Eskom has issued a statement in response to the death of Thembisile Yende.
The South African electricity public utility said it is saddened by the discovery of the body of its missing employee at the Springs substation.
According to Eskom, a post-mortem will be conducted to determine the cause and time of death.
The power utility said the matter is being investigated by the South African Police Service (SAPS). And, that it is working closely with the police service to establish the circumstances under which Thembisile Yende passed away.
Speaking, Eskom’s Group Executive for Human Resources, Elsie Pule said:
“When we heard that Thembi had gone missing we worked closely with the family and the SAPS. We are saddened by her tragic death.
We convey our deepest condolences to the Yende family who have lost their loved one and join the family in mourning.
Eskom will continue to work with the SAPS and the family in seeking to determine what has led to the tragic loss of our colleague.
(We) will continue to support the family with counselling and in any other way possible.
We pray that her soul rests in peace and that God gives her family, colleagues and friends strength during this difficult time.”
Meanwhile, Thembisile Yende’s brother Mboneni Yende told News24 Eskom didn’t help the family to search for her sister when she went missing. He reportedly said:
“When we started searching for her, we received no help from Eskom. Until now, we never received any form of support from Eskom. The company did not even pay us a visit…”
Thembisile Yende is a member of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA).
In line with what Yende’s brother said, the union remarked that it is “disturbed to see messages broadcast by Eskom internally of her passing, when there were no messages broadcast about her disappearance.
“We also want answers on why the surveillance cameras were not operating at the time of her untimely death.”
With that, NUMSA urged SAPS to leave no stone unturned in establishing the circumstances surrounding Thembisile Yende’s death.
“We are extremely saddened that our member may be another casualty in the war against women and children which seems to be gripping this country.
“We hope the investigation will shed light on whether Eskom was indeed negligent in the manner in which the death of our member was handled,” added NUMSA.
Thembisile Yende went missing on 17th May 2017. Her body was found locked in her office two weeks after she was reported missing.