Jub Jub judgement postponed

By Drum Digital
10 October 2012

Judgment in the murder trial of musician Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala would continue on Thursday in the Protea Magistrate's Court.

"It has been a long day," magistrate Brian Nemavhidi said as he postponed the matter on Wednesday.

"We will continue tomorrow [Thursday]."

Nemavhidi spent the day recalling evidence from specialists, analysts, witnesses and police officers in the trial that started in 2010.

"Accused number one [Maarohanye] pleaded not guilty to the 10 charges against him," Nemavhidi said.

"Accused number two [Tshabalala] also pleaded not guilty to the 10 charges against him."

The two were allegedly drag-racing in Protea North, Soweto in March 2010 when they crashed into a group of schoolchildren. Four boys were killed and two were seriously injured.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala were charged with 10 counts each, including murder, attempted murder, reckless driving, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and failing to assess the injuries of the victims.

The families of all six of the schoolchildren were in court on Wednesday and occasionally expressed emotion as Nemavhidi recalled evidence from the crash and the causes of death.

Both the families of the schoolchildren and Maarohanye expressed relief that the trial was drawing to an end.

The courtroom was packed and more benches were carried in to make space for everyone.

Tshabalala and Maarohanye both wore black suits and sat in the dock listening as Nemavhidi read the summary of evidence.

Find Love!

Men
Women