At Pule's home in Meadowlands, Soweto, yesterday, emotions ran high as family members and mourners bid her farewell. Her uncle, lawyer Tumisang Katake, who once defended Karabo Mokoena's killer Sandile Mantsoe, told mourners that his niece's death came as a triple tragedy.
"Last Saturday, I buried my cousin who was killed by a man who was meant to protect her. She was shot with four bullets by her husband after they got married in February.
"On Monday morning at 3.30am, I got a call that my niece is no more. I've represented many criminals, including the likes of Karabo Mokoena's killer. I've taken a pledge that if you've raped, killed your girlfriend or molested a child... V*tsek!" he said.
He urged community members to be patient with the police and the wheels of justice as he believed that those who are behind her murder will be arrested.
Pule's sister Mimi recalled a candid memory of her sister, whom she described as her everything. They lost their parents at a young age.
Her parents, Lungi and Makina Mashiane, both died when she was much younger.
Her aunt, Priscilla Giwu, took Pule in when her mother died 11 years ago. "Early this year I was diagnosed with depression. When Tshego came, she [jokingly] asked me if I am crazy or if I was told that I am crazy. I asked her, 'what do you mean? and she said, 'learn to forget'. Yes, mom and dad left us but you need to learn to forget, let go."