Fam­ily de­mands an­swers

The New Age (Free State) - - FRONT PAGE - DIKELEDI RAMABOPA dikeledir@the­newage.co.za

THE FAM­ILY of the slain Them­bisile Lu­cia Yende are de­mand­ing an­swers from Eskom fol­low­ing her mys­te­ri­ous death at one of the power util­ity’s sub sta­tions.

They will march to Eskom Pi­eter­both Sub­sta­tion to­day to de­mand an­swers. Yende was an em­ployee at Eskom, where she last re­ported for duty and her car was found in the park­ing lot. She went miss­ing for two weeks and was found dead on Mon­day in her of­fice that was locked through­out the 13- day search.

Eskom spokesper­son Khulu Phasiwe said they found the events around her death con­fus­ing and sus­pects some­one may have tam­pered with their sur­veil­lance sys­tem. “But at some point, the cam­era was switched off, so it’s not clear as to what has hap­pened there and that will form part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” he said.

Fam­ily spokesper­son Mbo­neni Yende said that they will be pick­et­ing to de­mand an­swers be­cause Eskom claims their cam­eras were not work­ing on the day she went miss­ing. “Thembi was found dead in her of­fice, it took 13 days for Eskom to find my sis­ter who was ac­tu­ally inside their premises.

“Eskom must tell us what they are hid­ing. These are the very same premises that were searched by the Nigel police with the K9 dogs, they searched the day af­ter she went miss­ing but why was she not found on that day when they searched. Now, all of a sud­den, af­ter we have de­cided on a fam­ily ini­tia­tive search she is found inside,” he said.

He said that nor­mally dur­ing the day there is se­cu­rity but there was no se­cu­rity at the time of her dis­ap­pear­ance.

Yende said that they were stopped in iden­ti­fy­ing the body of Thembi at the scene be­fore she was re­moved.

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