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South Africa surprised by what Tshegofatso Pule's killer says in court

In February last year, South Africa was rocked by gender based violance cases. One case in particular that got a lot of media attention was that of Ntuthuko Shoba.

The former analyst at Johannesburg Stock Exchange is accused of masterminding his pregnant girlfriend’s brutal murder. He appeared at the South Gauteng High Court on Monday the 24th of January. The men pleaded not guilty to all charges leveled against him.

The stated slapped Shoba with a number of charges. The first being a murder charge, an alternative charge of conspiracy to commit murder, and lastly defeating the ends of justice for not telling police the truth.

He has been in police custody since his arrest in February 2021, in connection with the heinous killing of Tshegofatso Pule, his heavily pregnant girlfriend at the time.

The case that rocked the nation was sparked when the 28-year-old was found hanging from a tree, in a secluded area in Roodepoort, last year.

On the Monday of Shoba's court appearance, State prosecutor Faghre Mohammed opened the State’s case, leading evidence from Pule’s friend. She detailed the type of person Pule was and what she knew about Pule’s relationship with Shoba.

The witness disputed that Pule had any relationship with convicted killer Muzikayise Malephane.

Shoba was arrested after Malephane, a man initially nabbed by police for Pule’s killing. Malephane entered into a plea bargain with the State which then led to the arrest of Shoba.

As part of the plea bargain between Malephane and the state, 31-year-old Malephane confessed that he killed Pule. He also told the state that Shoba paid him R70 000 to kill the eight months’ pregnant woman.

Due to the plea bargain, he was sentenced to 20 years behind bars. His confession to the state effectively saved him from being handed a life imprisonment sentence.

Malephane will take the stand on Monday to testify against Shoba at the High Court.

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