Yende mur­der ac­cused pos­si­bly a se­nior Eskom em­ployee

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CON­FLICT­ING re­ports on whether the man ac­cused of killing Them­bisile Yende was a se­nior Eskom em­ployee have emerged fol­low­ing a break­through in the mur­der case.

David Ng­wenya was ar­rested on Thurs­day in Car­letonville and ap­peared in the Springs Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day on charges of pre­med­i­tated mur­der for Yende’s death.

This comes as po­lice con­firmed to The Star that Yende might have been mur­dered else­where and brought to the Eskom sub­sta­tion in Sel­court, Springs, where she worked.

Phakamile Hlubi, spokesper­son for me­tal­work­ers’ union Numsa, told The Star that ac­cord­ing to a pre­lim­i­nary re­port the union car­ried out, it ap­peared Ng­wenya was an em­ployee of Eskom.

“As a recog­nised trade union at Eskom, we have a sub­stan­tial rep­re­sen­ta­tion at the com­pany. So within our own mem­bers, we were able to de­ter­mine who he is and his po­si­tion at the com­pany. He is pos­si­bly a se­nior su­per­vi­sor in that re­gion,” Hlubi said.

“We took the name (of Ng­wenya) and put it into our sys­tem. And our mem­bers were able to con­firm there is a David Ng­wenya em­ployed by Eskom. Now, if it is the same David Ng­wenya who was ar­rested for this crime, then this David Ng­wenya is a se­nior su­per­vi­sor at Eskom – he is a man­ager in that re­gion,” Hlubi as­serted.

She added: “If it is true that Ng­wenya is a se­nior su­per­vi­sor at Eskom, then we, as Numsa, be­lieve Eskom has no choice but to take full re­spon­si­bil­ity for Yende’s death.”

How­ever, po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Jo­hannes Ram­phora said he could not con­firm whether Ng­wenya was an em­ployee at Eskom, adding that the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion would de­ter­mine his links to the power util­ity.

“We are still try­ing to de­ter­mine who he was op­er­at­ing with when he al­legedly mur­dered Them­bisile.

“We are also search­ing for this car the sus­pects were us­ing when the al­leged crime was com­mit­ted. We be­lieve they were us­ing a white BMW when this mur­der took place.”

On the de­tails sur­round­ing Yende’s death, Ram­phora said: “From the in­for­ma­tion we gath­ered from our in­ves­ti­ga­tions, it ap­pears she was mur­dered some­where else and brought to the plant af­ter she was dead. But this can only be con­firmed as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion un­folds.”

This cor­re­lates with what another po­lice spokesper­son, Sergeant Harry Manaka, told The Star last month, when he said this could ex­plain why snif­fer dogs did not de­tect Yende’s scent at the sub­sta­tion when a search was con­ducted fol­low­ing her dis­ap­pear­ance.

Asked whether Ng­wenya’s ar­rest meant that there was in­volve­ment of Eskom em­ploy­ees in Yende’s death, con­sid­er­ing that some­one with ac­cess to the plant would have helped place Yende’s body there, Ram­phora said: “Our in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­volve both within and out­side of Eskom, as there is a pos­si­bil­ity that Eskom em­ploy­ees were in­volved at the time of the dis­posal of Them­bisile’s body, but, as I said, the in­ves­ti­ga­tions will re­veal fur­ther de­tails.”

Yende’s de­com­pos­ing body was found in an of­fice at the Eskom plant with her head cov­ered in a black plas­tic bag, al­most two weeks af­ter she went miss­ing on her way to work.

Her brother, Mbo­neni, told The Star that his mother “had an idea” who the sus­pect was, but did not elab­o­rate.

Ram­phora said he could not re­veal whether they had a strong case against Ng­wenya.

Ng­wenya was re­fused bail and will ap­pear again in court on Fri­day.

MUR­DERED: Them­bisile Yende

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