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Jub Jub adamant that witnesses are lying

2011-12-06 22:35

Johannesburg - The murder trial of musician Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala was postponed until February 20 by the Protea Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Prosecutor Raymond Mathenjwa continued to cross-examine Maarohanye on Tuesday on the events leading to the car crash on March 8 last year in which four school children died and two were seriously injured.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala allegedly crashed into the group of school children in Mdlalose Street, Protea North, while racing their blue and grey Mini Coopers.

Maarohanye, who was driving a grey Mini Cooper S, took to the stand on Monday to give his version of events.

He denied hitting any of the children, saying he struck a kerb after Tshabalala crashed into him.

He said he was driving on the left side of the road heading north while Tshabalala, who was driving a blue Mini Cooper S, was on the right facing oncoming traffic on the two-way road.

Maarohanye told the court he had a brief blackout after crashing into the kerb. When he regained consciousness, his car was lying sideways against a tree.

"I did not hit anybody. When I hit the tree there was no one I had hit," he told the court in response to questions from his lawyer Ike Motloung on Monday.

Maarohanye said he knew this because his car did not have blood on it. Its body was not damaged, as opposed to Tshabalala's bloodied car.

On Tuesday Mathenjwa dismissed Maarohanye's claim of having suffered a blackout as "a concoction".

He said Maarohanye's version of events did not match that of several eye witnesses, including that of his friend Tumelo Mukoka, who was a passenger in his car when it crashed.

Mathenjwa told Maarohanye that if he could remember that he did not hit anyone until he hit a tree, he had not suffered a blackout.

During cross-examination by Mathenjwa, Maarohanye told the court that he had not told his attorney about the blackout he suffered in the accident.

Mathenjwa referred to evidence given by Katlego Kgomo that Maarohanye crashed into two children from Almond High School in Protea South, and that this was never disputed by Motloung.

He asked why this was the case and Maarohanye said he could not explain.

Mathenjwa said Mukoka had not mentioned that Maarohanye suffered a blackout.

He read out Mukoka's testimony that Maarohanye was hit by Tshabalala's car and lost control of it before it hit a kerb.

Witnesses are lying

Earlier in his testimony, Maarohanye said that after being hit by Tshabalala's car on the right rear side, he held on tight to his steering wheel and kept the vehicle straight.

But Mukoka said that after hitting the kerb, Maarohanye tried to control his car until it landed on its side on the side of the road.

Maarohanye said that from the time he hit the kerb, he did not know what happened and woke to find his car on the side of the road facing the road at 90° angle.

Mathenjwa challenged Maarohanye's evidence about the time blood was drawn from him and Tshabalala at Chris Hani Baragwaneth Hospital on the day of the accident.

Maarohanye had said blood was drawn from them by a Dr Luko around 23:00, but both the doctor and a policeman identified as Maseko indicated that it was between21:00 and 22:00.

"Are you saying the doctor is lying," Mathenjwa asked.

"I remember Dr Luko clearly. We did not really get a pleasant treatment from him. I only got charged at 01:00. If that was the case why were we sitting at the hospital until 00:00. Even Themba can tell you," Maarohanye said.

"Mr Maseko lied about a lot of things. Mr Maseko and the doctor as far as I am concerned are lying," he said.

Mathenjwa also questioned Maarohanye about his evidence that he met Tshabalala at a stop sign along Mdlalose Street in Protea Glen moments before the accident.

The lawyer referred to earlier testimony by two witnesses, Portia Mahlangu and Ntokozo Mahlangu, that Maarohanye and Tshabalala stopped in the middle of the road, obstructing traffic, before they allegedly took off parallel to each other at high speed.

The witnesses said Tshabalala overtook Maarohanye and drove on the left side of the road before the musician overtook him again before the accident.

However, Maarohanye insisted that the two stopped at a stop sign and that he drove off with Tshabalala behind him until the accident occurred as Tshabalala tried to overtake.

Mathenjwa again asked why the witnesses' evidence was not disputed by Maarohanye's attorney if it was not true.

"Once again, sir, the witnesses are lying. The blue car [Tshabalala's] was never ever in front of me. The only time it tried to overtake was when the accident happened," Maarohanye said.

Cross-examination will continue when the trial resumes in February. Mathenjwa said he had run out of time for the day and he still had a lot to put to Maarohanye.

The trial was delayed for almost three hours earlier on Tuesday morning by the late arrival of Tshabalala's attorney Mlungiseleni Soviti.

The trial will run from February 20 to March 2.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala are out on bail.

Comments
  • bernpm - 2011-12-06 22:55

    fact: 4 dead children and two children damaged for the rest of their lives. Can we have this done and over with? Or another Motata, Mc Bride and others with money to spare. When will judges become impatient or do they just support their legal confraters on the other side of the bench??

      Werner - 2011-12-07 06:18

      R1000000.00 says this bastard will develop some "disease" or "illness" as soon as they find him guilty.... It's called the "Shaik-Celebe" syndrome.

      Breinlekkasie - 2011-12-07 06:25

      Jub Jub already develop "blackouts" so he is halfway there.

      Samuel - 2011-12-07 08:26

      @Breinlekkasie I think he works for Eskom

  • velastardust - 2011-12-06 23:18

    Amazing! Some get sick, others cry and this one just keeps denying.

      PB - 2011-12-07 07:48

      I guess I am dreaming if I expect the police to have taken forensic evidence on the cars after the crash...? That should put a stop to the 'I dirnt do it' refrain. But then again, why would those that low on the totempole do their work properly if their Top Boss and his predesessor are such prime examples of how to behave.

      David - 2011-12-07 08:10

      He makes me think of the story of the proud mother watching a parade where a platoon marches by. "Look she says, every one of them is out of step except my son!!"

  • Sithando - 2011-12-06 23:53

    If he says witnesses aren't telling the truth that means he saw every second of his crime, no crap of concussion.

  • Jacques - 2011-12-07 00:11

    Either this bastard is the most childish piece of filth ever, or he is just narccistic beyond belief. Either way, he should cut the crap and pay. It pisses me off that traffic fines has turned into a billion Rands a year industry- which would have been OK if it actually made our roads safer- but to race Minis being all hyped up on drugs, alcohol and God knows what else (and kill 4 kids!) turns into such a damn soap opera of a court case. FFS- lock him up for life and spare our court's time.

  • Motho - 2011-12-07 00:13

    These celebs think that they can do as they wish and get away with murder; moreover, this dude doesn't show any remorse as he continues denying that he killed the kids!

      Cindy - 2011-12-07 08:48

      Agreed 100% Motho and whats the bet that when found guilty we'll have another soap opera about what a terrible childhood he had and blah blah and so, really, shame, he shouldnt go to prison but get some cushy little suspended sentence or a little fine! He is a remorseless killer!

  • Larry - 2011-12-07 05:21

    Oh Yeah, Jubjub and his "Blackout", his putting all the blame on his mate is not lying? All theWitnesses and his mate are lying and he is the only guy telling the truth, What a tosser.

  • Silvana - 2011-12-07 05:29

    Retard! When you tell a lie, you need 10 other lies to cover up the first one. You're not even good at lying.

  • Ian - 2011-12-07 06:26

    hey a hole if you had a blackout how do you know what or who you hit, what a moron

  • Haveyoursay - 2011-12-07 06:28

    He will stick to his story because the lawyers know that if you cast doubt in the witnesses the case drags on forever. It's an old stalling tactic.

  • Andrew - 2011-12-07 06:45

    This is a bad fairy tale with a blacked out storyteller and whoever made it up has no memory. Everyone telling lies about the events. What's also more disturbing is the case has now been postponed again till February 2012 , feel for the parents of the children.

  • khanyisa.sulo - 2011-12-07 07:52

    One lie after another, its one man for himself here and by the way who keeps plaiting his hair???

  • Greg - 2011-12-07 08:03

    You have officially reached the top of my most hated people list my friend!!! I hope and pray one day karma comes to find you and you end up worse than those kids! You are a piece of sh*t and don't deserve to share the same oxygen as the people around you! PIG!

  • jonomillion - 2011-12-07 08:36

    How do you "blackout" and still remember not hitting anyone?? This guy must think everyone else is stupid.

  • BA - 2011-12-07 08:59

    He complains about not being treated pleasantly by Dr Luko?? Why would the doctor lie? What kind of a self-absorbed, selfish, entitled person is this child killer?

  • Michael - 2011-12-07 09:02

    Bottom line here is...... if this character had NOT been racing, no-one would be dead!!! Simple

  • Zanele - 2011-12-07 09:04

    Some of us actually do feel sorry for Jub Jub, this was a tragic accident, the children are dead but still this does not stop it from being a tragic accident. his life is about to be destroyed, we all know that no good comes out of jail and i mean the society is just so cruel and judgemental as if they don't make mistakes. Only God is the judge and i pray the families of those children but i also pray for Jub jub as well, besides the least he can do now is to say all that went down so that he can get a suitable sentence, as bad as this is he still has to defend himself because it seems like no one else wants to be on his side.

      Theresa - 2011-12-07 09:48

      Would you still feel sorry for him if it was one of your children he killed? I think not!He's not even man enough to admit he was wrong..no remorse, nothing!

  • Thulisa - 2011-12-07 09:19

    This is disappointing! Why is he even given a platform, why are we reading about his feelings on the case?

  • ludlowdj - 2011-12-07 10:16

    Deny, deny deny and lie, its the truly African way.

  • Mzamo - 2011-12-07 10:21

    He said he "got a black-out.....". Now he remembers what happened?? Strange things happen!!

  • RManne - 2011-12-07 10:22

    Oh my lord I hope they lock this cheeky, arrogant brat up for many, many, many years to come. And even if they don't, the people on the street WILL get him for what he has done.

  • duma.martin - 2011-12-07 12:35

    I’d have pleaded guilty years ago..got 15yrs for a lesser charge and got out after 3 yrs on good behavior..no need to even fake illness.

  • akaRags - 2011-12-07 23:24

    So everyone is lying except Maarohanye? How can ANYONE take him seriously? He and his mate should both be locked up for good, with pictures of those four kids in their cells to remind them for the rest of their lives, of the four lives they took, - there is so much evidence pointing to them, and Jub Jub is still trying to pull the wool over everyones eyes, expecting people to feel sorry for him. Not going to happen.

  • candicehickman312 - 2011-12-08 07:31

    You killed 4 children while you were having 'FUN'! Stop denying it, accept responsibility and go rott in jail where you belong!

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