The Johannesburg Supreme Court on Friday granted a request from the alleged mastermind behind the murder of Tshegofatso Pule to reopen his case.
The case was reopened after Ntuthuko Shoba’s legal team submitted CCTV footage to the court as new evidence.
The footage is from the night Pule was arrested by her convicted murderer, Muzikayise Malephane, from Shoba’s Florida complex, west of Johannesburg.
Shoba wants the court to consider the CCTV footage before ruling on the murder trial.
Tshegofatso Pule murder trial
The trial ended last month after prosecutor Faghre Mohammed’s attorney and Shoba’s attorney, attorney Norman Makhubela, presented their closing arguments in the case.
The verdict was then reserved, but Shoba requested that the case be reopened to convince the judge based on the CCTV footage.
Shoba is charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and defeating justice for his alleged involvement in Pule’s murder.
The 32-year-old has been in police custody since his death bail denied for the third time in September last year.
Pule was eight months pregnant when she was murdered by Mzikayise Malephane. She was stabbed and found hanging from a tree in Roodepoort.
Malephane, who confessed to killing Pule, claimed that Shoba hired him to kill Pule. He is currently serving 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to murder in February 2021 and became a state witness.
A verdict in the murder case is expected to be handed down on March 25, 2022.