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numsaANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Monday they were concerned about the case of Thembisile Yende, an Eskom employee who was found murdered last year at her workplace.  

Allegedly she was killed by a colleague because she was set to blow the whistle on a copper theft syndicate.  The union called on Eskom to assist the police with information and surveillance footage and said in a statement on Monday:  “According to the family, Eskom has not been helpful in providing all the footage which might shed light on Thembisile’s disappearance and murder.”  It is alleged David Ngwenya, a technician at Eskom, killed her by suffocating her and left her body locked in the substation where she worked.  Ngwenya is out on R15,000 bail, and is expected back in the Springs Magistrate’s Court on 28 June.  But, the Yende family is worried that the only accused in the case, Ngwenya, will be set free because of a lack of evidence.  Furthermore, the only key witness has apparently gone missing.  Numsa said it shared the concerns of the family and pointed out that Yende died whilst at work.  It demanded that the authorities should treat the case “with the same care and attention as they did with the Oscar Pistorius murder trial.”

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