The Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg has postponed the murder trial of Muzikayise Malephane.
Malephane’s trial was set to begin on Friday morning, where he is facing a premeditated murder charge for his alleged hand in the death of 28-year-old Tshegofatso Pule.
On 5 June last year, the community of Durban Deep in Roodepoort was shocked by the discovery of Pule’s body, who had been stabbed and left hanging from a tree.
Pule, from Soweto, was eight months’ pregnant at the time of her gruesome death.
Weeks went by without an arrest and an uproar from gender-based violence activists on 16 June shook up the police, who subsequently made an arrest.
Since appearing in court on 17 June, 31-year-old Malephane was denied bail in both the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court and Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg, where his case will be heard.
Background reporting by Roodepoort Record