“You’ve struck a Beehive’’ Pule’s family send message to Shoba

Droves of people in and around Soweto defied the Corona virus restrictions to attend a wreath-laying ceremony in the Durban Deep area of Roodepoort on Sunday 6 June, in remembrance of Tshegofatso Pule, a young women whose life was stolen from her at that very site a year ago. A case that has sparked an uproar in international engagements on the safety of women across all circles. Emotions ran high on the hallowed grounds of Durban Deep, and tears flowed.

The 28-year-old Soweto native and professional makeup artist was eight months pregnant when she was brutally murdered during this month the previous year. On June 4 2020, Pule went missing and a few days later police found her lifeless body. Ntuthuko Shoba, Tshegofatso’s boyfriend and the father of her unborn child is standing trial of her murder after Mzikayise Malephane confessed and entered into a plea deal with the state.

The father of three was sentenced to 20 years behind bars after pleading guilty charges including murder, defeating the ends of justice and an unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.
City of Johannesburg chief whip, Solly Mogase and MMC Loyiso Masuku led the procession and placed the wreath under a tree where Tshegofatso was found hanging. The rest of the group walked over and formed a semi-circle, making moves to gospel music.
Pule’s grieving uncle issued a stern warning to the alleged perpetrator, Ntuthuko Shoba, stating that he has ‘’struck a beehive’’.

He also remembered Tshego as a strong, fierce young woman with an enormous heart. Organizers said they wanted the gathering to be symbolic of healing because the family has dealt with so many hard-pressing emotions.

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