The Staged Hijacking
Tongo was instructed to open the doors. “I played along as I knew we were not really being hijacked by the men”, Tongo said in his statement. Shrien said: “We were stunned and scared. I grabbed Anni because she was starting to cry.”
Shrien said Anni refused to give up her wedding and engagement rings. Shrien said: “Don’t worry about the rings, we can always get new rings, just give them everything and lets get out here.” Shrien said he handed over all the cash he had on him – R4000. Xolile’s filmed confession supports this. His account was filmed before Shrien became a suspect.
He said on film that Shrien took out R4000 and said “Please don’t kill her. Dont kill me.”, and I told them “No, you are not going to be killed.”
Not long after the taxi got hijacked Zola Tongo got out. But before he got out he told them that the money was behind the front passenger seat. The hijackers drove off into the darkness of Khayalitsha township. Shrien and Anni were pleading with them not to harm them.
Shrien said the driver said to them: “We just want the car. We are not going to hurt you. We are going to let you out seperately” Again Mngeni, the only one to reject a plea bargain confirms Shrien Dewani’s account.
Dewani and Mngeni had no contact before or after, yet their accounts tally. After half an hour Shrien was ordered to get out of the car. He was holding on to Anni and asked them to please let them be together. His account mirrors Mngeni’s again. “The white guy, he asked us that he can’t be dropped alone, as she is his wife.”
Why would he ask the gunmen to let them go together, if he wanted Anni dead? Qwabe told Shrien to get out of the car holding a gun to his head, threatening to shoot him.
Shrien Dewani was now alone, in a township notorious for crime and gun violence. He recalls: “The car just spead off and my heart was racing.” Luckily he stumbled into a local government auditor, Simbonile Matokazi. “He was pacing up and down the road here in panic. he was shaking and crying”, said Simbonile who called his cousin, a police officer.
He said Shrien became frantic when the police took so long to arrive. Simbonile said when he found out Shrien stands accused he was surprized “because I don’t think this guy killed his wife.”
At 1am, after a fruitless search for Anni police took Shrien back to the Cape Grace Hotel. On CCTV he looks distraught, wiping away tears.
Strangely the taxi driver Tongo also arrives at the hotel! He said he heard the policemen refer to the missing lady as his wife, and that was the first time he realized that Shrien wanted his own wife murdered. He had no idea Anni was Shrien’s wife? Even though he picked them up at the airport, and driven them around for hours?
“We were all convinved that Anni would be found alive” Shrien said afterwards.
ANNI’S LAST MOMENTS
Anni’s last moments are hard to even imagine. During Mngeni’s confession he said that Anni started crying in the back as they drove off. She was shot not long after Shrien left the taxi. Qwabe says he was driving and that Mngeni shot Anni. His recollection seem at odds with a planned murder. He said Mngeni shot Anni but he was not expecting it at all to happen. “So he gave me quite a fright, you see.”
Mngeni claims it was Qwabe who took the gun, went to the rear passenger door, and shot Anni, crying and scared, in a struggle for her handbag. “I heard a shot, and asked Qwabe why he’d do it?” Does this sound like a murder going according to plan?
The Gunmen dumped the car in Khayalitsha township, leaving Anni bleeding to death across the backseat. They stole her handbag, the couple’s mobile phone, designer watches, and jewellery. Police valued the haul at 8000 pounds, six times the price of the alleged hit.
Two of Anni’s rings were recovered. One beneath her body and her 25 000 pound engagement ring, hidden behind the rear seat.
If it was murder, made to look like robbery, why not take the rings? If it was a simple execution, wouldn’t the hitmen have stayed to check that Anni was dead? They never confirmed whether Anni was dead before they fled the scene.
THE WEAK FORENSIC EVIDENCE
The position in which Anni’s fully clothed body was found, with a single shot passing through her hand first, before entering her neck, fatally damaging her spinal cord, and severing major blood vessels, reveals a lot. The South African team claim Anni was cowering against the back seat, and Mngeni took aim from the front passenger seat. They claim he shot her with the gun barrel 5-10cm from her body.
Leading forensic scientists reviewed the forensic evidence and there is no pathological evidence to support the prosecutions claim of how the shooting took place. In actual fact they take a very different view from the South Africans. “There is no evidence of any blood spatter, against the seats.” That indicates she was sitting forward. This would make it seem more likely that the gun went off by accident, right against her. “It surprizes me that the crime scene people have not considered it.”
This is a major flaw in the sloppy investigation. There was no standard tests carried out on the weapon.
Tests were not done to rule out accidental shooting.
If it was a deliberate murder you would expect a shot in the head, or heart, not in the neck. Its an usual spot for an assassination. On that basis alone, the findings would veer towards an accidental discharge, rather than a deliberate shooting.
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