Eskom’s Yende murder case delayed

MURDERED: Thembisile Yende. Picture: Supplied

Murdered Eskom employee Thembisile Yende’s family have not found closure since her death and are hoping that whoever killed her will be jailed for a long time.

Yende’s mother Nesta said she would only find closure when the person behind her daughter’s murder was found.

Nesta was speaking yesterday outside the Springs Magistrate’s Court where Yende’s lover, David Ngwenya, who is a technician at Eskom, briefly appeared in court.

He is accused of killing Yende and dumping her lifeless body at the Pieterboth substation after she went missing on May 17. He was arrested on June 15.

It is believed that he killed her after he suspected that she would spill the beans on his involvement in a copper cable theft syndicate.

“I am still in pain. Every 17th of every month I remember how my child was found decomposed,” Nesta said.

Ngwenya was denied bail last month and yesterday the court heard that he needed a new lawyer since he had fired his previous attorney.

This is fter he failed to show exceptional circumstances why he should be released on bail.

Magistrate Cornell Pretorius ruled that Ngwenya should have done more than just deny the charges of premeditated murder against him.

The court heard that her murder scene looked like it was staged to make it look like Yende committed suicide.

Ngwenya stands accused of injecting Yende with a substance, before striking her head with a crowbar and subsequently suffocating and strangling her during a struggle.

A small group of women protested outside the court, with some saying Ngwenya must rot in jail.

During his previous appearances, the court heard that Ngwenya did not act alone, but with two suspects who are still at large.

According to an investigating officer to the case, a witness – a sangoma – had come to the police station after the suspect and two others came to him and told him details about the commission of the crime, asking for a cleansing ceremony on two occasions.

Police spokesperson Sgt Harry Manaka said police were still waiting for forensic evidence.

“We are also still looking for other outstanding suspects in the matter and we believe very soon we will make arrests‚“ he said.

Outside the court a group of men and women chanted slogans while some shouted that Ngwenya must rot in jail.

The case was postponed to September 18 for further investigations.