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Tshegofatso Pule: Murder accused ditches Legal Aid lawyer for private attorney

Tshegofatso Pule: Murder accused ditches Legal Aid lawyer for private attorney
Protesters march against gender-based violence, organised by several NGOs and organisations at the JSE in Sandton on September 13, 2019 in Sandton, South Africa. (Photo by Alet Pretorius/Gallo Images via Getty Images)

Murder accused Mzikayise Malephane has appeared again in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court.

The accused appeared via a video link on Wednesday from Krugersdorp Prison.

Malephane briefly told the court that he was abandoning the services of a Legal Aid lawyer and would secure his own private attorney.

Malephane, 31, is facing a premeditated murder charge after he allegedly killed 28-year-old Tshegofatso Pule.

Pule, who was eight months pregnant, was last seen by her relatives on 4 June, leaving her Soweto home to visit her boyfriend, Ntuthuko Shoba, in Florida.

CCTV footage shows Pule getting into a Jeep as she leaves Shoba’s apartment, the Sunday Times previously reported.

The young woman’s body was found hanging from a tree in Roodepoort’s Durban Deep on 5 June. She had been stabbed in the chest.

She was positively identified by her family three days later. NEWS24/DM

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