On Monday, the murder case of Eskom employee Thembisile Yende was postponed by the Springs Magistrate’s Court for further investigation

David Ngwenya, 43, a technician at Eskom, allegedly murdered Yende after he suspected that she was about to blow the whistle on a copper theft syndicate. He is facing charges of premeditated murder.

Ngwenya terminated his mandate with his previous legal representative and was being represented by a new counsel on Monday.

The matter was postponed to 18 September for further investigation.

Yende went missing on 17 May, and her body was discovered in the storeroom at the Pietersboth substation, after her office and the substation was searched by officers who found nothing.

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Ngwenya was arrested on 15 June and was denied bail at his previous appearance on 29 June, after he failed to show exceptional circumstances why he should be released on bail.


During the bail application, the court heard that the murder scene looked like it was “staged” to make it look like Yende had committed suicide.

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

Yende’s older brother, Jabu Yende, said that his sister had been the pillar of his family and that her death had affected them, as well as their community.

Following court proceedings, Nester Yende, the mother of Thembisile, said she felt lost because an Eskom employee had allegedly kidnapped her child and her child’s body had been found decomposed on their premises.

“Is Eskom helping me or not ? The masterminds must show themselves and that will set me free.”

Author: ANA Newswire