Lynne Brown: Thembisile Yende's disappearance makes no sense

Lynne Brown: Thembisile Yende's disappearance makes no sense

Public enterprises minister Lynne Brown says she will ensure Eskom offers support to the family of Thembisile Yende. 

Thembisile Yende

The 29-year-old woman was found dead in a store room at a substation in Springs on the East Rand on Monday. 

She had been reported missing two weeks ago.

Brown says: "I have asked my department to ensure Eskom provides the appropriate support to the Yende family and the police investigation. It makes no sense that for 10 days, a young life is in an office and nobody knows."

The family of the 29-year-old Eskom employee reported her missing on 17 May when she failed to return home from work. 

They are now desperately seeking answers from the power utility. 

Family spokesperson Mboneni Yende says: "We also went to search her workplace and the bakkie that she used for work was found on the work premises which suggests she made it to work."

When CCTV footage was requested, Eskom said it did not have the footage.  

Gauteng police spokesperson Kay Makhubele confirms police were called to Eskom, where employees pointed out an office from which a foul smell was coming. 

"Police had to break the door as it was locked. That is when the body of the missing woman was found," Makhubele says. 

The cause of Thembisile's death is not yet known and authorities will await the details of the post mortem results. 

Police are still investigating the matter.

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