A Live-Tweet account and summary of Shrien Dewani Trial, Day 2 (Western Cape High Court)

This is an account of my live-Tweets from Day 2 of court proceedings in the Shrien Dewani trial. Day 3 apparently saw many adjournments due to microphone issues again and Dewani and Qwabe complained of stomach cramps. The trail continues on Monday the 13th October from 10:00 am at the Western Cape High Court, Cape Town, South Africa.

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Court adjourned around 15:58 pm for Day 2 but it wasn’t announced at the time when it would next resume #DewaniTrial #vague

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Qwabe explained that “it is possible” means he can’t commit to or discount details given to him from prev. recorded statements #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

van Zyl grew frustrated by “it is possible” answer & Judge Traverso asked for clarification of Qwabe’s intended meaning #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Qwabe can’t recall looking at Watti just after shot went off & said “it is possible” in answer to many of the questions #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Qwabe had a 9 mm Norenko-Parrabellum confiscated by police after previous attempted murder incident #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  · Oct 8

Qwabe admitted to van Zyl he knew it would be an illegal crime but didn’t ask what it was when he first agreed to it. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Defence adv. Francois van Zyl began his cross-examination of Qwabe at about 14:46 pm, seeking clarification on testimony today. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

State advocate Mopp asked Qwabe to look at phone call records & photos of the route on the night of shooting. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

After lunch adjournment, state continued cross-examination & sought finer details from Qwabe, ran over things again. #DewaniTrial

(The above was a summary of the post-lunch cross-examination by the state and by defence advocate Francois van Zyl. At the time, the next court date was not given upon court adjournment at 15:58 pm.

Much of what was covered in the post-lunch period was largely a recap of what Qwabe had earlier told the court and a more detailed analysis of his previous testimonies – and those of his co-accused – as well as his answers from Oct. 8th’s line of questioning. I took notes throughout the course of the entire day but unfortunately my cell phone’s battery died on me and I was unable to continue live-Tweeting the proceedings.)

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Court to resume at 14:15 pm. Day 2 of Shrien Dewani Trial. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  · Oct 8

Apparently court will resume… #DewaniTrial #weird

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Qwabe summarised explanation… court has adjourned for now. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Qwabe summarised his descriptions of night… Now court has been adjourned again. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Next day, he showed the police crime scenes and the location of yellow gloves. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Said he’d co-operate, so the police took him to search for firearm #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Qwabe tried to deny it when questioned. Police let him speak to Watti who was in custody already. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Qwabe was arrested on Thursday, was watching soccer match. After it had ended, police came, took him to Bellville. #DewaniTrial

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Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Only 10,000, other 4k was taken from Dewani… Monde said he’d sort it out with Zola. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Watti had the firearm… next day he came to Qwabe’s house, they saw money was short, called Monde about it. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Qwabe got roughly 7k… walked home to C Section after that. Qwabe went out again after that to socialise. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

One stack was 10,000, 2nd was about 4k. Zola was to get none of this. #DewaniTrial

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Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Brown Nokia was Zola’s… 2 Blackberry’s, camera were the Dewanis. Counted money as they walked. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

They left, threw casing in storm drain, pulled off yellow gloves. Watti had 3 cells, digital camera. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Qwabe pulled over & helped Watti hunt for bullet casing. Found it on the floor in the back. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

While driving down Mew Way, heard shot. Got shock. Asked Watti what he’d done, “shot the lady” #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

While driving down Mew Way, he heard gunshot in back & asked if Watti had shot lady. Pulled over. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

(pre-planned) Husband told to go to one of the houses, report the incident #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Harare was on right side, pulled to side of road, ordered husband out. #DewaniTrial

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Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Driving towards Khayaletisha, no specific plan at that stage #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Zola told them in Xhosa as he got out money was in pouch near front passenger door #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Stopped at intersection near police barracks, they ordered Zola out. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Qwabe saw a lady and a man in the middle of the back seats. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

The car arrived, Watti got into passengers seat, Qwabe in driver’s seat. Zola in back left side. #Dewani

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Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Before Qwabe relieved himself, received SMS saying they were approaching. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  8 hours ago

Watti had firearm… Qwabe was wearing yellow kitchen gloves to avoid fingerprints #DewaniTrial

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Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Qwabe approached Mawanda in tavern… drove his car to Gugu then continued on foot..#DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Zola said he’d take the same route & they must meet him in Gugu. as planned. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Qwabe, Watti & Zola then agreed to meet somewhere else… but Dewani wanted it done same evening. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

While Qwabe & Watti were heading there,  Zola called to say they were heading to Somserset West #Dewani

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Zola called them as planned when he left hotel. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Hijacking would take place near Mzoli’s in Gugulethu. No specific place set for shooting. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Hijacking was to take place near Mzoli’s in Gugulethu, near a corner str.

Agreed they’d take Dewani’s cell. #DewaniTrial

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Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Shrien Dewani is listening and taking notes. #DewaniTrial

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Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Zola told Qwabe & Mngeni that there was a “husband who wanted a wife to be killed.” #DewaniTrial

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Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

They agreed to meet at a shopping mall following day in B Section Khayeletisha. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

They agreed to meet at a shopping mall in B Section Khayeletisha. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Zola called. Qwabe conveyed msg to Xolile Mngeni..  he agreed to do it for 15,000. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

The judge has come back in… mic. has been amplified. Hopefully we can hear now. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Court adjourned at 10:50 until 11:15 am. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Francois van Zyl appears to be jokingly chatting to media seated on right during interval. #DewaniTrial

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Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Zola Tonga phoned Qwabe at about 6:27 pm on Friday evening. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Judge exited… technicians trying to work on Qwabe’s mic. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Monde told Qwabe that “someone needed someone to be killed”; Qwabe said give my number. #DewaniTrial

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Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Qwabe explaining involvement… no one could hear properly. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Qwabe now to explain his involvement. #DewaniTrial

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Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Judge Janette Traverso has entered.

Next witness is Qwabe… is inside. Shrien seated too now. #DewaniTrial

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Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Legal teams seem to have re-emerged… but still no sign of Judge Janette Traverso. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Delay in proceedings… state and defence lawyers have been inside the judge’s chambers for a few mins. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Defence legal team all seem to be present now… Francois van Zyl is inside.

Anni’s family have just entered Courtroom 2.

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Dewani family are now seated inside the courtroom… Anni’s family haven’t arrived inside yet. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

Dewani family has just arrived… some of his legal team are already waiting inside the courtroom. #DewaniTrial

Tamlyn Ryan @Tammyry63  ·  Oct 8

In the High Court, waiting for Day Two to commence. #DewaniTrial

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