Jub Jub ‘crashed into kids trying to avoid taxi’

2011-10-12 11:42

Murder accused musician Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye clipped his co-accused Themba Tshabalala’s silver-grey Mini Cooper from behind to avoid an oncoming taxi, the Protea Magistrates Court heard today.

Maarohanye’s lawyer, Ike Motloung, told the court that the vehicles were either parallel or semi-parallel, disputing accident reconstruction expert Renier Balt’s testimony that Tshabalala’s vehicle was in front of Jub Jub’s blue Mini Cooper.

“Your reconstruction is fundamentally flawed,” Motloung told Balt.

Balt said Motloung’s version was not supported by physical evidence, which he said showed that Jub Jub’s vehicle collided with the school children, four of whom died.

“Impact would’ve been minimal if they were not exceeding the speed limit,” Balt said.

Motloung continued to cross-examine Balt, who admitted that there was no governing body of accident reconstruction experts in South Africa.

“So there’s nobody to critique your work?” asked Motloung.

Balt said the longest course he had attended lasted two weeks and the rest had all been week-long courses.

“It’s contentious whether you’re an expert,” said Motloung.

Balt had been a traffic officer between 1993 and 2006 and trained in Chicago, United States, but Motloung described him as “confused”.

While Motloung described the accident as a mystery, Balt said there was enough evidence to form an opinion.

Motloung said Balt’s 96-page report only contained seven paragraphs (about a single A4 page) of reconstruction but the expert pointed out 23 pages.

The trial continues.

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