20-year prison sentence for murder of pregnant Tshegofatso Pule, 28

Additional five-year term for three other charges to be served concurrently with murder rap

19 February 2021 - 12:22
Muzikayise Malephane was jailed after confessing to the murder of Tshegofatso Pule.
Muzikayise Malephane was jailed after confessing to the murder of Tshegofatso Pule.
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Muzikayise Malephane, who says the father of Tshegofatso Pule's unborn child had offered him R70,000 to murder her, was on Friday jailed for 20 years.

Pule, a 28-year-old Johannesburg-based beauty products representative, was eight months pregnant when she was killed in June last year.

Muzikayise Malephane was convicted of killing Tshegofatso Pule in the high court in Johannesburg on February 19 2021. He pleaded guilty to charges including murder, obstruction of justice and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. 28-year-old Pule was pregnant at the time of her death in June 2020.

Police said at the time that she had been found with a stab wound in her chest.

Her bloodstained body was discovered hanging from a tree in the Durban Deep area of Roodepoort, four days after she had last been seen.

Her unborn child was a daughter.

Malephane on Friday entered a guilty plea in the South Gauteng high court.

The court sentenced Malephane to 20 years' imprisonment for murder and five years for obstructing justice, possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of ammunition. The five-year sentence will be served concurrently.

This is a developing story.

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