Case pro­vi­sion­ally with­drawn

Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion is re­quired, the DPP says, but mag­is­trate Daphne Janse van Vu­uren said it could be re­in­stated

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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.

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