Kunene guilty of shooting son

2013-10-17 00:00

A FORMER ANC computer fundi, who shot his son, has been described by a magistrate as a cunning and dangerous person.

Pretoria magistrate David Makhoba sent Muziwendoda (Muzi) Kunene to jail for 14 years. He also has strong links to MK.

Makhoba said that Kunene also shot himself in the hand “to manipulate the incident to suit him”.

He was found guilty of defeating the ends of justice, making a false affidavit and attempting to murder his son, Mosebenziwenkosi, who was due to testify against his father in another murder case.

His prison sentence will run concurrently with a life sentence he is currently serving. Kunene had been sentenced to life imprisonment in May 2009 after he had been found guilty in the Bloemfontein high court on charges of murder, kidnapping, robbery and fraud.

He kidnapped and murdered real estate agent Lynne Hume in October 2007.

The prosecutor, advocate Avinash Rampararat, submitted yesterday that Kunene shot his son a month after Hume’s murder.

His son, who at the time was 26 years old, would have been one of the witnesses against his father in the Hume case.

Kunene junior was also with his father in November 2007 when he shot himself in the hand, but refused to see a doctor. His son and wife had to drop him in Pretoria East where he had an important appointment with journalists.

After he had been dropped off, Kunene senior called for help and alleged to police, in the presence of paramedics and media, that he had been attacked by two men who wanted to silence him.

Shortly afterwards Kunene junior testified that he had been waiting with his father in bushes between Johannesburg and Pretoria for someone who was supposed to bring his father money.

He said the moment he turned his back he was shot three times. He was hit at the back of his head and his jaw and most of his teeth were splintered.

Makhoba said it was only by the grace of God that the son survived.

In 2009 Kunene senior was acquitted on charges that he had been involved in the so-called “false e-mail case” where senior ANC members apparently conspired against President Jacob Zuma.

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