Some victory for Tshegofatso Pule's family as the alleged mastermind stays behind bars

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Murder accused Ntuthuko Shoba denied bail.
Murder accused Ntuthuko Shoba denied bail.
Trevor Kunene

Tshegofatso Pule's family can rest easy knowing that the man accused of planning her murder remains behind bars. 

Ntuthuko Shoba’s bid to get bail was denied. 

He walked into the Roodepoort Magistrate Court in a green suit and sat quietly while listening to the bail hearing judgement handed down by Magistrate Delize Smith.

The judgement was a relief to friends and family of the late Tshegofatso. The 28-year-old was found hanging from a tree in June 2020. She was eight months pregnant at the time of her death. 

It was the verdict family, friends, and gender-based violence (GBV) activists were hoping for.

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Sihle Sibisi from Kwanele Foundation says, “We are really excited. As a woman and advocate of GBV this gives us hope. We have cases of GBV where the perpetrators get bail, and nothing ever happens. For us this says there is light at the end of the tunnel,” she says.

“We always tell women that GBV doesn’t start when the woman has died but it starts when he starts shouting you, wanting to monitor your whereabouts. You need to speak the first time you experience it. He slaps you for the first time you should speak about it because it can happen for the second, third and fourth time,” Sihle adds.

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There were convoys from the court to Meadowlands in Soweto with activists shouting "No Bail For Shoba". 

The Sister’s Keeper Movement led the march. The movement is based in Meadowlands where Tshegofatso is from.

Botlhale Modisane from the Sister's Keeper Movement says this is a verdict they were indeed hoping for.

Ntuthuko will appear in court again on 25 March for indictment.

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