Lynne Hume: Accused's lover, son to testify

2009-02-11 00:00

BLOEMFONTEIN — Sensational evidence is expected from today in the Lynne Hume murder trial in the Free State High Court when a girlfriend and the son of accused Muzi Kunene will take the stand.

It emerged yesterday that the girlfriend, Noluthando Nazo, will probably begin testifying before Judge M.H. Rampai this morning, followed by Msebenzi Kunene. Both are in a witness protection programme.

Muzi Kunene (45), Muikeleni Khoza (26) and Mphakamiseni Khumalo (21) are accused of kidnapping and murdering Hume, a Ballito estate agent, and of committing fraud amounting to R20 000 with her cheques.

Kunene, who claims to have worked for the National Intelligence Agency, is also accused of fraud in connection with a dishonoured cheque for R637 350, which he wrote to cover three years’ rent on a luxury apartment at the Simbithi Golf estate at Salt Rock.

Nazo and Msebenzi Kunene are expected to shed light on the events that led to the discovery on October 24, 2007, of a body, which later proved to be that of Hume, in her burnt-out car near Kestell in the Free State.

According to the state’s indictment, Nazo went to Simbithi with Kunene on October 23. Khoza and Khumalo were also present. After they left, Kunene went to fetch his son, and told him to bring his BMW.

The state alleges that a woman covered by a blanket and with bound hands was taken down the stairs and put into Kunene’s BMW. Kunene, his son and the other two accused then drove off in the BMW and Hume’s Volvo, the state alleges.

David Mthembu, a security guard at Simbithi, testified yesterday that Hume and Kunene came to him on October 19 to get entrance passes to the estate for Kunene. Although Kunene’s wife was not present to have her picture taken for the card, he issued one to Kunene for her and took Kunene’s picture for his card. He testified that he knew and trusted Kunene because he had been to school with Kunene’s son.

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