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Jub Jub not to blame, witness claims

2012-03-02 22:14

Johannesburg - Musician Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye's co-accused Themba Tshabalala was responsible for the 2010 crash that claimed four lives, the Protea Magistrate's Court heard on Friday.

"He is responsible for causing the accident," eyewitness Mphumelelo Vezi told the court.

Vezi was a passenger in Tshabalala's car when he allegedly collided with Maarohanye's car in Soweto on March 8 2010.

They were allegedly drag-racing their Mini Coopers along Mdlalose Drive in Protea North, Soweto, when one of the cars ploughed into a group of school pupils.

Vezi told the court that Tshabalala attempted to overtake while a minibus taxi was approaching about 40m in front of them.

When he returned to the left lane to avoid colliding with the taxi, he clipped Maarohanye's car, which resulted in the accident.

He told the court Tshabalala's car hit a group of pupils as it rolled after hitting a kerb. Four boys were killed and two others severely injured.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala are on trial for murder, attempted murder, and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

The trial was postponed to May 7, when State prosecutor Raymond Mathenjwa will cross-examine Vezi.

Comments
  • Simnikiwe - 2012-03-02 22:25

    Jub Jub not to blame indeed...blame it on the alcohol.

      Ntombizethu C. Sithebe - 2012-03-02 23:07

      @Simnikiwe. so much insentivity, he is 2 blame claiming almost 6 lives, i guess its just easy 2 put the blame on someone else rather than 2 take responsibilty 4 our actions, if thats the direction we are heading 4 then i feel sorry 4 this youth.

      Barefoot - 2012-03-03 10:20

      Simnikiw are you serious or just trying to show the absurdity of the case? i believe the latter is true you getting thumb down from people who don't get the word playin or sarcasm in the statement. i think we can go as far as blaming the maker of the car for making such a nice racing car or even the man who invented the wheel.

  • Lerato Magabane - 2012-03-02 22:36

    sorry for u themba for nt being a celebrity n money to bribe the witnesses! u gna go down alone

      rbczovczov - 2012-03-03 07:13

      I guess Jub Jub has got the best witness money can buy.

  • FinalJustice - 2012-03-02 22:37

    I honestly can't believe the way this trail is being stretched out to the limit, the way this retard is sitting there, convinced that he still has a chance to get out of it all at the cost of his own conscience! Typical example of the screwed up judiciary in this 33rd-world country of ours.

  • Nicholas - 2012-03-02 22:44

    Please God let all this come to an end soon ...yawn.

  • Phil.Kleynhans - 2012-03-02 22:58

    I can't believe the mentality of his legal reps bringing a witness like that. Jou raced, you drink and you killed innocent kids - That guilty

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-03-02 23:16

    Can you say "scape-goat"?

  • John - 2012-03-02 23:35

    What a load of bull. I see money changing hands here to get Jub Jub off the hook. They are ALL guilty, they were racing down the street, intoxicated, and ploughed into innocent children. Throw them all in jail and throw away the keys

  • Renier - 2012-03-03 05:00

    Both drivers enjoyed the race therefore both must suffer the same consequences.

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-03-03 05:26

    Was his blood not tested ? was he not speeding ? not very honourable now putting all the blame on his friend , what is he saying now, he was driving down the road within the speed limit when his friend came up and overtook him were they not driving somewhere together . Somebody's lying

  • IrvinIco - 2012-03-03 05:50

    Why didn`t she come earlier with this information. Why now? With such critical information. Its so suspicious. Maybe someone is being protected.

  • Mohlakoana - 2012-03-03 06:10

    "He told the court Tshabalala's car hit a group of pupils as it rolled after hitting a kerb",how did he witnessed this if he was a passenger?

      fmashao - 2012-03-06 17:13

      U need to get ur facts right Mohlakoana before we take on public platforms and expose your ignorance, the courts work on statements that were made by all the accused on the day accident, and it was the witnesses and forensic reports that said that, I don't understand why it's so unbelievable that Jub's isn't the one who hit the kids, why is it not suited to be his co accused but him, are so even as people that we have to wish for ppls down fall, judge and forget about own own actions, how u cheating on ur partner on drivin whilst texting with out a seatbelt better wrong than what Molemo did!? The purpose of the court is to get to the truth! I doubt a grown ass man like Themba would Ever agree to sit in prison for some one else's wrong doing, and we will hear his version of events when he takes the stand!!! !?

  • Andrew - 2012-03-03 06:39

    Another postponement! How much longer for the parents of the slain children to endue?

  • Prince Johnson Young-t - 2012-03-03 06:53

    lol this is goat scape. who said money cant buy happns

  • Kevin - 2012-03-03 06:54

    I hope as they prove this witness lied that they will charge him and jail him.

  • Ray Magagula - 2012-03-03 06:54

    Money is clearly talking and bs iw walking, ET's killers were tried and convicted in like 5min after being arrested, a person who steals will be locked up b4 they can tie their shoes but these guys murder innocent children who's only crime was to walk from school, the kids are dead, these guys were drunk and high and racing, thats not a mystery its a fact and 2 YEARS down the line they are still free? It sounds like a movie script, oh no, its real isn't it, wow! Go Jub Jub, i hope he feels like THE man

      Lunga - 2012-03-03 07:20

      The problem with the general public is that they judged him and found him guilty on Day 1. The fact is, the state has not been able to prove beyond reasonable doubt that he was drunk and speeding.

  • Lunga - 2012-03-03 07:15

    The State has not been able to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Jub Jub was a) drunk, or high; b) whether he was speeding or not. This case would impress even the most experienced of law professors. For the defence, this is a slam dunk case. I feel for Jub Jub. The public is 200% sure that he is guilty, and no matter what happens in court, the public will always believe that someone was paid off somewhere. He should be innocent until proven guilty.

      Lunga - 2012-03-03 08:11

      You did not read my comment, Maggie.

      Barefoot - 2012-03-03 10:12

      Unfortunately we haven't heard experts but look at this for a car to hit people and kill them and continue to move until stopped by a tree it has to be doing more than 60ks per hour which is the speed limit in residential areas this can be determined by looking at the scene and damage to the car- do we have accident investigators? two if he was not racing and he managed to hit those kids then can he control his car? wasn't he looking at the road? there are many factors not only drinking and driving

      Scebberish - 2012-03-03 11:54

      Lunga, you feel for him? Why, what have you done that you can feel for someone who kills children? iF there was no evidence he would NOT have been charged! Now he is paying witnesses to throw reasonable doubt to try get off. They should be investigated and if lying they should be charged with Purgery and locked up with him.

  • alyssalover - 2012-03-03 07:22

    I'm not a supporter of him by any means and its a real shame such negligence can cause so many lives but why is this seen as murder? I don't think he purposely tried to kill the kids. I'd put this as manslaughter not murder or attempted murder.

      Onke Tshaka - 2012-03-03 08:49

      the media said they were racing and all of a sudden everyone in this site believes that they were racing, we all weren't there and should let this play out in court, after all...we don't want to wrongfully imprison someone who is innocent. people claim that the judge is being played, I would also be justified if I said the media play all those who have judged and prosecuted jub jub not knowing the full story

  • Fanie - 2012-03-03 07:22

    Is this witness being paid to say these things? Is the witness now the judge? This little boy was speeding with the other guy and between the 2 of them people were killed, sorry murdered. So by association both are guilty of murder, period, if the judge finds them guilty. It does not matter if they were under drugs or alcohol(which makes the crime even worse), It remains the fact they were speeding in a street where people were walking and gathering.Look to the taxi driver in the Cape. he got 20 years without appeal. These two must get life for killing these people and if the death penalty is restored death it must be.

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-03-03 09:31

      Being a celebrity seems to be a loophole in any crime.. Surely if all witnesses start changing their stories after first saying something else, it's dodgy?? Their testimonies should be thrown out. I think the metro cops are also being paid off. Now because they were there and they've not come forward saying they saw anything unlawful happen that caused the accident, the drivers didn't do anything wrong?? Kids were killed and nobody's going to take responsibility?? All of them should rot in jail.

  • Jaffea Joe - 2012-03-03 07:26

    This is the 1st time in hearing that the was a passenger. Looks like jub jub is gonna pay his way out of a long term detention at a maximum security centre. The funny thing is that they are leaving his friend he was racing with hanging, no loyalty at all. He might get away with it here, but his conscious will slowly it at him everyday of his life.

  • Fanie - 2012-03-03 07:35

    It has become clear that here is a pattern all of a sudden. Witnesses are all starting to tell exactly the same story. If the judge can't see it then there is no hope for the justice system in this country. This case is taking so long. What is wrong with this judge. The attorney's are playing him like a fish.

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-03-03 08:02

    its the devil man i tell you i have seen the devil he was driving the car yeah right and the moon is made of cheese

  • Vic - 2012-03-03 08:21

    They are all damn liars! Show no leniency.

  • Desmond - 2012-03-03 08:21

    Is this how the juditial system no works. The WITNESS is now the JUDGE and decides who is to blame or not. They were both speeding which caused the deaths and should both be locked up. Being a celebrity should not be a free get out of jail card.

  • Clive - 2012-03-03 08:26

    They were racing in built up area. It is not about who lost control. They are both to blame

      Lunga - 2012-03-03 08:35

      The state has not been able to prove beyond reasonable doubt that they were speeding.

      Scebberish - 2012-03-03 11:50

      Lunga, iF there was no evidence he would NOT have been charged! Now he is paying witnesses to throw reasonable doubt to try get off. They should be investigated and if lying they should be charged with Purgery and locked up with him.

  • flysouth - 2012-03-03 08:48

    To race on the public road takes two cars and two drivers - racing on a public road is illegal in any circumstances. Thus it is irrelevant whose car clipped whose car etc - they are both guilt of causing this accident and these tragic deaths and should both suffer the same punishment. Just like the Capetown taxi driver whose utter disrespect for road traffic laws caused the death of 10 kids, they should be handed 20 years in jail. This case has gone on for far too long. A simple motoring case such as this should be dealt with in a week or two. I would like to know just who is influencing events to delay justice - and therefore to attempt to deny justice?

      fmashao - 2012-03-06 17:28

      All these racing statements come from what the press is saying, and now that the same media who live on the word allegation is reporting the facts to ALL of us we can't comprehend the truth! Uwe need to get our facts right before we take on public platforms and expose our ignorance, the courts work on statements that were made by all the accused on the day accident, Are you saying uounwould take the blame for someone else's wrong doing all in the name of way? Making the publics perception and judgments happy!? Wow ur brave! I don't understand why it's so unbelievable that Jub's isn't the one who hit the kids, why is it not suited to be his co accused but him, the taxi driver WHO was there said these guys were racing, maybe there was an intention to race from onset and Jubs saw the metros early enough to slow down or maybe Themba felt the urger to speed his own car, thats all for the court to decide. are we so evil as people that we have to wish for ppls down fall, judge and forget about own own actions, howz u cheating on ur partner or driving whilst texting with out a seatbelt better wrong than anyother rong doing,? My point is no1 but the magistrate and God know the truth, The purpose of the court is to get to the truth! And I doubt a grown ass man like Themba would Ever agree to sit in prison for some one else's wrong doing, and we will hear his version of events when he takes the stand!!!

  • Don - 2012-03-03 09:00

    weren"t they both racing...dicing and both participating in the race ? Isn't it for the court to decide who is responsible not the witness ?

  • Gail - 2012-03-03 10:51

    We should all remembr to take everything we read in the media with a certain amount of skepticism and ask ourselves whether we should believe it because it is in the paper. There seems to be a tendency to want to bring down people who have achieved success through their own talents and allow it to go to their heads and live life on the edge as part of their hype. Bad news sells newspapers particularly if it is about celebrities. Were they drag racing and was Themba the person who actually caused this accident by overtaking in the face of an oncoming taxi? It certainly sounds as though he is accepting responsibility for what happened from both witness reports and his own. If he clipped Jub Jub's front wing at 70kms it would be more than enough to throw JJ's car and his own into an uncontrollable spin with the foreseen results and tragic deaths. It sounds plausible enough. Were they drag racing one another in a dangerous stretch of road due to impaired judgement caused by substance abuse? There is certainly reason to think so. If the judge who has all the evidence in front of him believes that this is the case then both of them are equally responsible for the deaths and should both receive appropriate sentences. Nothing will bring back those who were lost that day. Their families and friends will be forever deprived of seeing them grow up and fulfil their potential as Jub Jub was able to.

  • Infor Mation - 2012-03-03 11:44

    forget the witness , he was involved in an illegal drag race , ppl died because of him and his co-accused. if i was involved in that accident or any of you we would've all been in jail already

  • Barefoot - 2012-03-03 12:27

    Apparently jub was under the influence of some substances i would say if it's true if then the passenger most probably was under the influence too, unfortunately no blood was taken from him- if he was high then he's just a delusional little man in court

  • Christopher - 2012-03-03 17:16

    How much is JUb Jub paying you Vezi?

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