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Jub Jub trial postponed

2012-05-07 17:24

Johannesburg - The murder trial of musician Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala was postponed by the Protea Magistrate's Court on Monday.

"The matter is postponed to May 14 for accused number two's [Tshabalala] case," Magistrate Brian Nemavhidi said.

"The case against accused number one [Maarohanye] is provisionally closed for the expert testimony."

This was expected to be an IT expert who would challenge the authenticity of cellphone video footage presented by the State earlier in the trial.

State prosecutor Raymond Mathenjwa told the court he would need time to study the witness's evidence, and would be out of the province on official business from Monday evening.

Passenger cross-examined

On Monday morning, Mathenjwa cross-examined eyewitness Mphumelelo Vezi.

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

One of the cars ploughed into a group of school boys, killing four of them, and leaving two others brain damaged.

Tshabalala and Maarohanye were allegedly drag-racing at the time.

Vezi told the court the left rear of Tshabalala's blue Mini Cooper hit the right rear of Maarohanye's grey Mini Cooper.

"I did not see it, but I felt it and I heard it... The bang was loud, but not very loud. I was sitting on the left rear of the blue car, where the bang was," he said.

Questioned about his initial statement, Vezi said when he used the term "swerve" to describe what Tshabalala did, it was incorrect because Tshabalala moved back into his lane.

Room for error

"So you are now conserving the second mistake in your evidence," Mathenjwa said. Vezi replied: "There is always room for error."

Photographic evidence in court showed the petrol cap, paint, window and tyre were intact on the left rear of Tshabalala's blue Mini Cooper.

Mathenjwa asked: "Do you see any corresponding damage to the loud bang you heard?"

"No," replied Vezi.

Mathenjwa then asked him to match the damage to the cars on photographs.

"I don't know how you want me to answer that. I heard a loud bang... I heard a bang on the side of the car," said Vezi.

Mathenjwa asked: "What you heard, is it supported by the evidence?"

"No, sir," Vezi replied.

Vezi told the court Tshabalala and Maarohanye knew each other through him.

In March, Vezi told the court that Tshabalala was responsible for the 2010 crash. He said Tshabalala had tried to overtake Maarohanye while a minibus taxi was approaching about 40m in front of them.

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

Tshabalala wore a black suit in court on Monday. Maarohanye was in a brown leather jacket and black jeans.

Comments
  • Shirley - 2012-05-07 17:34

    This is a farce,an injustice to the victims,the way this has been continuously postponed! Waste of time and money and in the meantime the families of those children have to live in limbo!

  • Sharon - 2012-05-07 17:48

    They are going to die of old age before this case is resolved!!!

  • Donovan - 2012-05-07 17:49

    How long does it take to administer justice, it's been over two years! Imagine all the pain and suffering the victims' families have had to endure. There is no point in a justice system if it's gonna take so long. Some serious reforms are needed in our system to speed up the process of justice.

  • Grace - 2012-05-07 18:16

    Is this 'Fashion week' or a murder trial? What relevance is the clothing the wore in court????

      linda.ish - 2012-05-08 15:58

      exactly...its people's lives and pain we talking about here

  • Lucy - 2012-05-07 18:29

    So amazing that these idiots and Sifiso Zulu with his crash in Durban that killed people too....amazing how they had such bravado and little respect for others whilst they were on the road and thought themselves big shots....now have every excuse and trick in the book and no bravado in them...now they have not got the moral fibre in them and have not got the guts and backbone to take responsibility and own up to their actions. SHAME ON THEM ALL!!

      Shirley - 2012-05-07 18:32

      100 tbumbs up!

  • Andrew - 2012-05-07 18:37

    Absolutely unbelieveable how our justice sysrem works. Postponement after postponement. Typical of our judicial inefficiency. Sick!!!

  • Thapy - 2012-05-07 18:57

    I honestly don't get it,what the hell does these culprits suits and leather jackets have to do with the updates of this case.Will there ever be justice though. Its just too sad that each year the families of the poor kids who died have to go through hell everytime they think of the tragedy and the people who are responsible are just carrying on as if nothing happend.This clearly states that Justice Delayed is Justice Denied!

  • Tsotsi-Baby - 2012-05-07 19:09

    Longest trial ever

  • Sylvia - 2012-05-07 19:14

    Who cares what they were wearing? Just get the case over and done with, and let justice be served.

  • Nkosinathi - 2012-05-07 20:06

    These two criminals that killed school children if it was in Botswana by now they would be appealing death sentences, but unfortunate our constitution is criminal friendly. These two killers are still known as suspects according to our laws. This is dangerous democracy!!!!

  • Crracker - 2012-05-07 20:39

    Those same lawyers (ALL of them) involved in and adding to the never ending postponements and who in the process enjoy a comfortable existence out of the workings and processes of the legal system are damning the same legal system. They are destroying its legitimacy and value in the eyes of the rest of society. Can't they just for once think a bit further. They are destroying their own livelihood. People are not going to take the nonsense forever.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-07 20:55

    Jub Jub trial postponed Absolutely brilliant! A first in judicial history! Once in a lifetime event! A masterstroke ! Totally contrary to expectation! Justice the winner! Unique decision!

  • linda.ish - 2012-05-08 15:54

    this is just so unfair to the families i must say. when are they going to find closure and peace with the tragedy if this is going on for a third year already..i understand the law needs to take its course and i just hope justice will be served....can the kids rest in peace yooo...

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