As convicted shuttle owner Zola Tongo spent his fifth day in the witness stand in the Shrien Dewani murder trial, no one is any closer to uncovering what happened on the night of 13 November 2010 when Anni Dewani was murdered. Yesterday the court heard that Tongo, who earned up to R40,000 a month, was prepared to risk it all for R5,000 offered to him by a stranger.
It has been a meticulous, albeit at times tedious, cross-examination. Over and over, murder accused Shrien Dewani’s senior counsel, Francois van Zyl, picks at Zola Tongo’s various affidavits, statements and testimony like a surgeon trying to lance an infected wound.
Perhaps Van Zyl is hoping that Tongo will crack, that sooner or later, the barrage of relentless questions about the many inconsistencies in his recollection of the night of the murder will just prove too much. But so far, Tongo has withstood Van Zyl’s onslaught. Yes, he might have said this then, but today, in the court, he remembers it differently.
“Everyone makes mistakes,” is a refrain Tongo uses often.
As Tongo testifies, Shrien Dewani watches intently from the dock, often shaking his head, sometimes grimacing or smiling at…
Source : Daily Maverick