The family of Tshegofatso Pule have been left gobsmacked after the state in her murder case made some explosive revelations – one of them being that the 28-year-old woman had been pregnant before and had an abortion.
Pule, who was eight months pregnant, was found dead and hanging from a tree in Roodepoort, Johannesburg, back in June 2020.
Her boyfriend and the father of her unborn baby, Ntuthuko Shoba, is alleged to have been the mastermind behind her ruthless killing. Muzikayise Malephane, the man convicted for her murder, is currently serving a 20-year sentence after confessing to her murder. He claimed Shoba, who was already married to another woman, offered him R70 000.
He made an appearance in the Roodepoort magistrate’s court on Thursday, 22 April 2021.
State prosecutor Paseka Temeki revealed Whatsapp messages between Ntuthuko Shoba and Tshegofatso Pule, which showed that the accused wanted her to abort the baby.
“The WhatsApp messages are proof that the applicant has been absent most of the time, hiding behind work and at times his (other) girlfriend. In actual fact, from the deceased’s WhatsApp messages, it is clear that she sent the applicant a message saying that she did not want to have another abortion,” Temeki told the court.
The case against Shoba had been postponed to 26 April.
Speaking to eNCA, Pule’s uncle, Tumisang Katake said they are pained by the fact that Shoba cost them three lives in the family.
“It came as a shocker to us in court and all along we had this picture of a person, whom (we) had thought was in love with Tshegofatso, but after today’s revelation, we realise he really wasn’t in love with her,” Katake said.
“If he made Tshegofatso to abort the child before and wanted (her) to abort the second child, those are not the actions of a person who is in love with you”Tshegofatso Pule’s uncle, Tumisang Katake
Katake further added that what shocked them the most as a family, was how Shoba arranged Pule’s murder.
As if that wasn’t enough, the state has revealed cellphone records linking Malephane to Shoba. He (Shoba) had denied having played any role in Tshegofatso Pule’s murder, as well as Malephane’s claim that he put out a hit on her.