The state needs more time to prepare for the third bail petition from former JSE analyst Ntuthuko Shoba, who is on trial in South Gauteng High Court for the murder of pregnant girlfriend Tshegofatso Pule.
Shoba’s defense attorney had missed the deadline for submitting their argumentators, Prosecutor Faghre Mohamed said during a virtual hearing on Tuesday.
The deadline for submitting argumentators was 12 noon on Friday, but Shoba’s defense submitted it before Monday afternoon.
Shoba’s attorney Zweli Zakwe said he was only instructed to prepare the arguments on Saturday afternoon.
“On Sunday I prepared the arguments all day. and forwarded it to my instructing attorney in the early hours of the morning, who then handed it in. “
Zakwe said he had been informed by the instructing attorney about it ss the previous attorney had “personal problems” and, as a result, the filing deadline.
Mohamed asked the court to postpone the matter until Thursday so that they can argue and “do the necessary research”.
< Shoba has so far made two failed bail requests, claiming that the man is already serving a 20-year prison term for Pule's murder, Muzikayise Malephane is sending him threatening messages.
Shoba’s second bail request was made on May 7th by the district court rejected by Roodepoort. At the time, Judge Delize Smith said most of the evidence was not entirely “new facts” and was heard during his previous bail petition.
Pule was eight months pregnant when she was murdered on a tree last June was found. Prosecutors brought evidence that their unborn child belonged to Shoba.