Jub Jub car had passengers - witness

2011-03-23 22:08

Johannesburg - A teenage witness in the murder trial of musician Molemo Jub Jub Maarohanye and co-accused Themba Tshabalala told the Protea Magistrate's court on Wednesday that there were passengers in the alleged racing cars.

Four schoolchildren died and two were severely injured when Maarohanye and Tshabalala's cars ploughed into a group of schoolchildren on March 8 last year, while they allegedly drag raced along Mdlalose Drive, between Protea Glen and Protea North.

The two men also face charges of attempted murder and reckless or negligent driving.

On Wednesday, teenage witness Portia Mafika told the court she saw the two Mini Coopers driven by Maarohanye and Tshabalala blocking part of Mdlalose drive.

The driver of one of the grey and blue cars communicated with a passenger in the other car before they sped from a starting line towards her and a group of friends at the corner of Mdlalose drive and Nkoli street.

Mafika said she did not see the cars crash, but rushed to the scene after the accident.

Shortly after the accident, she saw the passengers with the police and Maarohanye, she told the court.


Earlier, she testified that she and her friends screamed in excitement when they realised Maarohanye was driving one of the vehicles.

She said she did not see her friend Ntokozo Mahlangu filming the cars on her cellphone before they crashed. She saw the footage only after the incident.

Mafika, whose statement about the incident was taken only in February this year, had told the court she had a good memory of events before the fatal accident.

However, under cross examination she admitted that there was no actual starting line on the road and that she was not completely sure if there were passengers.

Repeatedly challenged to demonstrate how the cars were filmed, she did, even though she had previously testified that she did not seen her friend taking the footage.

State prosecutor Raymond Mathenjwa objected to the requests, but defence lawyer Ike Motloung said he was only objecting because he had noticed that Mafika was contradicting herself.

Magistrate Brian Nemabidi intervened, instructing them to conduct themselves in a manner which would ensure justice was served.

The trial was postponed to May 20 when a metro police officer is expected to testify.

  • Mauritz Swanepoel - 2011-03-23 23:56

    You know this is really not what this case needs. I wish the state would get credible witnesses which can ensure these boys get locked up. It will be SUCH A PITY if they were to get released on a basis of crappy witnesses. They did it, its as clear as daylight, what more do they need? WHY ARE WE EVEN HAVING A COURT CASE?????

      Susannomore - 2011-03-24 07:35

      Unless they pled gulty, there has to be a trial! They could come with an excuse like there was a dog in the road which they try to miss, or mechanical failure. At least his die-hard fans are hopefully seeing the real idiot behind the music

      Thangy - 2011-03-24 11:37

      How on earth are they going to solve the Dewani case if they cant sort this one out

  • Introduction - 2011-03-24 06:46

    I dont understand why this case is still dragging on, the judge know that they were under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Four children died and they had an illegal race in the streets. Why cant they just go to jail. As easy as that.

      Meanleader - 2011-03-24 18:06

      OJ Jub Jub ! Welcome to Zoomers New SA !!!!!

  • Susannomore - 2011-03-24 07:33

    Why was her statement only taken in February? Her testimony will lose all credibility

  • nic69ers - 2011-03-24 09:40

    I can tell you now they will get off!!

  • pornidentity - 2011-03-24 12:24

    big babba from cell block C cant wait to give jub jub a love bite on his bum

  • Meanleader - 2011-03-24 18:05

    So the passengers were with the POLICE after the crash ...... and it was not on the report ???? That sounds right .... nothing surprising about Police corruption !!!

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