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SCA dismisses convicted murderer Ntuthuko Shoba’s appeal bid

The accused, Ntuthuko Shoba, wearing a dark suit, climbs up the stairs to the court room.

South Africa - Johannesburg - 26 April 2021 - The alleged mastermind behind Tshegofatso Pule’s murder, Ntuthuko Shoba appeared at the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court, for being behind the murder of eight months pregnant Tshegofatso Pule. Picture: Itumeleng English/African News Agency(ANA)

Published Jul 14, 2023


Shoba was found guilty of murdering Pule, who was eight months pregnant, in June 2020.

The 33-year-old former employee of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange masterminded Pule’s murder and hired a hit man, Muzikayise Malephane, who shot and hanged her body in Durban Deep, in Roodepoort.

Acting Judge Stuart Wilson handed down the sentence in November 2022 after Shoba was found guilty of premeditated murder in March

Last year during his sentencing, Shoba sat quietly in the dock dressed in another one of his tailored suits as he prepared to learn his fate.

He refused to answer any questions from the media, flashing smiles as he consulted with his lawyers.

In a concise but scathing judgment, Judge Stuart Wilson sentenced him to life in prison.

“For all these reasons, Mr Shoba I’m enjoined by the statute to apply the ordinary sentence for a crime of this nature. You will spend the rest of your natural life in prison unless the parole authorities consider you fit for release in the fullness of time.”

Pule’s murder sent shock waves across the country after she was found hanging from a tree after being shot, allegedly by Malephane, who was hired by Shoba. Her body was found on a tree in Durban Deep on June 4.

In 2020 Malephane confessed to the murder and turned state witness. His confession implicated Shoba as the mastermind, saying he had wanted Pule killed because he was afraid his fiancée would find out about his affair with her.

Malephane is currently serving 20 years in prison after being sentenced in February 2021.