Jub Jub to hear his fate today

2012-10-12 09:03

A Soweto court was packed as it continued delivering its verdict in the murder trial of musician Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala.

Proceedings started with the Protea Magistrates’ Court today listening to transcripts from yesterday to determine if the sound of the rain had affected the quality of the recordings. The case was postponed when it began to rain.

Magistrate Brian Nemavhidi started by repeating part of the summary he was busy with.

The courtroom was packed. Those unable to find seats had to stand. Five police officers kept watch at the entrance to the public gallery.

Maarohanye, dressed in a velvet suit, and Tshabalala, in a dark suit, looked at Nemavhidi as he recalled evidence given in the trial that started in 2010.

The two were allegedly drag racing in Mdlalose Street, Protea North, on March 8 2010 when they crashed into a group of schoolchildren. Prince Mohube, Mlungisi Cwayi, Andile Mthombeni, and Phomello Masemola were killed.

Frank Mlambo and Fumani Mushwana were seriously injured.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala are charged with murder, reckless driving, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and failing to asses the injuries of the victims.

Both accused pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Nemavhidi started handing down judgment on Wednesday, summarising the testimony of 20 witnesses. Friends and family of the schoolchildren, and of Tshabalala and Maarohanye, were present.

Judgment continues.

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