‘Family cannot forgive Kunene’

2009-06-01 00:00

BLOEMFONTEIN — He and his family cannot forgive those who murdered his wife, Lynne, Mark Hume said after IT consultant Muzi Kunene (46) was yesterday handed a life sentence in the Free State high court for Lynne Hume’s murder and a further 30 years for robbery, kidnapping and fraud.

He has no sympathy with Kunene for having to go to prison for such a long time. His wife was brutally murdered, said Hume about the events of October 23, 2007, when his wife, a Ballito estate agent, was kidnapped, tied up on the front seat of her car that night at Kestell, shot through the head and set alight.

Judge M.H. Rampai sentenced each of Kunene’s two accomplices, Muikeleni Khoza (26) and Mphakamiseni Khumalo (21), to 25 years in prison on charges of kidnapping and murder. Each of them will have to serve an effective 23 years.

Hume said he is glad they have now reached the end of a long road since his wife’s disappearance the day she went to see Kunene in the luxury Sabuthi apartments on the Simbithi estate at Ballito about his R637 350 bounced cheque.

His family and relatives have been waiting ever since her death until yesterday to try and close a chapter.

Now they have to get on with their lives, which have been seriously disrupted. He gave up his job, but hopefully that would also change now.

Judge Rampai said during sentencing that he has never before felt so uncomfortable about sentencing someone.

Kunene matriculated from a very good school. Kunene’s former headmaster, Dr Sibusiso Bengu, later became minister of education. The school has also produced a Cape judge – and Kunene, who today is seen as a wizard in the computer world.

“I am tempted to say you could have become a Shuttleworth of that world, but for some strange reason you chose the criminal path.”

He said Mrs Hume was lured into a trap. She was held captive for nine hours in the flat before being taken over hills and mountains and streams and rivers on the lonely road in the night to the gravel road at Kestell.

“I shudder to think what she must have gone through. She was tied up on the front seat of her beautiful car and then shot dead. Flammable fuel was poured over her and she was charred.

“In the silence of the court I can almost hear distant voices saying, ‘Say no more’.”

“I am tempted to say you could have become a Shuttleworth … but for some strange reason you chose the criminal path.”

Judge M.H. Rampai

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