On Monday, June 26, the Springs Magistrate’s Court, on the East Rand, heard that a key witness in the murder of Eskom staff Thembisile Yende had told the police that she was murdered because she had wanted to expose an illegal dealing involving her alleged killer.
Yende’s alleged killer David Ngwenya, 44, with the help of two other men, killed the Eskom employee because he realized that their secret is no longer safe.
Ngwenya is Yende’s colleague and is said to be in a romantic affair with her – although he denied this when he appeared at the Springs Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
On the day of her death, the 29-year-old mother of one was injected with a drug to weaken her and was then taken to the Pieterboth electricity-supply substation where she was beaten and strangled.
The killers then hid her body for three days before dumping it in a storeroom to give the impression she had committed suicide, investigating officer Christo Lotz said during bail application.
“Ngwenya was with two other men who assisted him and for whom the police are still looking. He contacted them warning them that their secret was no longer safe and that Yende must be killed. The postmortem revealed that she fought back but was overpowered,” Lotz added.
Yende, who had been an employee of Eskom since December 2015 had sustained head injuries and bruises on her neck before she died.
Her lifeless body was found in an office at the isolated Eskom Pietersboth substation in Spring, Ekurhuleni in late May. This was after she was reported missing by her family on May 17.
On the day of her disappearance, the closed circuit camera picked her up when she arrived at work in the morning. But moments later, there was no movement traced by the camera.
Facts You Need To Know
- David Ngwenya is married with three children aged 17,12 and 11.
- He was arrested in Carletonville, west of Johannesburg last Thursday.
- Ngwenya was charged with premeditated murder, with the state arguing that the case should be viewed as a schedule six offense.
- In an affidavit read out in court on Monday morning, Ngwenya finally confirmed that he works at Eskom as a technician.
- Yende was a whistleblower in the alleged copper theft syndicate involving Ngwenya and two other men.
- Ngwenya allegedly spoke to three people before the murder in order to tell them that Yende was allegedly a whistleblower.
- The murder was allegedly staged to look like a suicide.
Meanwhile, the bail application for Eskom technician, David Ngwenya continues today in the Springs Magistrate Court.