Body in burnt car was Hume’s

2008-01-21 00:00

Following many months of uncertainty, the Hume family in Ballito will finally be able to lay to rest the remains of real estate agent Lynne Hume, following the positive identification of her charred remains.

A Sunday newspaper reported yesterday that DNA has postively proved that the body found in a burnt car in Kestell in the Free State on October 23 last year was indeed that of Hume.

Hume, a former Pietermaritzburg resident, disappeared under mysterious conditions when she went to meet a "client".

Hume’s family confirmed the positive identification to The Witness yesterday and the Humes are expected to give details today.

Hume’s disappearence led to the arrest of Muziwendoda Kunene in December last year.

Already facing a charge of the attempted murder of his own son, Kunene, the man entangled in the ANC hoax e-mail saga, has since been charged with Hume’s murder.

The Citizen newspaper reported last year that links between Hume and Kunene emerged: in late October, Kunene contacted the Pam Golding estate agency in Ballito. He claimed that he and his wife earned R110 000 per month and using "Doctor Danny Oppenheimer" as one reference, Kunene arranged to rent an apartment in the luxury Simbithi estate — saying he wanted to pay three years’ rent in advance.

Kunene handed a cheque to the estate agency to cover three years’ rent — well over R600 000 — and took possession of keys to the flat.

However, shortly afterwards he cancelled the cheque and asked to meet Hume at Simbithi. He claimed to have found faults, including a leaky roof and dangerous floor, in the flat.

Simbithi, a luxury and heavily- guarded estate, is newly-built. Body corporate sources told the Citizen that the flat Kunene wanted to rent has never leaked.

The paper reported that at 12.21 pm on October 23, Hume was recorded as entering Simbithi estate. At roughly the same time, Kunene was recorded entering Simbithi and entering the flat, said the Citizen.

Strangely, two hours after entering Simbithi an SMS was sent from Hume’s phone to her office, telling staff she had to cancel the Kunene appointment to attend to urgent business in Durban.

At roughly the same time, several ATM withdrawals were made from Hume’s bank accounts. The Citizen established that first a balance inquiry was made, then two withdrawals of large amounts of cash. Another two withdrawal attempts failed.

The Citizen said all these transactions occurred in Stanger and police have taken possession of electronic recordings of the transactions.

At around 3 pm that afternoon, Kunene arrived at the Pam Golding offices saying Hume never arrived at the complex.

At 9.30 pm that night, Kunene’s car, together with one presumed to be Hume’s, was recorded leaving the estate in convoy. At 3 am the following morning, Hume’s burnt-out Volvo was discovered in the Free State. A badly burned female body with a gunshot wound was found.

Police have confirmed that another suspect from Msinga (Tugela Ferry) has been arrested and a third one is being sought.

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