The case against David Ngwenya, the man accused of killing Eskom staff Thembisile Yende has been postponed to 18 September for further investigation.
Ngwenya appeared in Springs Magistrate’s court in Ekurhuleni on Monday where he was denied bail for the second time.
Last month, the court declined to grant him bail after he failed to prove exceptional circumstances for why he should be released on bail. During the bail hearing, the court submitted that it strongly believes Ngwenya would evade his trial if granted bail.
The 44-year-old believed to be Yende’s lover alleged killed her by hitting her over the head with a crowbar and strangling her.
The suspect, according to the state, planned and executed the murder with the help of two other men who are still at large. Police spokesperson Sergeant Harry Manaka said police are still waiting for forensic evidence and still looking for other outstanding suspects in the matter.
He urged members of the public with useful information about the duo’s whereabout to kindly visit any nearest police station.
The court heard that Yende was killed by her lover as she was planning to expose his illegal dealings in copper to the management. Her decomposed body was found two weeks after the crime.
Yende’s mother, Nesta Yende told reporters outside the Springs Magistrate’s Court that she will continue to seek justice for her daughter’s death.
“I am still in pain. Every 17th of every month I remember how my child was found decomposed. Let everything that’s been hidden under table be brought to the top of the table. Let the conspirators and masterminds show themselves,” she lamented.
The bail hearing was also attended by a small group of women wearing ANC scarves and some youths dressed in red SACP jackets. They were demanding justice for Yende, singing “Rot in jail, David”.
Charges against Ngwenya were upgraded to murder last month following a thorough investigation into the murder.
Post mortem results showed that Eskom staff Thembisile Yende’s death was not self-inflicted or from natural causes, as she sustained head injuries and bruises on her neck.