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Family upset as Director of Public Prosecutions withdraws Yende case

JOHANNESBURG, June 28- The family of Eskom employee Thembisile Yende on Thursday expressed dismay after learning that the Director of Public Prosecutions had provisionally withdrawn the case against her alleged killer David Ngwenya.

Ngwenya,43, a technician at Eskom, allegedly murdered Yende after he suspected that she would blow the whistle on a copper syndicate. He was released on R15,000 bail.

During proceedings at the Springs Magistrates Court on Wednesday Magistrate Daphne Jansen Van Vuuren notified Ngwenya about the decision that was made by the DPP.

“At this stage they have provisionally chosen to withdraw the case but it could be called back at any time,” Jansen Van Vuuren said.

Yende’s body was discovered in the storeroom at the Pietersboth substation after she went missing on May 17 last year. This was after her office and the substation was searched by officers and nothing was found.

Following proceedings, Yende’s brother, Mboneni, who was visibly emotional about the outcome, said: “We very disheartened because it’s a year later and we only have one accused when a person was murdered in an institution that belongs to the government. It’s heart breaking.”

On Monday NUMSA called on Eskom to release surveillance footage that could possibly assist with the investigation into the case.

“We are disheartened with the police services. There was information we handed to the police services that we feel, if it was used, we wouldn’t be here. We believe there are more people involved in the case,” Yende said.

He added that although the family was only notified about the withdrawal on Thursday morning, they had expected it as they were visiting the DPP’s office regularly.

“We believe something else could’ve happened.” (ANA)

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