The man accused of being the mastermind behind the murder of Tshegofatso Pule told the court on Tuesday that he was so supportive of the late mother-to-be that it's impossible that he would have wanted her dead.
Ntuthuko Shoba (32) was making a second attempt at bail application on Tuesday at the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court.
Pule was eight months pregnant when she was killed and Shoba is said to be the father of her unborn child. Her body was found stabbed and hanging from a tree in a veld in Roodepoort on in June last year.
Muzikayise Malephane, who confessed to killing Pule, has since been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for the murder.
Shoba’s legal representative, Shady Sithole, told the court that his client was supportive of Pule, and would never have killed her.
“I further submit that the state has no strong case against me as I’ve financially been there for the deceased and my unborn child. My bank statement will bear testimony to the effect as I’ve used my back cards sometimes to purchase items that were related to her pregnancy,” Sithole said on behalf of Shoba.
He said Shoba even provided police with CCTV footage to prove that he was cooperating with them.
“I submit that had I hired Malephane to murder the deceased, I would not have informed the police about the CCTV footage in my complex thereby enabling the police to trace the vehicle he was driving when he picked up the deceased on the day of her disappearance,” said Shoba.
He added that his 80-year-old grandmother was dependent on him for food and funding healthcare.
Shoba requested a bail of R15 000 and the matter was postponed to the 22nd of April, for the state to respond.