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Man convicted of Anni Dewani murder dies in prison

One of the men convicted of killing newlywed Anni Dewani on her honeymoon has died of cancer in prison, a South African official has confirmed.

Xolile Mingeni in court in 2012. Credit: Reuters

Xolile Mngeni, 27, was jailed for life following a trial in 2012, during which the court heard he was suffering from a brain tumour and had five years to live.

He died in the hospital section of Cape Town prison, minister of justice and correctional services Michael Masutha told the South African Press Association.

Anni's husband Shrien Dewani is currently on trial accused of paying Mngeni and accomplice Mziwamadoda Qwabe to kill his wife on their honeymoon.

Moment Anni Dewani was fatally shot heard in court

The moment Anni Dewani was fatally shot in the back of a taxi in South Africa has been recalled in court.

Mziwamadoda Qwabe, jailed for Dewani's murder in 2012, told a court that he and fellow convict Xolile Mngeni arranged to meet with the Dewanis' cab, driven by Zola Tongo, for the attack.

Xolile Mngeni (L) and Mziwamadoda Qwabe (R) were both convicted of Dewani's murder in 2012. Credit: Reuters

After taking over control of the vehicle once Tongo had left, Qwabe said he ordered "the husband to get out of the car."

Asked by the prosecutor if there was any resistance from Dewani to leave, he said he did not recall.

"I heard a gun shot. (Mngeni) said 'I shot the lady'", he said.

"I pulled over on to the pavement and stopped the car. I saw she (Anni) was on the back seat of the car."

Qwabe said Mngeni took the 10,000 rand that was in the pouch and seized 4,000 rand from "the husband".


Jailed gunman: 'Husband wanted his wife to be killed'

A convicted gunman was told a "husband wanted his wife to be killed" when he was hired to attack Anni Dewani, a court has heard.

Mziwamadoda Qwabe, 29, told a court that he was ordered to make the murder "look like a hijacking", and to ensure "nothing would happen to the husband [Shrien Dewani]".

Shrien Dewani is accused of ordering his wife's murder. Credit: Reuters

Qwabe, who is serving a 25-year prison sentence for his involvement in the 28-year-old's death, said he was contacted by Zola Tongo, the Dewanis' taxi driver, on the day of the killing.

"Zola phoned later on and said he was at the restaurant. He told me that the job needed to be done that evening," Qwabe said.

"The husband wanted the wife to be killed that same evening."

Shrien Dewani, 34, denies murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, kidnapping, and defeating the ends of justice.

Man convicted of killing Anni 'received a call about a job'

A man jailed for his role in the killing of Anni Dewani has explained how he received a call about a "job" where someone needed "to be killed".

Mziwamadoda Qwabe, a former insurance assessor, who is currently serving a 25-year sentence for murder and kidnap, is giving evidence in the trial of British millionaire Shrien Dewani, who denies murdering his wife on their honeymoon in South Africa in 2010.

ITV News Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo reports from Cape Town:

Shrien Dewani returns to court in South Africa

Prosecutors in the trial of honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani will this morning continue trying to convince a South African court the British millionaire was the mastermind behind a plot to kill his wife.

Honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani in court. Credit: Reuters

Dewani, 34, appeared before Western Cape High Court on Monday for the first day of the two-month trial, nearly four years after bride Anni was shot dead as the pair took a cab ride through a Cape Town neighbourhood. Care home entrepreneur Dewani, from Westbury-on-Trym near Bristol, denies any involvement in the murder.


Pathologist: No signs of sexual assault on Anni Dewani

The Daily Telegraph's South Africa Correspondent Aislinn Laing has tweeted from a South African courtroom where pathologist Dr Janette Verster is giving evidence in the Shrien Dewani murder trial.

Pathologist: Anni's cause of death was gunshot to neck

ITV News Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo and The Guardian's Africa Correspondent David Smith have tweeted from a South African courtroom where pathologist Dr Janette Verster is giving evidence in the Shrien Dewani murder trial.

Relatives fight back tears as video of Anni's body is shown

ITV News Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo has tweeted:

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Dewani admits to sexual interactions with male prostitutes

Shrien Dewani, the British businessman accused of murdering his wife on their honeymoon in Cape Town, was drawn to her by "a mutual chemistry", his trial has heard.

Honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani in court today. Credit: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

They often argued but had been excited about building their life together, according to a statement written by Mr Dewani which was read to the court.

Towards the end of April 2010 we started discussing a future together and our relationship became more serious...In preparation for our married life together Anni and I had been discussing living arrangements.

– Shrien Dewani's statement

The defendant says he and Anni chose Cape Town for their honeymoon because "neither of us had been and SA matched our initials".

Mr Dewani revealed that he is bisexual in the statement, read in court at the start of his trial: "I have had sexual interactions with males and females", he wrote.

"My sexual interactions with males were mostly physical experiences or emails chats with people I met online or in clubs; including prostitutes", the statement says.

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