The man accused of the murder of Tshegofatso Pule allegedly used his girlfriend’s vehicle on the night of the killing and took it to a car wash to have bloodstains cleaned.
These new details are contained in an indictment prepared for the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg where 31-year-old Muzikayise Malephane appeared in connection with the killing of 28-year-old Pule, who was eight months pregnant at the time.
The indictment which Sowetan has seen reveals details including how Malephane killed Pule after being promised R70,000 by an unnamed person who was known to her.
“The accused subsequently took his girlfriend’s motor vehicle to the car wash to remove the deceased’s bloodstains from it. The deceased’s cause of death was established to be a gunshot wound to the chest and the application of external pressure to the neck,” the indictment read.
Police spokesperson Cpt Kay Makhubele would not reveal the identity of the alleged accomplice and would also not comment on whether this person was taken in for questioning to ascertain whether a promise of money was made.
He further refused to comment on what happened to Malephane’s girlfriend’s vehicle after his arrest.
Malephane faces charges of murder, defeating the ends of justice, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition.
He appeared briefly in court yesterday where the matter was postponed for a pretrial conference on October 20.
The state aims to prove that Malephane killed Pule by outlining details of the plot from its initial inception.
The state begins by alleging that “at around 8.30 pm on 4 June 2020, the accused collected Pule at Westlake Complex in Florida, on the West Rand, in his girlfriend’s vehicle”.
Pule, from Meadowlands, Soweto, was found hanging from a tree in a veld at Durban Deep on June 5.
In June, Sowetan reported that Malephane allegedly revealed to police details of how he planned and executed Pule’s murder with the help of a person known to her.
In the statement that Sowetan has seen, Malephane had allegedly previously tried to kill her in May this year but his plan was unsuccessful.
In the failed attempt on Pule’s life in May, Malephane and the other party set up a false interview in Mondeor, Johannesburg, where Pule was supposed to be kidnapped and killed but she did not turn up.
The two then hatched another plan. “On the day of her murder [June 4], both suspects arranged an Uber ride for the victim to be picked up and [taken] to a flat in Florida,” the statement reads.
Malephane allegedly confessed to the police and also pointed out the crime scene.
He was arrested while returning from Mpumalanga, more than a week after Pule’s killing which sparked renewed protests against gender-based violence.
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The state requested for the matter to be postponed because Malephane’s legal representatives only received the case docket on Monday.
The matter was also postponed to allow the state and the accused’s legal team to reach a consensus about the admissions that were made.
Pule’s uncle Tumisang Katake yesterday said police officers handling the matter have not ruled out arresting another suspect.
“Police haven’t told us if they are still looking for another suspect but they have not ruled it out. I think they want to be certain with their evidence before making an arrest,” Katake said.-Sowetan