Case provisionally withdrawn
Further investigation is required, the DPP says, but magistrate Daphne Janse van Vuuren said it could be reinstated
IN A move that has caused shock, the murder case against murder-accused David Ngwenya, 44, for allegedly killing Eskom employee Thembisile Yende, 36, was yesterday provisionally withdrawn by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).
NPA’s spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said the matter was provisionally withdrawn pending further investigations as per instructions by the office of the DPP in Gauteng.
Ngwenya appeared briefly in the Springs Magistrate’s Court where magistrate Daphne Jansen van Vuuren said the DPP had made a decision to provisionally withdraw the case but warned that could be reinstated at a later stage.
The case is among the highprofile femicide cases that have grabbed newspaper headlines recently.
The Eskom technician allegedly murdered Yende after he suspected she was going to expose his alleged involvement in a copper cable theft syndicate in 2017.
Yende’s body was found locked in an office at the Pieterboth substation in Springs, after she had been reported missing for more than a week.
Ngwenya was accused of injecting Yende with a substance before allegedly striking her head with a crowbar and subsequently suffocating and strangling her after a struggle.
The NUM acting spokesperson, Phakamile Hlubi, said NUM was shocked and disappointed that the case has been provisionally withdrawn, as Yende was murdered at her workplace and that she didn’t kill herself. “The substation is very restricted and she was found in a locked office inside,” she said.
Hlubi said it was dismaying and alarming to realise that a year after her death, police haven’t found someone responsible for her death.
“The Yende family is very disappointed in the judicial system, the way the police handled the case and Eskom conducted themselves.” Hlubi said the NPA and police should demonstrate that they take cases seriously, and prove the system doesn’t favour the rich and commit themselves in finding those who killed Yende.
“Eskom has a lot to answer to for the death of her. Eskom did nothing about her unsafe working conditions before she passed.
“If what the family is saying is true about the withholding of footage, we are urging them to do everything possible in finding her killers,” Hlubi said.
Ngwenya was released on R15000 bail in December last year.
SCOT FREE: The case against David Ngwenya who was accused of killing Eskom employee Thembisile Yende, above, has been withdrawn.