Fam­ily of Yende plan march for jus­tice

Plea for in­for­ma­tion about other two sus­pects still at large

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - MASABATA MKWANANZI @Sa­bie_M

THE FAM­ILY of Them­bisile Yende have vowed to fight un­til jus­tice is served on those be­hind her mys­te­ri­ous killing.

The griev­ing fam­ily wants to see their daugh­ter’s killers be­hind bars be­fore they put plans in mo­tion to open a foun­da­tion in her name that would pre­serve her mem­ory.

The man ac­cused of killing Eskom em­ployee Yende briefly ap­peared in the Springs Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day. The case was post­poned to Septem­ber 18 for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

David Ng­wenya, a tech­ni­cian at the power util­ity, was de­nied bail last month af­ter mag­is­trate Cor­nell Pre­to­rius said his ev­i­dence fell short of sat­is­fy­ing the court that ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances ex­isted.

Fam­ily spokesper­son, Mbo­neni Yende, said the fam­ily was frus­trated be­cause two other sus­pects are still at large; only one has been ar­rested and is deny­ing that he killed Yende.

He added that once the fam­ily knows that the other two sus­pects have been ar­rested then things will start to make sense to them.

“At the mo­ment, noth­ing is re­ally mak­ing sense. Ng­wenya is deny­ing ev­ery­thing,” said Mbo­neni.

He said they had not had any con­tact with the Ng­wenya fam­ily and pleaded with them to come for­ward and in­form the po­lice about the where­abouts of the other two sus­pects.

The court heard that Yende was in­jected with a drug to weaken her, be­fore she was beaten and stran­gled at an elec­tric­ity sup­ply sub­sta­tion.

The court also heard that Ng­wenya and Yende were ro­man­ti­cally in­volved.

The fam­ily de­nied that, say­ing the only per­son they knew to have been in­volved with Yende was her part­ner, only known as Paseka.

Mbo­neni also said Yende had com­plained about Ng­wenya to her mother be­fore she was mur­dered. How­ever, it had noth­ing to do with them be­ing in a re­la­tion­ship.

“We have given the in­for­ma­tion to the po­lice and we were ad­vised not to talk about it, as it is part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” said Mbo­neni.

He said in the spirit of keep­ing Yende’s name alive, they had reg­is­tered a foun­da­tion as a me­di­a­tor be­tween the po­lice and crime vic­tims. The fam­ily re­alised that most peo­ple lay charges that end up be­com­ing cold cases.

They hope the new foun­da­tion, to be called the Them­bisile Lu­cia Yende Foun­da­tion, would speed up the process for vic­tims to get jus­tice.

It is due to start op­er­at­ing around Oc­to­ber.

The fam­ily also plans on hav­ing a march, “the ac­tive voices march”, on Thurs­day to hand over a mem­o­ran­dum to the min­is­ter of po­lice and the De­part­ment of Jus­tice. They said af­ter Yende’s case, sim­i­lar cases started be­ing re­ported and they will be join­ing forces with other NGOs in KwaThema.

They will be march­ing to Springs po­lice sta­tion and have in­vited the fam­ily of Karabo Mokoena, who is sus­pected to have been mur­dered by her part­ner in May, to march with them.

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