The man accused of murdering Eskom employee Thembisile Yende is expected to appear in the Springs Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

David Ngwenya (43), a technician at Eskom, allegedly murdered Yende after he suspected that she would blow the whistle on a copper theft syndicate.

Yende’s body was found in her office in May, 10 days after her disappearance at an isolated Eskom substation in Springs, outside Johannesburg.

Thembisile Yende

On September 18, Ngwenya’s defence said that new evidence could exonerate him in the matter.

Zola Majavu, for Ngwenya, told the court that another bail application would possibly be made following this.

The State requested a postponement for further investigation, which included possible new suspects and DNA results.

Speaking outside court, Majavu said that DNA could point to his innocence and once evidence had been released, there could be a possibility of returning to court on a sooner date for a bail application.

Yende’s emotional mother, Nester Yende, said that she had hope that that justice would be served because of the investigating officer assigned to the matter.

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