Cellphone records of chats between Tshegofatso Pule and Ntuthuko Shoba send shock waves
Cellphone records of communication between the late Tshegofatso Pule and the alleged mastermind behind her murder, Ntuthuko Shoba, have sent shock waves online, with some opening up about their own experiences.
On Thursday, the Roodepoort magistrate's court heard of WhatsApp chats between Pule and Shoba.
The messages were revealed at Shoba's second bid at bail after his alleged accomplice, Muzikayise Malephane, turned state witness and implicated him.
The 28-year-old Pule, who was eight months pregnant, was killed in June 2020, her body found hanging from a tree.
The messages between Shoba and Pule painted a picture of their relationship, revealing that Pule was pregnant for the second time with Shoba's child.
TimesLIVE reported that in one of the messages sent by Pule to Shoba, she said they needed to talk and asked him to support her.
“We have a situation and that needs to be dealt with ... I need your support ... Time is not on our side cos I want to start going for my check-ups. I don’t want to risk [the pregnancy],” Pule said in the message.
She also told him she wasn't going to abort the second child at three months.
“I know you don’t want this child but I was not going to live with myself gore I aborted a child ka three months [sic]. I’m not that evil ... I just felt God was going to punish me for doing that. And to think it was not my first time doing it.”
According to the state, Shoba contacted Malephane 23 times with an unregistered sim card, including on the day Pule went missing.
Many expressed their shock on social media, with some sharing their allegedly similar experiences with their children's fathers.
Here is a snapshot of what people had to say:
They will force u to abort your unborn child then turn around and tell people u were not in a relationship with them. And when u struggle wt mental health they will label u crazy🙆🏾♀️💔💔 Banna,Man, Madoda, what a heartless triggering nonsense #TshegofatsoPule is fighting for girls.— PennyLebyane💚TheOneAndOnly (@PennyLebyane) April 22, 2021
#TshegofatsoPule This case just taught me that if I ever tell a man im pregnant and he says he doesn't want me and my unborn baby, I must take my seshwapha and never bother him again. Yoh Tshego and her baby really died for nothing.. Yoh hai to kill someone for such???— Orefile's_aunt🇿🇦 (@NkagiM_) April 22, 2021
May #TshegofatsoPule, her unborn child, family members & friends receive the JUSTICE they deserve.#TshegofatsoPule & her unborn child's murder was not only a senseless act of violence but measured.— Sam Beynon (Sammy) #BlackLivesMatter (@BeynonSammy) April 22, 2021
May JUSTICE (in the form of sentencing) be just as, if not more measured!
#TshegofatsoPule story reminds me of my pregnancy journey. My ex didn't want the child, he said I should abort because our relationship was still new. He didn't help me with anything and only came to one doctor's appointment. He tried to abuse me emotionally but I blocked him— 2020 Mom (@2020Mom3) April 22, 2021
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