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Tshegofatso Pule’s family relieved as her boyfriend finally charged with murder

Ntuthuko Ntokozo Shoba has appeared briefly in the Roodepoort Magistrates Court on Monday and his case was rolled over to next month.

The alleged mastermind behind Tshegofatso Pule's murder and her boyfriend, Nkululeko Ntokozo Shoba, appeared in the Roodepoort Magistrates Court on 22 February 2021. Picture: @NPA_Prosecutes/Twitter

ROODEPOORT - The uncle of Tshegofatso Pule said seeing the alleged mastermind behind his niece's killing had opened old wounds.

Ntuthuko Ntokozo Shoba has appeared briefly in the Roodepoort Magistrates Court dressed in a black suit with leg irons looking very confident on Monday and his case was rolled over to next month.

Shoba, Pule's boyfriend, was arrested in Florida last week.

READ MORE: Tshegofatso Pule's boyfriend charged with her murder

Pule was found hanging from a tree with multiple stab wounds in Durban Deep in June 2020.

Her family came face to face with her boyfriend, more than eight months after she was killed.

This is during Shobe’s first court appearance.

Speaking shortly after the case was postponed, Pule’s uncle Tumisane Katake said now that the main suspect had been arrested, they were relieved.

ALSO READ: Tshegofatso Pule’s family: It was painful hearing about what happened to her

Shoba is accused of being the mastermind behind the killing.

Last week, the man who was hired to kill Pule was sentenced to 20 years and explained how he was hired by Shoba to kill her and paid R70,000 for the hit.

Shoba is expected back in the dock on 1 March, where he’s expected to apply for bail.

WE SUSPECTED HE WAS INVOLVED IN THE MURDER

Pule’s family say the arrest of her boyfriend for her murder confirmed their suspicion that he was involved in her murder.

For some family members, it was the time they had seen him as Katake explained: “This is the first time I have seen this guy. I couldn’t make anything of his demeanour, I couldn’t tell if he was a loud guy or not. I don’t know.”

Katake also disclosed that they were not aware that the father of Pule’s unborn child was married, adding that his arrest finally confirmed their suspicions.

“My nephew did mention him; he did talk about him and the type of person he is.”

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