Man accused of Tshegofatso Pule's murder confesses to previous failed attempt - report

Tshegofatso Pule, 28, who was found stabbed and hanged in a veld on Monday. She was eight months pregnant.
Tshegofatso Pule, 28, who was found stabbed and hanged in a veld on Monday. She was eight months pregnant.
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  • The man accused of Tshegofatso Pule's murder has allegedly confessed and described details of the killing.
  • He also described a previous failed attempted to murder Pule.
  • Pule was found stabbed and hanging in a tree earlier this month. She was eight months pregnant. 

The man accused of mother-to-be Tshegofatso Pule's murder allegedly told police that he and an unknown man planned to kill Pule a month before she was found dead, according to a SowetanLIVE report.

The publication reported that 31-year-old Mzikayise Malephane told police that he was promised R70 000 for Pule's murder.

During the first alleged attempt a month ago, Malephane and the unknown man set up a false interview in Mondeor, Johannesburg where they planned to kill Pule. However, she did not show up.

They then came up with a new plan, he allegedly told the police.

READ | Man accused of murdering Tshegofatso Pule says he won't apply for bail

According to the SowetanLIVE report, a police statement described that on 4 June, the men arranged an Uber taxi ride for Pule to a flat in Florida.

They started an argument with her during the drive and one of them stabbed her several times.

They then took her to Durban Deep and used a rope to hang her in a tree.

Only one person has been arrested. However, News24 previously reported that police have not ruled out more arrests.

According to police spokesperson Colonel Noxolo Kweza: "As our investigations are continuing, they will reveal more things. We have somebody that we have arrested and charged with murder and are not ruling [out the] possibility of further arrests."

ALSO READ | Man arrested for murder of pregnant Tshegofatso Pule

Malephane appeared in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Wednesday on a charge of premeditated murder.

He was arrested on Monday on his way from Mpumalanga.

Pule was found murdered on 5 June in Roodepoort after she left her home in Meadowlands to visit her boyfriend in Florida. She was eight months pregnant.

- Compiled by Azarrah Karrim

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