Jub Jub back in court

2010-12-15 08:43

Dressed to the nines, hip-hop musician Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye arrived at the Protea Magistrates Court today as his murder trial continues.

Wearing a grey suit with a black shirt and tie, he was accompanied by his singer girlfriend Kelly Khumalo.

He entered the courtroom amid the bustle of a group of photographers and cameramen.

His co-accused Themba Tshabalala arrived in court dressed in a gold-coloured blazer.

The pair face 10 charges including murder and driving under the influence of drugs, following an accident which killed four schoolchildren in Soweto earlier this year.

The pair’s trial started on Monday with the State calling accident scene investigator Penelope Charmaine Shivambu and metro police officer Gideon Maseko.

Shivambu testified Jub Jub had been driving on the wrong side of the road and veered into the left lane to avoid an oncoming car, allegedly while racing with Tshabalala.

She testified that witnesses saw the two men racing their Mini Coopers before they collided with a group of children walking home from school. In statements witnesses said the two cars crashed into each other before they struck the children.

Jub Jub has pleaded not guilty to the 10 charges against him.

The two face four counts of murder with alternate charges of culpable homicide, two counts of attempted murder with an alternate charge of reckless or negligent driving, use of drugs – mainly cocaine and morphine – and driving while under the influence of drugs.

They are also charged with failure to ascertain the extent of the injuries caused by the accident.

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