Expert in Jub Jub case 'not credible'

2011-10-11 14:24
Johannesburg - Accident reconstruction expert Renier Balt erred in his report, the Protea Magistrate's Court heard on Tuesday in the trial of Molemo Jub Jub Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala face charges of murder, attempted murder and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

They were allegedly drag-racing when one of their Mini Coopers ploughed into a group of people in Protea North, Soweto, on March 8, 2010, killing four schoolchildren and injuring two.

Defence lawyer Ike Motloung said Balt had concluded that the two vehicles did not collide with each other without verifying this with witnesses.

Errors


"You got many things wrong," Motloung said, adding that his client Maarohanye would testify that the two cars did collide.

"My opinions are formulated based on physical evidence," Balt told the court.

Motloung submitted that Balt changed his view about the Mini Cooper that hit the children after realising he could not account for two of the six boys.

Balt had told the court that the blue Mini Cooper was the one that struck the group after overturning. He later retracted his statement, saying he had made a mistake in concluding that the blue car struck the children.

Earlier, Motloung told the court that Balt was a "half expert".

Balt was unable to say how many accidents he had reconstructed, he said.

"There is a problem with the expertise. You wish to be an expert."

Qualifications


Balt told Motloung that his qualifications were internationally recognised. He told the court that he had a general contract with Road Traffic Management Corporation to investigate high profile accidents.

"I do not have a contract signed every time I am assigned a case," Balt said.

He told the court he had done more than 700 cases starting from the time he was employed by the Ekurhuleni metro as an accident reconstruction expert.

"There is a problem here, where does the 331 come from?" Motloung asked.

Balt earlier said he could not determine the total number of cases he had done, but that he had done 331 cases since he left the Ekurhuleni metro.

He said the Maarohanye accident was his 196th case.

Motloung wanted to know why a Johannesburg metro police officer had accompanied Balt to the scene of the accident.

Balt said the metro police officer was there to point the final positions of the two cars and to give him photographs of the accident taken the day before.

The trial continues.

- SAPA
Read more on:    jub jub  |  soweto  |  johannesburg  |  jub jub case
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
52 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

Christmas lingerie to make this festive season the best one ever!
13 things you might not know about Disneyland
The craziest deaths of 2014
How to make this a sensual, sexy summer!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

HOUSES FOR SALE IN Paarl

Houses R 2 690 000

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is so much going on around you and inside your head. You may want to take your ideas to the next level. Romance may be...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.