Jub Jub police witness shot dead

2011-12-07 14:07

A key witness in the Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohonye murder trial was killed by armed men last night.

Detective Major Detective Major Moses Segapho (54) was shot dead around 10pm in the Angola squatter camp in Kliptown, south of Joburg.

Segapho was conducting investigations in the informal settlement, police spokesperson
Lieutant-Colonel Tshisikhawe Ndou said.

When Segapho got out of his car, two armed suspects opened fire and he was killed. Ndou said the suspects then ran away and disappeared between the shacks.

It is not yet known whether Segapho was alone.

As the former branch commander of the Protea Glen police station, Segapho was involved in the Jub Jub case from the start.

Maarohonye and his co-accused, Themba Tshabalala, are accused of murder and attempted murder after they crashed their Mini Coopers – while allegedly street racing – last year, killing four school pupils and injuring two others in Soweto.

When Segapho, who was at the scene of the accident, testified in the trial in July he accused Maarohonye’s lawyer, Ike Motloung, of interfering with witnesses.

These remarks infuriated Motloung.

During cross-examination, Motloung sarcastically called Segapho “a superstar in the newspapers” because Segapho had told the court he didn’t take full statements from passengers involved in the accident because they had been coached by Maarohonye’s attorney.

The case against Maarohonye and Tshabalala has been postponed to February.

Segapho was recently transferred to Roodepoort police district. Ndou said Segapho’s wife died a few years ago, but his daughter has been informed about his death.

No arrests have been made and the details of the case Segapho was investigating in Kliptown has not yet been released.

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