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MUR­DERED Eskom em­ployee Them­bisile Yende was in­jected with a drug to weaken her, be­fore she was beaten and stran­gled at an elec­tric­ity-sup­ply sub­sta­tion.

This was heard dur­ing the sec­ond day of mur­der ac­cused David Ng­wenya’s bail ap­pli­ca­tion hear­ing in the Springs Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day.

The in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer, Colonel Christo Lotz, told the court that the post-mortem showed that Yende had fought back, but was ap­par­ently over­pow­ered by the 44-year-old and two other men.

It was heard on Mon­day that the 30-year-old woman was go­ing to ex­pose il­le­gal deal­ings in cop­per in­volv­ing Ng­wenya.

Ng­wenya, who con­firmed that he is an Eskom em­ployee, has de­nied that he com­mit­ted pre­med­i­tated mur­der.

The State ar­gued that the case should be viewed as a sched­ule six of­fence.

The two men who al­legedly helped Ng­wenya are still at large.

“He (Ng­wenya) warned the men that their se­cret was no longer safe and that she must be killed,” said Lotz in re­la­tion to the cop­per deal­ings.

The of­fi­cer tes­ti­fied that Yende’s body was kept hid­den for three days and was later dumped in a store­room to give the im­pres­sion that she had com­mit­ted sui­cide.

Ng­wenya was ar­rested after a witness made a state­ment to the po­lice.

He was also pointed out in an iden­tity pa­rade by the same witness.

Lotz told the court that the witness had fled Soweto after a threat was made on his life.

The court heard that an­other key witness, who is re­lated to one of the ac­cused, had come for­ward stat­ing that the men had al­legedly asked him not to iden­tify them by pro­tect­ing them as he was a tra­di­tional healer.

This was ques­tioned by Ng­wenya’s ad­vo­cate, François Roets, who said it was im­pos­si­ble for an in­di­vid­ual to do so.

Lotz said Ng­wenya was al­legedly ro­man­ti­cally in­volved with Yende, but Ng­wenya de­nied this.

It was re­vealed in the af­fi­davit that was read to the court that Ng­wenya was em­ployed at Eskom and was mar­ried with three chil­dren.

The State ar­gued that Ng­wenya shouldn’t get bail be­cause had a pass­port and was a flight risk, and that he could jeopardise the case as one witness had al­ready gone miss­ing.

Yende’s mother, Nest, said she had emails prov­ing that things had turned sour be­tween the ac­cused and her daugh­ter.

“That is my proof that I will show to the judge,” she said.

She added that she op­posed bail for mur­der­ers. “No bail. Jus­tice must be served,” she said.

To­mor­row, Ng­wenya will hear whether he will be granted bail.

Them­bisile Yende

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