A middleman who introduced honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani to the hit man who killed his wife Anni knew about the carefully arranged plot murder plot all along, a court in Cape Town heard today.
Fixer Monde Mbolombo is said to have put Dewani and his taxi driver Zola Tongo in touch with hit man Mziwamadoda Qwabe, Dewani’s lawyer Francois van Zyl told the court on the third day of the Bristol businessman’s murder trial.
Van Zyl said phone records revealed Qwabe and Mbolombo spoke frequently on the night of the murder in November 2010.
The lawyer asked Qwabe: “There are calls between you and Mbolombo. Why?”
Qwabe replied: “As I said, Monde was the link man. If I had a problem getting hold of Zola (taxi driver Zola Tongo) then I would have called him.”
Mr van Zyl said: “This was the night of the carjacking. Why did he call you and what was discussed?”
“I don’t recall”, Qwabe said.
Dewani’s lawyer said: “I put it to you that Mbolombo was much more than just a link man – he knew much more.”
Qwabe, a former tour guide in Cape Town who has already been convicted of Anni’s killing, told the court that he had been contacted by Tongo who told him he knew of a husband who wanted his wife killed.
In evidence to court on Wednesday, Qwabe said Dewani had agreed to pay £1300 for the murder of Anni and Qwabe was told to make it look like a hijacking.
Mr Dewani, 34, a nursing care-home owner from Bristol, denies murdering his 28-year-old wife Anni.
The couple’s taxi was hijacked at gunpoint as they drove through the Gugulethu slum near Cape Town.
While Dewani was released shortly after, Anni Dewani shot dead.
Also on Wednesday the court heard that Dewani had surfed gay dating websites before and the day after his wife’s murder.
Papers submitted to the court revealed that Dewani described himself as “submissive, filthy-minded and perverted” in his personal profile for Gaydar.com, a site where users can connect with ‘like-minded’ individuals.
Dewani used the name ‘Asiansubguy’ and said in his profile that he preferred men aged between 18 and 99 for “one-on-one sex, group sex or other activities with single gays and bisexuals”.
Dewani’s account was active from 2004 until a week after Anni’s killing, the court heard.
At the beginning of his trial, Dewani admitted to being bisexual and said he regularly met up with gay or bisexual men for casual sex. Two witnesses – a German gay escort and a British parliamentary aide – are expected to give evidence in court to say they had had sexual relations with Dewani.
South African prosecutors say the businessman arranged for his wife’s murder because he wanted to “get out” of his marriage.
The trial resumes on Monday.