with the plan, after the hitmen failed to meet at the agreed hijacking spot in Gugulethu. Van Zyl said they could not find any message from Dewani to Tongo between 6.26pm and 8.16pm, or 9.01pm and 9.27pm on November 13, 2010. SAPA