Pandemonium breaks out at Jub Jub hearing

2010-05-28 09:45

Pandemonium broke out at the Protea Magistrates Court today

after Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala’s case

was postponed.

Following their brief appearance on charges of murder, reckless

driving and driving under the influence of alcohol, the families of the four

schoolchildren killed in the March car accident rounded on Jub Jub as he tried

to leave the court.

As one of the school children’s mothers cried, the group of

relatives and friends of the deceased ran after him, stretching their arms out

to try and catch him as they screamed and swore at him.

Police officers tried to shield him but the crowd pushed the police

aside and continued trying to grab him. Police managed to get Jub Jub out of the

court building and took him to a neighbouring police station. He was expected to

be escorted out of the area.

Diniswa Khambule, grandmother of Prince Mahobe who died in the

crash that led to the charges, said the women in court were some of the mothers

who were seeing the people accused of their children’s deaths for the first

time.

Khambule said: “We will kill him, he must come and

apologise.”

She said there were witnesses who wanted to testify in the case but

were either too scared to come forward or were being turned away by

police.

Initially when Jub Jub entered the court, there was no place in the

public gallery for him to sit before his case was called and he was placed

awkwardly on the same bench as reporters.

His co-accused appeared to have lost weight since his last

appearance.

The two would return to the court July 30 to allow further time for

investigation. There was no mention of a possible amendment of the murder

charge.

The accident happened on March 8 when their Mini Coopers crashed

and veered off the road, killing the children.

The prosecution had said preliminary tests showed the musician had

cocaine and morphine in his system, while Tshabalala was twice over the legal

alcohol limit.

Both accused were out on R10 000 bail.

The Sowetan reported that 17-year-old Frank Mlambo, one of the

children hit during the accident was not able to talk.

Mlambo’s mother, Martha, said: “Doctors said his head injuries are

so severe that his mental capacity has gone back to that of a

two-year-old.”

He was discharged from hospital on May 19 after weeks of treatment,

which included draining blood from his head.

She said she is “so tired” as her days involve checking on Frank,

or finding money for the disposable nappies he now needs. She also has to care

for Frank’s siblings, a one-year-old child and a 14-year-old.

“It is really tough. I cannot work anymore. It is impossible to

wake up and go to work when you are physically, emotionally and mentally worn

out,” said Mlambo who was a railway security guard and now lives on

handouts.

Fumani Mushwana, who also survived the accident, was discharged

from hospital on March 24.

He had an operation to the chest and leg and for a while breathed

through a tube. He said he could not remember much about the accident but got

nervous when he saw a car travelling at high speed in his direction. Some of his

friends now hold his hand when they see a car coming.



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