Killer Kunene in court

CONVICTED murderer and IT specialist Muziwendoda Kunene appeared in the Pretoria regional court yesterday on charges of attempted murder and defeating the ends of justice.

CONVICTED murderer and IT specialist Muziwendoda Kunene appeared in the Pretoria regional court yesterday on charges of attempted murder and defeating the ends of justice.

Kunene, 46, was accompanied by five guards, three of whom were armed with R5 rifles.

Kunene shot to fame in 2005 when he was implicated in a hoax e-mail saga that led to the sacking of Billy Ma-setlha as the head of the National Intelligence Agency by then president Thabo Mbeki.

The e-mails were purported to be evidence of a conspiracy aimed at discrediting the ANC's then deputy president Jacob Zuma.

Kunene is serving a life term for the murder of KwaZulu-Natal estate agent Lynne Hume on October 23 2007.

He is currently facing charges of attempting to murder his son Msebenziwenkosi Kunene on November 21 2007.

It is alleged his son was shot to prevent him testifying against his father over the murder of Hume.

Kunene also faces charges of defeating the ends of justice for allegedly making a false statement to the police.

He claimed he had been shot by two men in Pretoria in November 2007.

But investigations revealed that he had shot himself in the hand.

The matter was postponed to August 26 for setting a trial date.

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