David Ngwenya allegedly enlisted a sangoma to ensure that he and his accomplices were “invisible” when they murdered Thembisile Yende.
“One of the suspects is a family member of the sangoma,” Investigating officer Lieutenant-Colonel Christo Lotz yesterday told the Springs Magistrate’s Court.
Ngwenya, an Eskom technician, is accused of murdering Yende, also an Eskom employee.
The court heard that Ngwenya had been seeing Yende for more than a year and was a frequent visitor at the Pieterboth substation, in Springs, on the East Rand, at which she worked.
The court heard that Yende had made several complaints against Ngwenya.
In opposing bail, prosecutor Abrie Classen said more evidence had to be collected.
“Yende’s mother told me that Ngwenya fought with Yende several times,” he said.
Roets said it was normal for people involved in a relationship to argue or fight occasionally.
He said Ngwenya was found in possession of several keys, including one to the storeroom in which Yende’s body was found.
The police are looking for men known as Mpho and Mkhize in connection with Yende’s death.
“[Ngwenya] was told that [Yende] was going to spill the beans. She was then strangled and hit with a blunt object in her head,” he said.