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Muziwendoda Kunene, the man caught up in the hoax e-mail saga, tried to kill his son to silence him, the Atteridgeville magistrate's court heard yesterday.
And now the IT specialist might be charged with the murder of an estate agent. Details pertinent to murder of the estate agent were not revealed in court.
Kunene was arrested on Thursday for allegedly shooting his 24-year-old son, Msebenzi Kunene, on November 12.
His mother, Belinda, described her son as a drug addict who might have been paid to fabricate lies. "He may have been paid because he does not work and he needs money to satisfy his cravings."
Magistrate Allan Cowan heard that Kunene's son is a witness in the murder of an estate agent for which his father might be implicated.
Kunene allegedly shot his son in the ear after which the bullet exited from his mouth.
Kunene's lawyer, Imraan Haffegee, tried in vain to convince the magistrate to release Kunene from custody, citing his client's safety as the main reason he should be released.
Magistrate Cowan ruled that Kunene should be kept in custody to give the state a chance to conduct further investigations, but ordered the state to undertake that Kunene's safety was not compromised.
Haffegee applied for Kunene to be kept in solitary confinement for his safety, but the state said the Atteridgeville police station had limited facilities. It, however, undertook to ensure Kunene's safety.
Kunene's wife, Belinda, said she feared for her husband's life and that of her own. She said she believed her husband is being framed.
"With everything going on and what he [Muziwendoda] has said, it is obvious that he is being framed," said Belinda.
Asked what kind of a person Msebenzi, Kunene's son, is, Belinda said he was troublesome, a drug addict and an alcoholic.
About the murder charge she said: "We have not heard anything official yet. He has not been charged. We are still waiting for the formal charge."
She said their house was monitored with spy devices.
"Our phones are bugged, so we cannot talk or do anything freely," she said before being whisked away by former spy boss, Billy Masetlha, who was in court to support Kunene.
Kunene was remanded in custody and will appear again at the Atteridgeville magistrate's court on Friday for a formal bail application.