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Sep 13 2012 3:00PM
 
Mngeni co-operated with police
Xolile Mngeni's trial.Picture:Gallo Images
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A man on trial for the murder of honeymoon tourist Anni Dewani was co-operative after his arrest, the Western Cape High Court heard on Thursday.

"The accused [Xolile Mngeni] was actually insisting he would co-operate with police... He did not deny anything at that stage, in fact at any stage," Lt-Col Bonginkosi Kwinana told the court.

He and his fellow Hawks officers conducted a raid on Mngeni's home in Khayelitsha early on November 16, 2010, but he was not there.

They found him at a nearby shack in the same street and arrested him, another man and two women.

Mngeni has pleaded not guilty to hijacking, robbing and killing Dewani in Gugulethu on November 13, 2010. She was on honeymoon with her husband Shrien at the time.

Kwinana said that when they entered the shack, Mngeni was sleeping on a bed with two women and another man.

The officers, in civilian clothes, produced identification and arrested Mngeni after reading him his rights.

A search of the shack revealed a cellphone wedged between the base of the bed and the mattress.

"Captain Paul Hendrikse then asked: 'Who does this cellphone belong to?' His [Mngeni's] response was: 'It belongs to the taxi driver'," Kwinana said.

The four were driven to the Hawks' office in Belville. It was then that Mngeni told the officer he would co-operate.

On arrival at the Hawks' building, Kwinana took Mngeni into his office so they could chat alone, as Mngeni was compliant and the officer "didn't want the intervention of other members".

"I asked if he knew anything about the case. He said yes, he knows about the case. He then gave me the name of the other accomplice, who was actually with him during the commission of the offence... Mawewe."

Kwinana took notes, but did not compile a statement.

Mngeni apparently agreed to make a statement to another officer later.

Kwinana said he and his team left for Lingalethu West soon afterwards to look for Mawewe, as they were afraid he would hear about Mngeni's arrest and flee.

Kwinana was testifying in a trial-within-a-trial to determine whether a videotaped statement by Mngeni can be admitted as evidence.

The trial continues - Sapa

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