A suspect in the murder of Anni Dewani, killed on her honeymoon in South Africa, has outlined her final moments in a document that has been made public by police.
The contents of Mziwamadoda Qwabe’s statement, which he claims was made after he was assaulted, were released as he attended a bail hearing. The 25-year-old has been in custody since his arrest in November.
An outline of the statement given to the magistrates’ court told how he agreed to take part in a staged hijacking and robbery in Cape Town.
Investigating officer Captain Paul Hendrikse said in the statement that Qwabe and co-accused Xolile Mngeni hijacked the vehicle containing Mrs Dewani, 28, and new husband Shrien on the night of November 13.
Taxi driver Zola Tongo, who has been sentenced to 18 years after admitting his role in the murder and making a confession that implicated Mr Dewani, was apparently allowed to go after telling them the money they had been promised was behind the front passenger seat. They drove off but stopped to let Mr Dewani out of the car, and carried on with Qwabe driving.
Captain Hendrikse said in the document: “(Qwabe said) that while he was driving he heard a single shot. That he got scared and nervous and parked the vehicle at the side of the road in Litha Park.
“That he got out and saw Mngeni looking for the bullet and that he (Qwabe) found the casing and threw it in a drain while they were running away; and that Mngeni brought the firearm to him the following day.”
Hendrikse said that the day after Qwabe made the statement, he formally pointed out the crime scene to police, who recovered a cartridge and firearm from the scene.
The hearing was postponed until February 25, when his trial, and that of Mngeni, is due to begin. Qwabe faces charges of murder, kidnapping and robbery with aggravating circumstances, and the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Mr Dewani is accused of hiring a hitman to kill his wife and faces an extradition hearing next week. The couple had only been married for a fortnight when the attack took place.