Acting Judge Stuart Wilson will deliver his verdict against Ntuthoko Shoba, Pule’s boyfriend. Shoba is accused of being the mastermind behind eight-month-pregnant Pule’s death. It’s been almost two years since Pule’s brutal murder.
The 28-year-old’s body was found hanging from a tree. Shoba is facing charges of defeating the ends of justice and conspiracy to murder. Muzi Malepane admitted to killing the young woman. However, he stated that he followed Shoba’s instructions.
Shoba denied these claims. It’s been four weeks of testimonies and Pule’s family are waiting. They are keen to see a verdict delivered but are physically and emotionally exhausted from the case.
Her family are drained and want a guilty verdict
SABC News reported that Pule’s uncle Tumisang Katake stated that the case has been long and tiring. Speaking on behalf of her family, he stated that they are waiting for justice to be served through a guilty verdict.
“The only way for justice to be served is for the family to hear the pronouncement of a guilty verdict. Then we will be able to rest emotionally and psychologically.”
Tumisang Katake, Tshegofatso Pule’s uncle
Shoba attempted to prove his innocence by making a court application. He wanted Pule’s last moments on CCTV to be viewed. The clip reportedly angered herfamily.
Katake stated that Shoba’s consistency in putting applications forward has drained the family. He explained that the video footage was angering.
“We have been drained emotionally and physically by this case. Particularly by the stance Shoba had pulled throughout the court proceedings with one application after another. The last straw was the application for the video footage, where we had to go through the experience of watching the last moments of Tshegofatso when she was still alive,” said Katake.
Acting Judge Stuart Wilson is expected to deliver his verdict on 25 March.