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South Africa: a man jailed for killing a 28 years pregnant woman

A man has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for the brutal murder of a pregnant woman whose death galvanised protests in South Africa and prompted a speech by the president.

The body of 28-year-old Tshegofatso Pule was found hanging from a tree last June, with multiple stab wounds.

Mzikayise Malephane, 31, recognize at a court in Johannesburg the allegations against him and pleaded guilty. He said he was paid by the girl’s ex-boyfriend to carry out the killing.

In a plea agreement read out in court by his lawyer, Malephane said he had been offered R7,000 (£340; $480) by the ex-boyfriend to carry out the killing but had declined. The offer went up to R70,000 before he accepted, he said.

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Let’s note that Tshegofatso Pule was eight months pregnant when she was missing on June 4.

The police later confirm the arrestation of a 32 years old, Thursday on « on suspicion of being an accomplice in the murder » but his name was not given. He is expected to appear before the court next week.

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