Accused Muzi Kunene claims Hume worked with him in secret

2009-02-10 00:00

BLOEMFONTEIN — Lynne Hume, the former Ballito estate agent whose burnt body was found in her car near Kestell in the Free State, worked secretly with one of her alleged murderders, it was alleged in the high court here yesterday.

Muzi Kunene put it to Hume’s husband that Kunene worked for the National Intelligence Agency as an IT specialist, and that Hume was set to testify for him in the e-mail hoax scandal, in which he was recently acquitted.

He alleged that he had known Hume since the 1980s, and that she stored certain data for him.

Hume’s husband, Mark, strongly denied these allegations, put to him by advocate Jan Nkhahle, on behalf of Kunene, and said he does not believe Kunene’s claims.

Nkhahle also put it to Mark Hume that his wife was once a member of the End Conscription Campaign in secret.

Mark Hume replied: “No”.

Nkhahle said Kunene had discovered that someone else was pretending to be him. “We are busy tracing someone who will testify about this.”

Kunene will testify that Lynne Hume was, since the beginning of 2007, his contact to obtain accommodation. She found him temporary accommodation through an agency other than the one she worked for.

Kunene and two co-accused have pleaded not guilty before Judge M.H. Rampai to murdering Hume on October 23, 2007 near Kestell and setting her vehicle alight, with her body inside. They also deny charges of kidnapping and fraud.

Nkhahle put it to Sally Davidson, a colleague of Hume’s, that from October 15 Kunene was in Pretoria and only returned to KZN on October 27.

Kunene will testify that a policeman came to his home early on October 15 and took some of his possessions, including two laptops, three cellphones, about 10 business files, a satellite tracking system, a photo album, his business chequebook, his BMW car and other equipment.

Davidson said she could not answer on the issue.

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