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Ntuthuko Shoba, the man accused of plotting Tshegofatso Pule’s murder, is launching a second bail application at the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court.
“The State vs Shoba’s next court date is 25 March for bail on new facts. He [has] appointed a new legal team,” Gauteng NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said on Thursday.
Shoba, Pule’s former lover, is accused of premeditated murder.
He was arrested in February after the man who confessed to murdering her, Muzikayise Malephane, turned State witness.
Pule was eight months pregnant when she was allegedly killed.
The beautician’s body was allegedly found hanging from a tree in Roodepoort on the West Rand in June 2020.
Malephane confessed, in a plea agreement, that Shoba was the mastermind behind the murder because “… he [allegedly] did not want his wife to find out about the unborn child”.
During his last appearance in court, Shoba was denied bail after the magistrate, Delise Smith, said there were no exceptional circumstances to warrant his release on bail.
Shoba’s advocate, Luyanda Nyangiwe, had argued, among other things, that the JSE analyst was not a danger to the community and would fully cooperate.
He added that Shoba had cooperated with the State at the beginning of the case, when he was not even a suspect.
However, the State opposed his release on bail, arguing that he failed to prove the existence of exceptional circumstances and that he did not meet some of the bail requirements.