Shoba’s lawyers say he had nothing to do with Pule’s murder

Ntuthuko Shoba, who is the alleged mastermind behind Pule’s murder, is on trial at the High Court in Johannesburg.

Ntuthuko Shoba in the dock on January 26, 2022. He is accused of orchestrating the murder of Tshegofatso Pule. Photo: Kgomotso Modise/Eyewitness

JOHANNESBURG — The defense in the Tshegofatso Pule murder case has said the alleged mastermind behind his murder had no connection to his killer except during the illegal acquisition of cigarettes during the harsh lockdown.

Ntuthuko Shoba, who is the alleged mastermind behind Pule’s murder, is on trial at the High Court in Johannesburg.

For four days, Muzikayise Malephane – who was convicted of Pule’s murder – has been on the witness stand against Shoba.

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Pule (28) was found shot dead and tied to a tree at Durban Deep in June 2020. She was eight months pregnant.

During his cross-examination, Shoba’s attorney, Norman Makhubela, presented his version of how Shoba and Malephane began to communicate.

He said the men passed each other on Main Reef Road during the hard lockdown and they explained how they were coping during the pandemic.

He said that on June 4, the day Pule was killed, Shoba wanted to buy bulk cigarettes from Malephane and they had a brief interaction.

In his testimony, Malephane told the court that when Shoba visited him on June 4, he came to tell him that Pule was to die that day.

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