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Jub Jub only drank juice, witness claims

2012-03-01 22:36

Johannesburg - Murder-accused musician Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye drank only juice before an accident that killed four schoolboys, a witness told the Protea Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

The passenger in Maarohanye's Mini Cooper, Tumelo Mokoka, said the musician registered a "00" reading on the breathalyser when he was tested.

"Maarohanye was tested several times. The traffic officers said the breathalyser might be faulty," Mokoka told the court.

Maarohanye's co-accused, Themba Tshabalala, however tested positive for alcohol after the accident, he said.

Mokoka told the court Tshabalala drank whisky prior to the accident, while Maarohanye drank "100 percent" juice.

Tshabalala and Maarohanye were allegedly drag racing their Mini Coopers along Mdlalose Drive in Protea North, Soweto, on March 8 2010, when one of the cars ploughed into a group of schoolboys. Four were killed and two others left with permanent injuries.

They are charged with murder, attempted murder, reckless or negligent driving, and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Earlier, there was a tense exchange between Mokoka and prosecutor Raymond Mathenjwa, when the witness said: "Chief, I'm not a lawyer to remember every aspect."

Asked why he had left out crucial aspects about the accident in his statement to police, Mokoka replied: "No answer."

"Do you know children were killed in this matter? You are not going to channel my questioning," Mathenjwa said.

Retorted Mokoka: "So you want to channel my answer?"

The State alleges Mokoka's court testimony differs from his written statement. In his statement to police, Mokoka said he saw Tshabalala's car collide with Maarohanye's.

However, in his evidence in court, he said he only heard a loud bang on the right side of Maarohanye's car.

Cross-examined by Mlungiseleli Soviti, for Tshabalala, Mokoka said Tshabalala was slapped at the scene of the accident.

"One guy slapped Themba twice across the face," he told the court.

He said he then realised the crowd wanted to assault them. He asked a traffic officer to arrange for them to be put into a van for their own safety.

He said the crowd got angry when they recognised Maarohanye. A woman screamed: "Jub Jub has killed our children".

Soviti told him Tshabalala would deny being slapped at the scene of the accident.

Sporting braided hair and wearing a black jacket, Maarohanye sat with his head bowed, raising it only to write notes for his lawyer Ike Motloung, and to glance at the public gallery.

The trial continues on Friday.

Comments
  • Andre - 2012-03-01 22:58

    But snorred cocain!!!!

      Janice - 2012-03-02 07:02

      I dont give a flying .... what he did or did not drink!!! He was still as high as a kite!!!!!

  • Tim - 2012-03-01 22:59

    nothing like 100% juice to quench your thirst before a bit of reckless driving

      Scebberish - 2012-03-02 03:38

      Fermented juice.

      rbczovczov - 2012-03-02 06:34

      100% orange juice mixed with cocaine can be a deadly combination.

      Ian - 2012-03-02 07:27

      Hooligan juice. This little snotkop must take his punishment like a man, ' cause at the moment he is wetting his pants like a little pikanini.

  • Karla Soares - 2012-03-01 23:05

    When are these guys going to start taking responsibility for their actions???

  • halicon76 - 2012-03-01 23:09

    well 100% juice didn't save lives that day... did it? negligence... and i suspect other substances played a huge role.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-03-01 23:30

      Well.. I learn something new every day. Never knew Hops, barley, potatoes or sugar cane were classified as fruit. (and to a special friend..hard to get rid of bad habits..but I'm trying!)

      Sean - 2012-03-02 00:08

      What about the COKE ?

  • Trevor - 2012-03-01 23:19

    mmmmmm.....but what was in da JUICE.....YOU killer

  • Mzwakhe Mnguni - 2012-03-01 23:23

    f*ck the witness.jub jub is a murderer,his balls shud be cut off so he can be someone else's b**ch in jail.

  • Raymond - 2012-03-01 23:58

    He drank Moqomboti, twatwatwa... point remains he was racing and his childish behavior took innocent lives... drinking and not drinking has nothing to do with it... justice system should look at facts and sentence him if they ever wish to do so or call it off seeing that its their way of doing things.

  • Lerato Magabane - 2012-03-02 00:27

    Themba shame man cos ur nt a celebrity the witness wil not lie for like they doing for jub jub......frends wil always leave u in ish like this

  • Irene - 2012-03-02 00:31

    Oh please man! He drank juice just like that vile old judge who crashed into the wall, only drank tea! What did this creep flavour the juice with?

  • marnusmnorval - 2012-03-02 01:33

    VODKA EN OJ??? Hemel die een is net so skelm soos die ander. Volgende wat ons hoor het hy nie eens bestuur nie. Hyt saam superman lift hys toe gevang en toe laat val die dronk superman hom

  • braamc - 2012-03-02 01:41

    Bit of vodka and juice, bit of drugs and the you the "man"

  • Scebberish - 2012-03-02 03:37

    All that is happening here is that the Defence for Jub Jub is throwing so much crap at the judge as to produce "reasonable doubt"! does not need to be legitimate witnesses or testimonies.

  • Anthony Faul - 2012-03-02 03:49

    Pretoria North, Soweto????

  • brionyl.french - 2012-03-02 05:22

    funny how the story is now different. Originally it was reported he was drinking now he was sober? Where are the tests that said he was drunk, and where did these new results come from? Gosh...Tell me lies tell me sweet lil lies JUB JUB

  • Silvana - 2012-03-02 05:58

    What a bunch of arrogant "untouchable" pieces of human scrap. JubJub only drank juice. Yeah right, jungle juice. Tumelo Mokoka is suddenly an expert in breathaliser readins. I doubt very much that traffic officers would show the readings to a third party. The officers said the testing kit MIGHT have been faulty. I hope the officers are being paid to lie. Themba Mokoka, keep up your attitude, you're just making it worse for your buddy. They should have let the crowd slap the living daylight out of them.

      Silvana - 2012-03-02 06:09

      Oops. Should read "...NOT being paid"

  • godesha - 2012-03-02 06:16

    Whatever he drank or did not drink, snorted, injected, smoked or not, fact is he was racing and killed those children. There is no excuse for that.

  • werner.smidt - 2012-03-02 06:33

    Funny, the children are still dead. . .

  • Leonard - 2012-03-02 06:41

    When that then makes killing school children while racing allright. Must be the demons of Apartheid that was actually to blame !!!!

  • Charmaine Paterson - 2012-03-02 06:45

    As so many have commented here, the children were killed because they were reckless. Drag racing on a public road is stupid and illegal. I'm not convinced Jub Jub was clean, but even if he was, it makes no difference.

      Gideon - 2012-03-02 07:00

      Exactly!

  • Onke Tshaka - 2012-03-02 07:00

    you all seem to be forgetting one crucial part of this case, the media said they were racing but the taxi driver who had to swerve to avoid being hit said the other mini came out of no where and on the wrong side of the road...what jub jub is guilty of is speeding and we've all fell victim to that. we have high performance cars and u tell me that the max speed limit is 120 on national roads, that's just wrong

      Dumisani - 2012-03-02 07:17

      the reason why 120 is the max, is to prevent such accidents. N I doubt that the road he was on has a 120 limit, coz its used by school kids, which usually means 60 or 80 max.

      Scebberish - 2012-03-02 09:00

      Came out of no where??? I have searched the map of South Africa in great detail and I still just cannot find such a place, not even in the Yellow Pages. Please could you tell me where "no where" is? and please explain what does a cars performance have to do with safety regulations? Thank you. I think you may find that the Taxidriver looked up from his sms'ing on his cellphone just in time to see the car directly in front of him and had no idea of his surroundings. If you mean the speedlimits in SA are too high, there you are quite correct. Streets that are residential and are not feeders should only be 35 or 40 MAX. All streets around schools and playgrounds should be 30 Max!

      Christopher - 2012-03-02 09:15

      @Onke...That must be the dumbest remark I have ever heard from a human being bar one or two from that idiot Malema.I think the two of you were in the same class sitting and wanking each other off...stupid comment!!

      Allan - 2012-03-02 09:29

      Jub Jub and his co-accussed are directly responsible for killing 4 children, that fact that they were speeding, drag racing and under the influence of what ever substances, while still massively illegal is some what irrelevant, 4 counts of murder > speeding,drag racing, etc. And on a side note, the autobans in germany have no speed limits and how often do crashes occour their? People blamming the speed limit instead of their own recklessness, arrogance and poor driving habits for causing accidents is ridiculous. Yes speeding kills people, the same way that guns kill people, but you still need someone to pull the trigger or someone to drive like an idiot. Let me give you an example to clarify, a person is driving at 180kpm and cuts a corner causing a head on collision, is it the speed that he is doing that caused the accident or the fact that he is on the wrong side of the road, and cutting a corner?

  • Dumisani - 2012-03-02 07:14

    i have a bad feeling about this, it seems like Jub-Jub is going to walk. but if it was Me ,or You for that matter(non-celebrities), we would be locked up long time ago ; calling some thug "Daddy" in jail. sh*t

  • Wynand - 2012-03-02 07:30

    haha i think he forgot to mention that it was mixed with vodka... i mean i always drag race when i have to much vitamins in my system

  • TenRas1 - 2012-03-02 07:32

    we don't care, throw him in jail...

  • Angelique Nel - 2012-03-02 07:37

    That's the exact line I used when I had my first "alcoholic" drink...

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-03-02 07:45

    juice spiked with witblitz now there is something to sip

  • Yolanda - 2012-03-02 07:51

    Are you kidding me???? this is unbelievable??? and we had to wait 2 years to find out he was sober as a judge??? Surely if this was true, the defence team would have brought this up like 2 years ago!!!!

  • Edward Serfontein - 2012-03-02 07:54

    "Maarohanye drank only juice" because by then the Jin was finished

  • Kuno - 2012-03-02 08:11

    drunk or not... juice or whisky... who gives a damn... the kids are dead

  • Terry-Lee Heuer - 2012-03-02 08:17

    The fact remains these two were drag racing they killed four innocent children what more is there to it I wish this would come to an end now this has been dragging on for far too long now!!!!

  • kasamkelo - 2012-03-02 08:23

    All eyes on Jub jub, there is selective reporting here and lots of untold drama.

  • Travis - 2012-03-02 08:24

    Who gives a fu$% what he was on. He was speeding and killed 4 Kids. If it was any other normal person we would be rotting in jail already where he should be. $ kids are dead for F%&* sakes.

  • Rebaone - 2012-03-02 08:28

    Juice would not have made him to act the way he did or juices this days also contain alcohol?

  • Cilla - 2012-03-02 08:37

    Whether he had orange juice, Kool Aid or tea.... he was high on drugs and killed children because of his recklessness. He deserves no sympathy, only a heavy jail sentence.

  • Donna - 2012-03-02 08:42

    whether he did or didnt drink/snarf/pop he was driving recklessly which resulted in the death of people. what is there to debate or proof? his actions caused death.

  • Khwezi - 2012-03-02 08:44

    he drank juice, whiskey and smoke coke period

  • Kieren - 2012-03-02 09:17

    I wonder how much jub jub is paying his witnesses for these favourable testimony's and i think its working because he'll probably get off. very sad

  • marna.mare - 2012-03-02 09:28

    How stupid does he think we all are?

  • dmaloma - 2012-03-02 09:37

    Jub Jub is a liar.The story changes every now and then.

  • Sazi - 2012-03-02 09:50

    Drank juice yes........after sniffing cremora...

  • Kerry - 2012-03-02 09:59

    You know really THEY KILLED INNOCENT CHILDREN is the judge a fu*&ing IDIOT! LOCK THE FUTHER MUCKERS UP!

  • cathygradwell.naude - 2012-03-02 10:23

    At least they can't use drink as a mitigating circumstance and give him a lighter sentence if he is found guilty. Somehow, the fact this is dragging on so long makes me think he'll get a slap on the wrist at best. If it were any one without a public persona he would have been in jail long ago! I really feel for the families of the killed and injured kids, it must be pergatory for them!

  • ramona.chetty1 - 2012-03-02 11:11

    JUB JUB face the facts you n Tshabalala are going to jail for what you have done. You guys are sickening you have no remorse for your actions you guys only want to prove your innocence yet u are the least of that. Your money and your adv cant help you here maybe it will help you from becoming somebodies bitch inside but it wont help you in court. FACE UP U DID THE CRIME NOW ITS TIME TO DO THE TIME.

  • Paula - 2012-03-02 12:59

    I dont care if it was Jub Jub the fruit juice drinker or Themba the pumpkin eater both of them need to be held equally liable....They can laze around like vegetables in jail away from innocent people...Good time to come up with some new lyrics...A jingle or two for Tropika might do the trick...wet behind the ears .....Spoilt brats...

  • Bronwyn - 2012-03-02 13:09

    Liars and murderers! Those who LIE blatently for this sick disgusting creature have blood on their hands and will one day have to answer! May I remind you THIS IS UNDER OATH! DESPICABLE PEOPLE!

  • Dianne - 2012-03-02 15:16

    Juice made from the Juniper Berry and distilled ?

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