Jub Jub lawyer warns on witness

2011-05-23 18:37

Johannesburg - Musician Molema "Jub Jub" Maarohanye's defence lawyer on Monday said he would ask the court to be careful when considering the evidence given by metro police officer Constable Velemina Mojela during his murder trial.

"When you first testified you had no documents, it was all in your head," Ike Motloung said to Mojela in the Protea Magistrate's Court.

"The statement you made had no date on."

He asked Mojela if she remembered if she had made the statement before or after December 2010. She said she did not.

"With time the memory weakens...I want to know when your statement was taken so that I can assess how weak or strong your memory was," he told her.

Maarohanye and co-accused Themba Tshabalala were allegedly drag-racing when one of their Mini Coopers ploughed into a group of school children on Mdlalose Drive in Protea North on March 8, last year.

Four children were killed in the accident and two others suffered severe injuries that included brain damage.

Maarohanya and Tshabalala are facing charges of murder and attempted murder and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The case was postponed until Tuesday when a third witness will take the stand.


An ex-South African Police Service officer was cross-examined after Mojela on Monday.

Renton Tsego was the police officer who received the results from the metro police officers who had tested Maarohanye and Tshabalala for drugs and alcohol.

He received the documents and put them away in the safe, he testified. That was his only involvement. Tsego was briefly asked questions by the state prosecutor and the defence lawyers.

Earlier in the day Motloung said Mojela was hiding something.

Mojela had testified that she had arrived at work at 17:55 and drug and alcohol tests on Maarohanye and Tshabalala were completed by 18:15.

Mojela had brought the log book from the day of the accident to court with her.

She said she had not checked at what time she started the drug and alcohol tests but had recorded the time they were completed.

Mojela explained to the court how the drug and alcohol tests were taken and what apparatus was used.

Motloung was cross-examining her on her evidence given in terms of the timeline in which tests were done on Maarohanye and Tshabalala.

The evidence was to prove that the two men had tested positive for drugs and alcohol.

Family members of the children killed in the accident showed apparent frustration with Motloung's question.

Motloung said Mojela was contradicting herself as he cross-examined her.

State prosecutor Raymond Mathenjwa objected to Motloung's line of questioning as he said it was not relevant.

  • Father-Time - 2011-05-23 19:13

    This jub jub character is nothing more than a drunken drug abusing killer. He is lucky to even be given the opportunity to defend himself, the kids he killed werent given a chance.

  • My2c - 2011-05-23 19:28

    Wat is die probleem met die witness??? Feite: Die dronk , bedwelmde donner het 'n spul kinders dood gery. Ontken hy dit nou. Was dit nou eweskielik nie meer hy nie. So what as sy nie die tyd neergeskryf het nie. You do the crime, u do the time

  • Slapper - 2011-05-23 19:35

    This whole affair is becoming a soap opera. The Bastards should be in jail, finish and klaar.

      Caitlin - 2011-05-23 19:47

      Agree with you Slapper

      Warren Pridgeon - 2011-05-24 09:17

      nah... rather let them out and let the community deal with them...

  • HCrouse - 2011-05-24 00:14

    You'd think in a case where a bunch of kids are killed by a drunk celebrity, the cops would try to make sure that the policework is up to scratch. Watch this one slip away because some grade 10 numbnuts didn't check basic procedure.

  • buzzliteyear - 2011-05-24 08:10

    1 - he was driving and killed the children or he was not? 2 - Either he was on drugs and drunk or he was not? His lawyer thinks he is SOOOOOOOO clever and as usual, beats around the bush and wastes alot of time. He is looking for a technicality to get Jub Jub off. Jub Jub is a coward and needs to own up to what he has caused. He thinks he is something special and a "celebrity", heaven help us if we look up to idiots like this. He is all smiles in court and thinks all charges will be dropped. If justice is served, he will be locked away for a long time, but who knows what can happen in our kangaroo courts!!! I feel for the families of the innocent children who have died and the pain that they feel watching this circus........

  • pugwash - 2011-05-24 08:36

    Jub Jub, you guilty of murder dude - do not pass go, go straight to jail. This is something you gonna have to live with for the rest of your life either way. Idiot!

  • Bigyin - 2011-05-24 10:35

    Hand them over to the people! They know what they did and now they are trying to get away with it. Thast is almost as bad as the accident itself.

  • mandlankos thutani - 2011-05-24 11:00

    i just wonder how do you sleep at night jub jub you killed to innocent souls and you still have the nerve to allow your lawyer to talk this rubbish so that you can go free???????/ shame on you i hope justice will be served

  • Werner - 2011-05-24 13:46

    Chances are this alcohol-using drug-abusing reckless killer will get off with bail of R10,000.00 or so. Our system system is an absolute joke. The cops/forensic experts were probably having KFC, the lawyer is probably an overpaid, uneducated smooth talking supporter of the 'artist' and his 'music'. Comrades, we must stand together. Sorry for the generalisations. But you and I know they're probably spot on.

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