Siso Naile and Citizen reporter
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22 Jan 2021
10:17 am

Tshegofatso Pule murder-accused’s trial gets underway

Siso Naile and Citizen reporter

Pule, from Soweto, was eight months' pregnant at the time of her gruesome death.

Muzikayise Malephane at Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on 23 July 2020. Picture:Nigel Sibanda

The murder trial of Muzikayise Malephane will begin at the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Friday morning.

Malephane is facing a premeditated murder charge for his alleged hand in the death of 28-year-old Tshegofatso Pule.

On 5 June last year, the community of Durban Deep in Roodepoort was shocked by the discovery of Pule’s body, who had been stabbed and left hanging from a tree.

Pule, from Soweto, was eight months’ pregnant at the time of her gruesome death.

UPDATE: Tshegofatso Pule murder trial postponed to February

Weeks went by without an arrest and an uproar from gender-based violence activists on 16 June shook up the police, who subsequently made an arrest.

Since appearing in court on 17 June, 31-year-old Malephane was denied bail in both the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court and Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg, where his case will be heard.

Background reporting by Roodepoort Record

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