Jub Jub co-accused: I feel broken

2012-10-16 15:43
Themba Tshabalala (Picture: Sapa)

Themba Tshabalala (Picture: Sapa)

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Jub Jub guilty of murder

2012-10-16 16:03

Watch scenes from inside the Protea Magistrate's Court in Soweto where Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and his co-accused were found guilty. WATCH

Johannesburg - Musician Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye's co-accused Themba Tshabalala said he felt remorse after being found guilty on four counts of murder and two of attempted murder.

"I feel broken," he told the Protea Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

"Because I might not have the opportunity to have a future and look after my family."

Opposing bail, prosecutor Liesel van Jaarsveld told Tshabalala that he made his bail application all about himself and had not mentioned the families of the schoolchildren.

"Do you have any remorse?" she asked.

He replied: "I do, none of those kids deserved to die."

The State brought an application for Maarohanye and Tshabalala to be kept in custody after they were found guilty of murder and attempted murder.

"After conviction, the witness is expected to address your worship thoroughly on sentencing," prosecutor Raymond Mathenjwa said.

"We can't do it today... We ask that we adjourn to 30 November for sentencing. The accused were convicted of a schedule six offence and we request that they be remanded in custody."

Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala were found guilty on four counts of murder and two of attempted murder.

"The State managed to prove beyond reasonable doubt... that the accused are guilty on four counts of murder... [and] two counts of attempted murder," said Magistrate Brian Nemavhidi.

He also convicted them of racing on a public road and driving while under the influence of drugs.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala were drag-racing in Protea North on 8 March 2010 when they crashed into a group of schoolchildren.

Prince Mohube, Mlungisi Cwayi, Andile Mthombeni, and Phomello Masemola, were killed.

Frank Mlambo and Fumani Mushwana were seriously injured.

Maarohanye indicated that he would apply for bail but his legal representation ended on Tuesday, so he applied for a different lawyer to represent him.

Court was adjourned to give time for Maarohanye's legal representation to arrive.

Sentencing will take place on 30 November.

- SAPA
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