Kunene planning to take up law ‘so he can prove he’s innocent’

2009-06-01 00:00

He is going to master the law in jail in order to demonstrate his innocence. So says the flamboyant Muzi Kunene (46), IT-specialist and convicted murderer who was sentenced yesterday to life in prison.

Kunene told Volksblad newspaper in an exclusive interview after his sentencing that he is no Shabir Shaik who is going to get sick in prison. He intends to spend his time studying. His wife, Belinda, must find out whether there is still time for him to register for the Unisa law course.

According to Kunene, law will be a new direction for him, and he will have to abandon his studies in computer science. He claims to have three diplomas and two masters degrees in this field as well as marketing and was busy with doctoral studies.

The man who appeared every day in the court in expensive, fashionable suits will have to exchange these for a bright orange prison suit, but he intends to fight for his life. The only way to do this is to study the law so that he can prove his innocence, “even if it takes me my whole life”.

He accepts the verdict and sentence. However, he claims that the wrong person was brought before judge M.H. Rampai to be tried and sentenced for the murder of Lynne Hume of Ballito. “I live in the hope that the truth will come out. I lost the battle, but not the war,” he said.

Nevertheless, he doesn’t intend to waste time crying over the situation. “I have many talents which I can apply in prison. There is much that I can teach the people there,” he said.

He does not expect President Jacob Zuma, of whom he is a supporter, to help him, says the man who, according to a statement written by himself, was involved in ANC structures from his youth and was active in the underground structures of the liberation movement.

“Zuma has lots of work to do. There is far too much violent and other sorts of crime that must be combatted,” he said.

During his trial Kunene claimed that the police and others plotted against him in a conspiracy, which involved past president Thabo Mbeki, the National Intelligence Agency and his son in an attempt to get him out of the way.

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