Ntuthuko Shoba, the alleged mastermind behind the murder of 28-year-old Tshegofatso Pule, will remain in custody until his bail hearing next Monday.

Shoba made his first appearance in the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court on Monday morning.

A man suspected of masterminding Tshegofatso Pule’s murder in court:

Police had arrested him at his home in Florida, west of Johannesburg, last week.

Muzikayise Malephane has been given a 20-year jail term by the High Court in Johannesburg after entering into a plea agreement with the state to testify against Shoba.

In June 2020, eight months pregnant Pule’s body was found in an open veld in Roodepoort. Her body was hanging from a tree and had stab wounds to the chest.

Shoba has been charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder as well as defeating the ends of justice.

On Friday, the high court in Johannesburg heard that he had conspired with Muzikayise Malephane to kill Pule so that his wife wouldn’t find out that she was pregnant.

In the video below, the murder accused pleads guilty:

Malephane told the court that Shoba had agreed to pay him R70 000 to make it look like a suicide.

Malephane’s lawyer told the court that his client had been hired by Pule’s boyfriend to kill her.

He says the boyfriend didn’t want his wife to find out that Pule was pregnant.

The family had suspicions about Tshegofatso’s boyfriend:

The family of murdered Tshegofatso Pule says news that her boyfriend allegedly conspired to kill her has confirmed their suspicions.

In the video below, family expresses shock and disappointment on latest revelations: