Easy to find a hitman in city – for only R5 000
couldn’t provide enough information about the potential victim, there was no upfront payment or they were too closely associated with the victim. The potential victims had been a wife, a husband and a business partner.
The hitmen said they would need to watch their victim’s movements for a few days and might even befriend them before murdering them.
The first said: “It must look like a robbery.”
In Philippi, unemployed Grade 10 school dropout Linda Mazembe*, 25, said he would commit murder for R10 000 and flee to another province afterwards. He would need a week to prepare before killing his victim, and would have to be paid in full beforehand.
However, he said the client would have to be referred by someone he trusted. “I don’t trust anyone because they could be police investigators.
“If someone I don’t know approaches me with the deal I would not do it – instead I would report it to the police. I must know the go-between and I must trust him.”
Another Philippi man, also unemployed, Mzikayise Qwaba*, 27, said doing a hit would depend on the client’s motives. If the victim was a popular or well-known person then the price for murder would be higher because the investigation would be more thorough. Qwaba said the money would have to be enough to cover his burial costs and care for his family for a couple of months in case anything went wrong.
In the Western Cape High Court this week, Western Cape Director of Public Prosecutions Rodney de Kock read a statement to Cape Judge President John Hlophe on behalf of Tongo. Tongo said he had picked Shrien and Anni Dewani up at Cape Town International Airport on November 12. After they arrived at their hotel Shrien approached him alone and asked if he was willing to accept R15 000 to kill his new wife.
Tongo said he asked a friend to organise the killing. Two men were hired and all involved would take a share of the proceeds. Barely 36 hours after the original request, Anni Dewani was killed by a single bullet to her neck after a hijacking in Gugulethu.
This is not the first such case to appear before the Western Cape High Court. In 2007 Dina Rodrigues was jailed for 28 years after she hired four hitmen to kill the six-month-old baby of her former boyfriend. The men were paid R5 000.
And last month in Pretoria, Manda Reyneke, 47, was accused of conspiracy to murder Blue Bulls rugby player Deon Helberg, 22. Reyneke allegedly tried to hire two Nigerians to kill Helberg. – West Cape News
* Names have been changed to protect the men’s identities.