Jub Jub case postponed

2011-06-22 14:10

The case of murder accused hip-hop star Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala has been postponed to allow the defence to prepare for cross-examination on a key state witness.

This is after the state recalled forensic expert Jose van Rooyen to testify in the case where Maarohanye and Tshabalala face charges of murder and attempted murder, as well as driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Van Rooyen, who analysed urine samples of the accused at the Joburg forensic laboratories was requested in May by defence lawyer Ike Motloung to present the file with graphs that she used during the analysis so that he could seek to independently verify the analysis.

Van Rooyen earlier in the trial testified that there were traces of morphine and cocaine in the two accused samples.

Motloung refused to cross-examine van Rooyen as he claimed he was not ready.

“I was presented with a file of about 80-pages with graphs only on Friday and did not have enough time to go through them,” Motloung said.

He told the court that the state did not advise him that it would be calling van Rooyen for cross-examination.

“I am not prepared to cross-examine the witness,” Motloung told the court.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala were allegedly drag-racing when one of their Mini Coopers knocked down four learners on Mdlalose Drive in Protea North, Soweto, in March last year.

Four children were killed and two others suffered severe injuries, including brain damage.

The case continues on July 11.

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