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Boyfriend charged for murder of Tshegofatso Pule, whose death triggered protest in South Africa

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The boyfriend of a South African woman, Tshegofatso Pule, whose murder started a protest against gender baded violence in the country, has been charged with her murder at a court in Johannesburg.

Pule's boyfriend, Ntuthuko Ntokozo Shoba is accused of planning her murder and paying the killer.

The body of the pregnant 28-year-old woman was found hanging from a tree two years ago, with multiple stab wounds, BBC reports.

Last week, a Johannesburg court sentenced another man, Mzikayise Malephane, to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to murdering Ms Pule.

In a plea agreement read out in court by his lawyer, 31-year-old Malephane, said he had been offered 7,000 rand (£340; $480) by Mr Shoba to carry out the killing but had declined. The offer went up to 70,000 rand before he accepted, he said.

Malephane told the court that Mr Shoba "did not want his wife to find out about the unborn baby" that Pule was carrying.

Prosecutors have charged Mr Shoba, who was arrested last week, with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and defeating the ends of justice.

According to the family she had gone to see Mr Shoba in his house in Florida on the West Rand district, 16km (nine miles) west of Johannesburg, in June 2019, after he invited her to go shopping for the unborn baby, news24 reports.

They got into an argument and he later called a taxi whose driver turned out to be Malephane.

On 5 June Ms Pule's body was found hanging from a tree in Roodepoort area in the West Rand district.


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