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Jub Jub trial: Accused drove in single file

2011-10-12 13:56

Johannesburg - Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and co-accused Themba Tshabalala were driving behind each other when they allegedly struck a group of schoolchildren, the Protea Magistrate's Court heard on Wednesday.

Accident reconstruction expert Renier Balt told the court the two Mini Coopers were driving in single file.

"Physical evidence did not confirm the grey Mini was on the right," he told the Soweto court.

He disputed the defence's version that the grey Mini Cooper was on the right and cut back to the left to make way for an oncoming car.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala face charges of murder, attempted murder and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

They were allegedly drag racing when one of their cars ploughed into a group of children in Protea North, Soweto, on March 8 2010, killing four boys and injuring two.

Defence lawyer Ike Motloung accused Balt of paying little attention to detail when he reconstructed the accident.

"I think there is a problem with the manner you conduct investigations," Motloung told Balt.

He said Balt had not attempted to establish why the two cars swerved to the left. Motloung submitted there was a car coming from the opposite direction, which was why the Mini Coopers veered left.

Motloung told Balt he had also not attempted to establish the starting point of the alleged drag race. Balt told the court he had not analysed the cellphone video of the alleged drag race.

He said he had seen the video, but could not analyse it because it was not given to him as evidence.

Maarohanye sat with his head bowed while Tshabalala held his head up listening to the proceedings.

The trial continues.

Comments
  • pietskiet - 2011-10-12 14:04

    They werent driving in a single file, they were actually parked behind each other. They didnt drive into the kids, the kids ran into the cars and injured themselves. And Jubjub and his mate werent using cocaine, it was sherbet on their upper lips. Just watch this space.

      proudly - 2011-10-12 14:34

      Dont give them ideas now piet, you put it beautifully!

      Buic Unix - 2011-10-12 14:46

      Spot on

  • stofsuier - 2011-10-12 14:05

    There are still four children dead !!!!!!!

  • John - 2011-10-12 14:13

    what a waste of court time ant tax money. line n up and shoot the two f@cks, they are as guilty as sin.

  • Darwinian - 2011-10-12 14:31

    A child's life means nothing when it comes to the cANCer justice system......

  • Sue Laurynhill - 2011-10-12 14:32

    Drove in single file, who cares, innocent children were killed, and these two should be rotting in jali already.

  • MojoBa - 2011-10-12 14:32

    Who the hell cares where the drag race started and which one of the cars was on which side. Try to tell the mothers of these children that these d*&*ks got off because of technicalities. Mob Justice!!!!!!!!! Bring it on

  • York Hunt - 2011-10-12 14:37

    Has anyone explored the links here? Jub Jub - Malema Jackie Maarohanye - Mandela / ANC Remember Jackie got off her court case as well...

  • ice-mint - 2011-10-12 14:42

    it was an accident. them rotting in jail will not bring the dead kids to life.

      Sue Laurynhill - 2011-10-12 14:46

      Tell that to the mothers of the children, you heartless idiot, hope you dont have children. we need justice here.

      Almaki - 2011-10-12 15:00

      It's no longer an accident when speed, drugs and liqour is involved. Then in becomes homicide.

      Silli - 2011-10-12 15:17

      If they are in jail they cannot do it again!

      Tris - 2011-10-12 15:30

      Ice-mint your a D8ck Head

      JAVSA02 - 2011-10-12 19:40

      Accidents do not just happen, unless an act of God - Tsunami, eartquake, lightning. An accident is a consequence of a combination of unsafe acts and conditions. Those responsible for the unsafe acts MUST be held accountable. Why do we in South Africa always shy away from responsibility. Sure, the kids will not be brought back, but those responsible should be man enough to stand up and take responsibility. Besides being idiots, they are also cowards.

      fireman - 2011-10-13 09:39

      We can go full circle here, accident = investigation, investigation determines root cause, root cause determined as alcohol, drugs, gross stupidity and neglect forhuman life = manslaughter = rotting in jail, I rest my case.

  • Shelley Pembroke - 2011-10-12 14:50

    Can i ask why in the heck so much attention is being paid to the make of car? In no other instance have i EVER heard the make and model of car being so heavily mentioned. MINIs are great cars. The cars didn't hit the kids. The idiots behind the wheel did.

  • Harry Meyerowitz - 2011-10-12 14:51

    Why complicate things... 2 drunk/high guys who should not be driving, but were obviously speeding, were responsible for children's deaths because if there disregard to the law. If they obeyed our laws, these kids will most probably be alive today. Let's hope and prey that justice will be served.

      (YNPL) Youth in need of a proper leader - 2011-10-12 16:50

      I thought drinking and driving was enough to put you in, they were high on crack! Isnt one of the other rules that the drunk guy is always at fault for an accident?

  • amos.kgosiemang1 - 2011-10-12 14:55

    It is hghly amazing to listern to all this stories while kids are dead.

      Darwinian - 2011-10-12 15:12

      exactly!!!!

      Kenno - 2011-10-12 15:41

      and that is the reality!! Do the crime, do the time!

  • Lesgp - 2011-10-12 15:23

    I don't remember this much outrage when Bees Roux kill that cop, and paid off the family. In fact he'll be in France soon, plying his trade. However when it's a darked coloured person were all to quick to blame the cANCer.... . How sad is that? Then we wonder why were such a devided nation.

      GuyverXT9 - 2011-10-12 15:29

      The cases have nothing to do with each other. Clearly you are on the wrong article. Go back to school now, your not going to pass grade A by playing on the internet.

      JAVSA02 - 2011-10-12 19:26

      You cannot compare at all. What prompted Bees's actions? You very conveniently forget that.

  • JAVSA02 - 2011-10-12 19:42

    Accidents do not just happen, unless an act of God - Tsunami, eartquake, lightning. An accident is a consequence of a combination of unsafe acts and conditions. Those responsible for the unsafe acts MUST be held accountable. Why do we in South Africa always shy away from responsibility. Sure, the kids will not be brought back, but those responsible should be man enough to stand up and take responsibility. Besides being idiots, they are also cowards.

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