Jub Jub judgement postponed

By Drum Digital
12 October 2012

A Soweto court postponed judgment in the murder trial of musician Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala on Friday.

The State asked for a postponement after lunch.

Magistrate Brian Nemavhidi agreed, saying: "I think it is appropriate to continue on Tuesday to avoid a disjuncture in the judgment."

Before lunch, Nemavhidi adjourned proceedings and asked the prosecuting team and the lawyers for the two accused to meet him in his chambers.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala were allegedly drag-racing in Mdlalose Street, Protea North, on March 8, 2010 when they crashed into a group of school children.

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 assess the injuries of the victims. Both accused pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

The Protea courtroom was packed, with some people having to stand. Halfway through the morning's proceedings, a police officer was sent to check on Maarohanye as he sat with his head down. He signalled that he was fine and sat up.

Nemavhidi started handing down judgment on Wednesday and concluded summing up the evidence of witnesses on Friday.

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