Monday, 26 April 2021 17:53

Staff Reporter.

The man accused of being the mastermind behind the murder of Tshegofatso Pule and her unborn baby appeared in the Roodepoort magistrate's court.

Ntutukho Shoba stands accused of conspiracy to commit murder among other charges.

He was arrested after Muzikayise Malephane entered into a plea agreement with the State and implicated Shoba in the killing of Pule.

The eight months pregnant woman was found hanging from a tree in Roodepoort last year.

This is the second time that Shoba is applying for bail.

He was allowed to re-apply for bail after he said he would present new facts.

During arguments in the packed courtroom, Shoba’s lawyer Shaddy Sithole said he also accompanied Pule outside his unit at the complex knowing there were cameras on the premises.

Shortly after Pule’s disappearance, Shoba rushed to the Florida police station to assist her family to report her missing, Sithole said.

"I submit that there are two new facts that came to the attention of the accused after the first bail was denied and we have passed that test."

Sithole said Shoba then also advised crime officers at the station to accompany him to his complex to review the footage, because there was a possibility "it could be automatically deleted".

"It was the applicant’s [Shoba] conduct and initiatives that guided Florida SAPS and alerted them to the CCTV footage from the word go.

"It is clear that the applicant's conduct assisted the police in the investigation. His conduct shows that he did not tamper with such evidence.

"It is exceptional that he alerted the police to the footage in his complex, "Sithole said.

In response, state prosecutor Paseka Temeki said it was false that Shoba assisted the police in catching Malephane.

"There are still no exceptional circumstances and the argument by the defence does not hold water."

Shoba will know his fate on 7 May when judgment on his bail application will be delivered.