The murder case against the man accused of killing 28-year-old Tshegofatso Pule has been postponed in his absentia due to a date mix-up at the Roodepoort Magistrates Court, west of Johannesburg.
The date on Muzikayise Malephane’s charge sheet was allegedly listed as July 23 and not 9 July.
He was arrested days after Pule, who was eight months pregnant, was found hanging from a tree with multiple stab wounds in June.
Malephane made a brief virtual appearance in June before the matter was postponed to Thursday last week, after he abandoned his bid for legal aid.
Suspect appears in court for Tshegofatso Pule’s murder:
However, the case did not sit last week due to the closure of the court for disinfection after a police officer stationed there tested positive for COVID-19.
Pule’s murder sparked a public outcry.
During her funeral service, men were urged to end the abuse and murder of women.
Pule’s funeral service is in the video below:
Pule’s murder is among many tragedies South Africa has seen in recent days.
The Commission for Gender Equality says it is disgusted at the high rate of gender-based violence that the country is currently facing.
The Commission’s Spokesperson Jabu Baloyi called on all men in South Africa to stand up against the scourge.