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This is what we know about man accused of Tshegofatso Pule's murder

18 June 2020 - 11:12 By Cebelihle Bhengu
Muzikayise Malephane, 31, 'cried uncontrollably' during his first appearance at the Roodepoort magistrate's court on charges relating to the death of Tshegofatso Pule.
Muzikayise Malephane, 31, 'cried uncontrollably' during his first appearance at the Roodepoort magistrate's court on charges relating to the death of Tshegofatso Pule.
Image: Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/Sunday Times

A man arrested in connection with the murder of Tshegofatso Pule and her unborn daughter appeared in court on Wednesday.

This is what we know:

Who is the suspect?

The man has been identified as 31-year-old Muzikayise Malephane. He was arrested by police on Wednesday while travelling from Mpumalanga to Gauteng.

Charges

Malephane appeared at the Roodepoort magistrate’s court and was charged with premeditated murder. He declined bail and is waiting for the appointment of a legal representative for his next court appearance.

What he wore

He covered his face with his hands and the grey beanie he wore. He wore black sneakers, pants and a black jacket.

His reaction

TimesLIVE reported that he “cried uncontrollably” while he covered his face in court.

Next court appearance

The next appearance will be in camera, on June 24.

Family’s response

Pule’s uncle, Tumisang Katake, told journalists outside court that the family wanted to know the details surrounding Pule’s last moments. They still don’t know if there are more suspects involved in her murder but will wait for the trial to get more details, TimesLIVE.

Witness speaks

Roodepoort resident Tshepo Bodibe saw Pule’s body hanging from a tree in the Durban Deep area after he was called by a community member. TimesLIVE reported that he was present in court and described the scene as “gruesome”.

He said Pule’s body was found on June 5, despite police having said June 8. This was the day after Pule was reported missing by her family.


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