Numsa: Probe Eskom's handling of Thembisile Yende's disappearance

JOHANNESBURG – As police try to piece together what happened to a Gauteng woman whose body was found on Eskom’s premises, workers union the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says the investigation should extend to the utility’s handling of her disappearance.

Thembisile Yende’s body was discovered in one of Eskom’s offices in Springs on Monday two weeks after she went missing.

It’s understood that the premises were searched after the news of her disappearance but nothing was found.

Yende’s family has made it clear that they suspect foul play in her murder.

Now Numsa, of which Yende was a member, says Eskom also has some tough questions to answer.

Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi says: “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.

“Adding to our dismay as the union is that a previous investigation by the Eskom yielded nothing and it would seem the employer got relaxed because he saw her vehicle in the car park.”

Questions have been asked about why the CCTV system at the substation was not working on the day Yende disappeared and why there was no security guard on duty.

[Watch] More questions than answers around Thembisile Yende's death

The family of Yende says it will not rest until they have received the facts related to her death from Eskom.

A postmortem is being performed to determine the cause of her death.

The family’s Brian Sithole says they believe Eskom has the answers on the cause of Yende’s death.

“What went on there, we want answers. As the family, we want answers. The company must account for what has happened in their premises.”

He says the family is not happy with the way the parastatal has treated them.

“Now when she was found there, the body was moved from the Eskom premises without the family knowing that her body is going to be moved to the forensic facility in Springs.”

Sithole says family and friends will picket outside the Springs substation to demand answers on Yende’s death.

FRIENDS FONDLY REMEMBER YENDE

Yende’s friends have described her as a vibrant person who loved to dance.

Her childhood friend Sibonisile Nhlapho says while she is hurt by her death, she knows Yende had found happiness.

“We were always talking about love because she was so happy."

Another friend, Mummy Magome, says a large void will be felt without her friend.

“It’s painful knowing where we come from and what I have been through with her. I can’t explain it.”

Friends and family are continuing to make their way to the home to pay their respects and offer support to the family.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Blind Spots: How they come about and how they affect your business

Blind Spots: How they come about and how they affect your business

As a small business owner, nobody expects you to be perfect. Because you cannot see them, blind spots could be a real nuisance.

Where to invest your overseas capital

Where to invest your overseas capital

With the political climate as volatile and rife, the US might not be the best country to keep your overseas capital.

Bitcoins: Only up from here, or just another wave?

Bitcoins: Only up from here, or just another wave?

Find out how the cryptic currency managed to gain so much momentum so relatively fast and kick yourself for missing out.

Police on 'red alert' to prevent Grace Mugabe leaving SA

Police on 'red alert' to prevent Grace Mugabe leaving SA

Mugabe is facing criminal charges after she allegedly assaulted Gabriela engels with an electric cord at a Sandton hotel on Sunday

[UPDATE] Police comb scene after man shot, killed in Sandton

[UPDATE] Police comb scene after man shot, killed in Sandton

Paramedics say they arrived on the scene shortly after midday and found the victim, believed to be in his forties, on the side of the road.

Limpopo Health wins bid against pastors using harmful substances

Limpopo Health wins bid against pastors using harmful substances

The department took Pastor Lethebo Rabalago to court after he sprayed congregants in the face with insect killer.

Popular articles
Sassa cards will be functional beyond expiry date

Sassa cards will be functional beyond expiry date

Sassa says text messages making the rounds asking beneficiaries to come and renew their Sassa cards is a hoax.

Why Sisulu and Dlamini-Zuma aren't suitable Presidential candidates: analyst

Why Sisulu and Dlamini-Zuma aren't suitable Presidential candidates: analyst

ANC branch in the Eastern Cape, Z.R Mahabana, has launched a campaign backing Lindiwe Sisuslu as an ANC presidential candidate.

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.

Bylaws, times you may use fireworks

Bylaws, times you may use fireworks

City of Johannesburg has urged residents to respect by-laws and the times set for fireworks to be used.

‘I started my thriving business with R5000 (and made a profit in the 1st month)’

‘I started my thriving business with R5000 (and made a profit in the 1st month)’

After 3 years there are 3 Nic Harry stores (incl online) that sell 100 000 pairs of socks in over 20 countries around the world.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?