Son tells of Lynne Hume’s death

2009-02-16 00:00

Bloemfontein — Two shots rang out. A short while later, he had to go and check whether the car was burning, Msebenzi Kunene (25) testified yesterday. His testimony related to the last minutes of Ballito estate agent Lynne Hume (47) before she was either shot to death or died in a fire at Kestell in the eastern Free State.

Kunene also testified that his father, first accused Muzi Kunene, told him Hume had to be dealt with because she was a close ally of former president Thabo Mbeki.

Thanks to Kunene’s testimony, various pieces of the puzzle of what happened to Hume on October 23, 2007 started falling into place.

Hume’s body was found in the passenger seat of her burnt-out car on a gravel road. Her hands had been tied with wire.

Kunene testified that on the rainy evening of his 26th birthday, he and two of his father’s alleged accomplices drove with Hume from his father’s luxury flat in Ballito to the eastern Free State, following his father, who was driving Hume’s Volvo.

His father (45), Muikeleni Khoza (26), and Mphakamiseni Khumalo (21) are standing trial on changes of abducting, killing and robbing Hume, and of committing fraud with her cheques.

Kunene jnr testified that Hume was quiet as she sat in the back seat of his father’s BMW between Khoza and Khumalo. Her hands were bound and she was covered with a blanket.

When he was alone with her in the car, she asked: “Are you going to kill me?”.

He didn’t have an answer for her.

Late that night near Bethlehem his father was driving to and fro. He seemed to be looking for the right place to do what he wanted to do.

His father stopped on a gravel road. His father and Khoza took Hume from the car and put her in the passenger seat of her car.

The two drove away with her, telling him to wait for them at the tarred road.

After a while, he heard two shots. A while later they arrived back at the car. They drove up and down the tarred road to see if the other car was burning, but couldn’t see the flames.

His father then sent him to check, because his father had sprained his ankle on the way back to the car.

He and Khoza went. Khoza was carrying a pistol and handcuffs.

The front passenger seat was covered in flames. The windows were shut. Khoza opened the driver’s door. Then the flames “got big”. He closed the door again.

They returned to the BMW. He had to drive up and down on the tarred road until his father was sure the Volvo was burning, Kunene testified.

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