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‘There was a husband who wanted his wife killed’: Hitman jailed for murdering Dewani’s new bride tells South African trial ‘what businessman’s tour guide told him hours before Anni was shot dead’
- Mziwamadoda Qwabe is serving 25 years for the murder of Anni Dewani
- Tells trial he received phone call from friend saying ‘a job needed to be done’
- He met Dewani’s taxi driver and guide Zola Tongo the next day, trial told
- Qwabe tells murder trial: ‘Zola said someone wanted somebody killed’
- Dewani ‘agreed to pay R15,000 (£1,300) to carry out the killing’
- Millionaire denies murder plot on South Africa honeymoon four years ago
A hitman jailed for murdering Shrien Dewani’s new bride was told by the millionaire’s tour guide that ‘there was a husband who wanted his wife killed’ hours before she was shot, the trial heard today.
Mziwamadoda Qwabe, 29, is serving 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of Anni Dewani and implicating her husband in orchestrating the killing.
Prosecutors allege Qwabe was hired by Dewani through his taxi driver and guide Zola Tongo to kill his new bride in a staged carjacking on their honeymoon in November 2010.
Taking the stand today, Qwabe told how he took a call from a friend called Monde the day before Mrs Dewani was killed.
‘He told me that there was a job that needed to be done,’ Qwabe said.
‘I said he could hand over my phone number to the person who needed the job done and he could call me. I got the call the same day from a man, his name was Zola (Tongo).’