Ntuthuko Shoba's denials of any participation in Tshegofatso Pule's murder have left Muzikayise Malephane feeling "powerless," according to Muzikayise Malephane. Malephane is being cross-examined at Johannesburg's Gauteng High Court, where Shoba is accused of arranging Pule's murder.
Pule passed away on June 4, 2020.
When Malephane, who later became a State witness, was told that Shoba would deny planning the murder, he was reacting to the defense.
"I'm powerless because of his denial. I have no idea what to say "Malephane remarked
Shoba would also say he contacted Malephane during lockdown to buy alcohol and cigarettes, he was told. Because of Covid-19 lockdown laws, the sale of cigarettes and alcohol was outlawed at the time, which is why Malephane sent Shoba.At the time, the sale of cigarettes and alcohol was prohibited because of Covid-19 lockdown regulations, which is why Malephane sent Shoba a location to his residence in Roodepoort.
Malephane stated, "
Because of the meeting [regarding the Pule assassination plot], I sent him the location. I have no knowledge of the part regarding sending a place for smokes.
Shoba's claim that he went to Malephane's house to get cigarettes is "not true," according to him.
During the lockdown, Malephane maintained he only sold beer and not smokes.
Malephane said, "That's a lie," when Shoba's counsel, advocate Norman Makhubela, told Malephane that Shoba denied arranging Pule's murder.
Pule was discovered hanging from a tree in Roodepoort's Durban Deep. She was carrying Shoba's child.
In February 2021, Malephane pled guilty to Pule's murder and was found guilty.
He named Shoba as the suspected mastermind who ordered him to carry out the assassination.Shoba faces one count of murder, alternatively conspiracy to commit murder, and count two of defeating the ends of justice.
The trial continues.
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