Tshegofatso Pule's boyfriend fired as WhatsApp messages reveal he made her abort another pregnancy

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Ntuthuko Shoba is accused of masterminding the murder of pregnant Tshegofatso Pule last year.

The bail hearing of the alleged mastermind behind Tshegofatso Pule's murder continued on Monday for arguments in the Roodepoort Magistrates Court.

This is Ntuthuko Shoba's second bid at bail after his accomplice, Muzikayise Malephane, turned State's witness.

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The young woman's body was found hanging from a tree last year.

She was eight months pregnant.

Shocking cell phone records were revealed in the Roodepoort Magistrates Court on Thursday by the State during Shoba's second bail application.

The records have linked Shoba and Malephane, who confessed to killing Pule.

According to the State, Shoba communicated with Malephane many times, including on the day that Pule was murdered.

The court heard how Shoba used a different SIM card to communicate with Malephane.

WhatsApp messages between Shoba and Pule also painted a different picture of their relationship, revealing that the young woman did not trust her boyfriend and feared that he would do anything to not become a father.

The State has accused Shoba of deceiving the court after presenting cellphone records to the court.

WhatsApp messages have also revealed how Pule was pregnant for the second time with Shoba's baby.

The young girl's family was present in court and reacted to the revelations.

Her uncle Tumisang Katake said: “I still don’t believe what I’ve heard in court. It shows the extent that anyone can go to just to make sure that their situation is not exposed.”

Shoba has maintained his innocence and intends pleading not guilty when the matter goes to trial.

The matter has been postponed to Monday for arguments.

Meanwhile The Johannesburg Stock Exchange has on Friday confirmed that the alleged mastermind behind Tshegofatso Pule's murder Ntuthuko Shoba has been fired.

Shoba was employed in the IT division of the JSE.

He was arrested in February after his accomplice Muzikayise Malephane who confessed to killing Pule, turned State witness.

He had been on cautionary suspension since his arrest.

The young woman's body was found hanging from a tree last year; she was eight months pregnant.

In a statement, the JSE said it had been assisting police with their investigations into the murder case and would continue to cooperate with officials when required to do so.

The JSE said Shoba was no longer an employee at the organisation.

During his second bail application, Shoba once again pleaded with the Roodepoort Magistrates Court to release him fearing that his continued incarceration would cost him his job.

He has been in custody for about three months now.

Pule's family said they had mixed emotions after Shoba was fired from his job on Friday.

Her uncle Tumisang Katake said the family was still shocked following Thursday’s revelations in the court concerning WhatsApp messages between Shoba and Pule.

He has commended the JSE for its decision.

“Honestly speaking, we have mixed emotions, but we welcome the JSE’s decision.”

Shoba is expected back in the dock on Monday.


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