Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Are you going to kill me?

Barbara Cole

February 10 2009 at 12:13PM

"Are you going to kill me?" Ballito estate agent Lynne Hume asked the armed gang which is alleged to have done just that.

She said this at some stage on what was to be her last journey, it has emerged in papers at the Bloemfontein high court, where three men stand accused of her murder and kidnapping.

Hume, 47, was driven to a dirt road in the Kestell district in the Free State and it is alleged that she was put into the passenger seat of her own Volvo car. She was then shot and the car set alight.

Her body was badly burnt and could only be identified by DNA tests.

In the dock are former pastor Mzwendoda Kunene, 45, of Seaward Estate, Ballito, and Mumukeleni Khoza, 26, and Mphakamiseni Khumalo, 21, both of Msinga, near Greytown, who have pleaded "not guilty" to the murder and kidnapping of Hume on October 23, 2007.

They also face a charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances, as they allegedly used a gun or other dangerous weapon to force Hume to hand over her Volvo, three cheques, a bank card and R1 000 in cash.

They are also charged with fraud relating to R20 000 belonging to the victim, alternatively, theft.

Kunene also faces a further charge of fraud relating to a dud cheque for R637 350 for three years' rent of a flat in upmarket Simbiti Golf-Eco Estate at Salt Rock.

Kunene and Khumalo will tell the court they had alibis at the time, were somewhere else and were not involved in the crimes.

Prosecutor, advocate Amanda Bester revealed that Kunene's son, Msebenziwenkosi, whom the court papers state was called to Simbiti by his father on October 23 and was with the three accused at the murder scene is to be a witness for the state.

The court heard on Monday that Kunene, senior, is facing a charge in another court of attempting to murder his son. Kunene, junior, is now in the witness protection programme.

Kunene, junior, the papers say had allegedly been asked by his father to take his father's BMW to Simbiti where he saw a woman covered by a blanket or duvet walking down the stairs. Her hands were tied and she got into the BMW.

Kunene, senior, had allegedly given Sally Davidson, who worked at Lynne and Mark Hume's rental business, which operated under the Pam Golding umbrella, a cheque for R637 350 which was later referred to the drawer for insufficient funds.

Hume told Davidson, who will give evidence today (Tuesday) that she was going to see Kunene at the flat about the problem with the cheque as well as the maintenance problem.

She left the office at noon and was never seen again.

Lauren McDonald, who also worked for the victim, said she had shown Kunene around the flat, which was at Sabuthi on the Simbiti Estate.

Later she had been sitting next to Hume in the office and saw Kunene filling in a lease agreement and a questionnaire.

She had waved goodbye to Hume on October 23 and that afternoon received a text message from Hume's cellphone saying she had to go to Durban in a hurry as something had come up.

At about 3.30am the next morning, she got another sms from Hume's cellphone saying she had to go away for a while and could she please help her and write her a receipt for the full amount of the lease agreement (R637 350).

Kunene would be coming in to the office the next morning to collect it, the message said.

It was unusual for Hume to send a sms at that time in the morning and also unusual for her to ask her to write out a receipt.

The message said that she, Hume, had to go away as Mark had cheated on her "and that was also strange", she said.

She said Kunene came into the office later that day to say he had missed an appointment with Hume and that he would be going to Johannesburg.

Kunene's lawyer, Jan Nkhahle, said if the various documents relating to the flat were filled in, they had not been done by Kunene as he was in Pretoria at the time.

The victim's husband, Mark, and his daughter, Kirsty, stopped at the scene of the murder at Kestell on their way to Bloemfontein on Sunday to place roses for their wife and mother.

His other daughter Samantha flew in from Cape Town with her aunt, Jenny Williams.

Hume and Samantha will give evidence today (Tuesday) and will then join the rest of the family, including the victim's parents, Bunty and Arthur Williams, in the public gallery.

This article was originally published on page 1 of Daily News on February 10, 2009


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