Easy to find a hit­man in city – for only R5 000

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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.

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