A taxi driver has been arrested over the murder of a woman on her honeymoon in Cape Town, South Africa, making him the third suspect in her killing.

31-year-old taxi driver Zola Tongo is being charged with kidnapping and murder.

Anni Dewani, 28, was killed after the taxi she and her husband, Shrien, were travelling in was hijacked.

The honeymoon couple had asked Tongo, whom they had met at the airport, to drive them through the poverty-stricken township of Gugulethu so that they could experience ‘the real Africa’.

However within minutes of leaving the motorway, two gunmen hijacked the taxi. 

Mr Dewani, 31, and the taxi driver were released unharmed by the kidnappers, but Mrs Dewani was found dead in the taxi the following morning in the Khayelitsha township.

According to South African police, she had been shot in the back of the neck.

Two men have already been arrested in connection with the murder and a third suspect, the taxi driver, was arrested on Saturday.

All three were charged with murder, kidnapping and aggravated robbery at a court hearing in Cape Town this morning.

Details of Tongo’s involvement have not been revealed but it has been reported locally that during the drive he phoned a friend and told them what the honeymoon couple were planning and where in the township they were planning to go.

Dewani admitted that he was initially suspicious of the taxi driver, saying in an interview:

“Initially I had a lot of suspicion about the driver. But he spent all of Sunday helping the police and was able to answer all the police’s questions.

“By the end of it, I quite liked him.”

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