Some of her most-used phrases were: “Don’t forget to laugh, stop crying softie ...” recalled Tsita.
Pule worked as a make-up artist at a MAC cosmetics store and wanted to pursue a career in marketing.
Her parents, Lungi and Makina Mashiane, both died when she was much younger. Her aunt, Priscilla Giwu, took her in when her mother died 11 years ago.
Pule has two brothers and a sister.
Speaking at the family home, Pule’s uncle, who was the defence attorney for convicted murderer Sandile Mantsoe, pledged to never again represent those who rape, kill and molest women and children.
“Tshego is Karabo Mokoena today. I now know how it feels. I now know what the family of Karabo went through.
“Yes, I did my job, but now I know what it feels like for the family,” Tumisang Katake said.
A close friend of Pule, Thato Manye, said at the cemetery that they grew up in the same neighbourhood.
“She was a very loving person and was always happy. She was a fashionista and knew how to dress.
“At first I couldn’t believe that she passed away, but as time went by I had to make peace with it. Even now it’s still hard to believe”
Another friend, Lungile Vezi, described her as a bubbly and caring person, who went “above and beyond” for those close to her.
“She was always helpful and went out of her way for people. You wouldn’t struggle if she was around.
“I always told her if she ever needed something I would be there for her and I know she would have done the same for me. She knew how I felt about her.”