Family demands answers
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.