The boyfriend and father of Pule’s unborn child have been given a guilty verdict for her premeditated murder. The body of the late eight-month pregnant woman was found hanging from a tree in 2020, after being reportedly last seen at Shoba’s apartment the day before her death.
Shoba has been charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and defeating the ends of justice.
In a video presented to the courts, Ntuthuko Shoba and Pule can be seen walking out of his apartment and into a vehicle driven by murder accomplice, Muzikayise Malephane, which is said to be the last time she was seen.
Family representative and uncle of the late mother, Tumisang Katake, said that the verdict had confirmed their suspicion of Shoba being behind the crime against their child.
“Our suspicions were confirmed as fact. We knew and suspected that he was behind this. Today the court confirmed our suspicions right.” Katake said.
Acting judge Stuart Wilson said that after evaluating all evidence given that there were no accounts or facts that proved Shoba’s innocence. However, he cleared him of an obstruction charge.
“In my view, there is no basis on which I can convict Shoba on obstruction. Mr. Shoba’s explanation for his dealings with Mr. Malephane may safely be rejected as false. I do not accept that Shoba’s visits and telephone calls to Mr. Malephane were about the purchase of cigarettes because I do not accept Mr. Malephane ever sold them.” Wilson said.
Also stating that the perpetrator’s visits to Mr. Malephane were to arrange the killing of his niece, the uncle said that everyone was emotional after the verdict was passed as it was a ‘difficult’ journey.
“Everyone has been emotional, not because he was found guilty, but it’s been a tough road for you,” Katake said.