Tshegofatso Pule, the 28-year-old who was found on Monday hanging from a tree in Roodepoort, on Gauteng’s West Rand, will be laid to rest on Thursday. Pule had been stabbed and killed after she went missing last week.
Pule, who was eight months pregnant, had been stabbed in the chest. The expectant mother from Soweto reportedly went to visit her boyfriend in Florida last week but never returned.
Her death has caused outrage, with many calling for justice. At Pule’s candlelight memorial in Soweto on Wednesday, a few shared their words.
— Leonise (@its_leo96) June 11, 2020
“Thank you for being a friend, sharing your life with me. I will always love you and your unborn angel,” says a friend.
“Well, come forward, say something. We are at a time when we are really tired of men that are just sitting and doing nothing about our situation so we are really tired. As a man, stand up and come fight for the women of SA,” says a mourner.
“We were looking forward to receiving the new member of the family but it was never meant to be so,” adds another mourner.
— Hampton (@Hampton80537599) June 11, 2020
In the video below is the candlelight service for Tshegoftso Pule
This week South Africans expressed their shock and outrage over the recent murders of Pule and of Naledi Phandingwayo who were both murdered over the weekend.
How many more women must become a hashtag before we see change? How many more women must die or be scarred for life before they see that this is a real problem?
How many more children must become motherless?
— Mbaliyezwe Ndlela (@mbali_ndlela) June 8, 2020
The 25-year-old, Phadingwayo, was murdered in KwaNonqaba in Mossel Bay in the Southern Cape on Saturday after being stabbed to death, allegedly by her partner.
Phadingwayo and Pule are the latest victims in a series of violent acts against women which have gripped the country over the past few months.
I’m hurting I’m in pain…
You didn’t deserve to die oluhlobo. Yini Mamfene ..I still cannot believe that he killed you. Ubumthanda umyeni wakho but he decided to brutally murder you icommunity yase mosselbay yonke ibuhlungu #JusticeforNaledi#GenderBasedViolence pic.twitter.com/odlhnovAmr
— Langalibalele (@Gogo_Langa) June 7, 2020
In the audio below Southern Cape South African Police Service Spokesperson Captain Malcolm Pojie gives details