The sentencing process of Ntuthuko Shoba, the man found guilty of the murder of Tshegofatso Pule last month, is expected to begin Tuesday in the Johannesburg High Court.
Pule was eight months pregnant , when she was found dead in June 2020 with a single gunshot wound to a tree in Durban Deep, Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg.
Shoba was arrested after the hitman he hired, Muzikayise Malephane, was arrested. < /p>
Malephane confessed to the crime and implicated Shoba as the mastermind, saying the former JSE analyst wanted Pule killed because he was afraid his fiancé would find out about his affair with Pule.
Malephane pleaded guilty to murder and is serving a 20-year sentence.
At sentencing in March, Acting Judge Stuart Wilson said the question before the court was whether Malephane Pule at Shoba’s request and killed in anticipation that Shoba would pay him for it.
Wilson said to convict Shoba of murder, he must be no doubt satisfied that he made an agreement with Malephane for Malephane to kill Pule at least two meetings between Shoba and the man everyone accepts killed Pule.
“Secondly, there was Mr. Malephane’s unchallenged claim that that he had no previous relationship with Ms Pule and that in fact he did not know her and had no motive or means of contacting her other than with Mr Shoba’s help and at Mr Shoba’s behest,” Wilson said in his verdict /p>
Wilson said there was undisputed evidence from Malephane that he picked Pule up from Shoba’s complex the night he killed her and that Shoba was present when he picked her up.
< p>“These aspects of the evidence alone were sufficient to to defend Mr. Shoba. He would at least have to confirm that his contact with Mr Malephane was aimed at obtaining cigarettes and not arranging Ms Pule’s murder,” he said case and said the conviction must remind police officers to prioritize gender-based violence and feminicide.
“The next step for the courts is to give a fair sentence to this heartless man who we hope that it may bring some comfort and justice to the Pule family.” Cele said.