Tshegofatso Pule: Killer 'decided to tell the truth' after Shoba gave police CCTV footage, court hears

Ntuthuko Shoba.
Ntuthuko Shoba.
Trevor Kunene, Gallo Images/Daily Sun

  • The key State witness in the trial of the alleged mastermind in the murder of Tshegofatso Pule is still on the stand.
  • Muzikayise Malephane told the court of his interactions with Ntuthuko Shoba on the day of Pule's death and after.
  • The trial continues.

Tshegofatso Pule's killer decided to tell the truth of the events of 4 June 2020 after the police told him that the alleged mastermind, Ntuthuko Shoba, had handed CCTV footage to them.

Key State witness, Muzikayise Malephane - who admitted to killing Pule, allegedly under Shoba's instruction - was being probed on the contradicting statements he made to police surrounding the death of Pule following his arrest.

The Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg heard on Wednesday that Malephane's initial statement did not include Shoba's alleged role in the murder.

State advocate Faghre Mohammed asked the witness: "How did you feel about Shoba giving them the footage?"

In response, Malephane told the court: 

At that stage, I got angry and got mad, and I decided to tell the truth so that also Pule's family can know the truth.

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Malephane was going through Shoba's alleged role in the events of 4 June 2020 - the day Pule was shot and left hanging from a tree in Roodepoort.

The witness stated that he was at his girlfriend's home in Goudrand, Roodepoort drinking with his friends, waiting on a telephone call from Shoba. He added that when he received the call, he headed to Shoba's home at approximately 20:30/21:00.

"I was driving a vehicle, silver-grey Jeep." He decided to use this car because he agreed with Shoba on this.

"The Jeep was going to be a decoy as if an Uber was requested," he explained.

Malephane further told the court that he was aware of the CCTV cameras, but Shoba said that it would not capture the number plate and disc.

He also told the court that he and Shoba spoke the following day, 5 June 2020.

He stated:

He called me back and asked me if I had completed the job. I said yes.

Malephane, on the stand for a second day, further testified that the following Saturday after the murder, he met Shoba at a Cashbuild in Meadowlands, Soweto.

Muzikayise Malephane in court.

"He came and he told me that he was still arranging money. That was the end of the conversation," he testified.

Shoba was implicated in the murder by Malephane after the State secured a guilty plea from the witness last January.

Shoba faces one count of murder, alternatively conspiracy to commit murder, and defeating the ends of justice. He had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The trial continues.

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