Tshegofatso Pule murder: Boyfriend charged over death of pregnant 28-year-old

Tshegofatso Pule

The boyfriend of a South African woman, whose murder galvanised protests against violence against women in the country, has been charged with her murder at a court in Johannesburg.

Ntuthuko Ntokozo Shoba is accused of planning Tshegofatso Pule's murder and paying the killer.

The body of the pregnant 28-year-old was found hanging from a tree two years ago, with multiple stab wounds.

Mr Shoba was not asked to enter a plea during his court appearance.

Last week, a Johannesburg court sentenced another man, Mzikayise Malephane, to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to murdering Ms Pule.

In a plea agreement read out in court by his lawyer, Malephane, 31, said he had been offered 7,000 rand (£340; $480) by Mr Shoba to carry out the killing but had declined. The offer went up to 70,000 rand before he accepted, he said.


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