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Jub Jub trial to continue

2011-11-30 10:49

Johannesburg - The trial of Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala was scheduled to continue in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

The two face charges of murder, attempted murder, and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

They allegedly ploughed into a group of school children, killing four of them and injuring two, in March 2010 while drag racing in Mdlalose Road, Protea North, Soweto.

The trial was postponed on October 13 to allow the State to call a witness to testify on the results of their urine samples.

The State has already called two forensic analysts from the department of health, who confirmed that they analysed the urine sample.

However, they did not know the outcome because the case was not assigned to them.

Raymond Ndzo and Pheletso Makoro told the court that they only operated the machine to analyse the samples.

The witness, who was not in court during Maarohanye and Tshabalala's last appearance in October, was the one who knew the outcome of the tests as the case was assigned to her, they said.

High speed

In October, accident reconstruction expert Renier Balt wrapped up his testimony.

Balt maintained that the two Mini Coopers driven by Maarohanye and Tshabalala were moving in single file, with the silver grey Mini Cooper in front and the blue Mini Cooper at the back.

He told the court the two cars were travelling at high speed when they struck the group of schoolchildren.

Balt, whose credibility was questioned by the defence, said the Mini Coopers did not make any contact with each other before hitting the children.

This was contrary to evidence in court that the two vehicles collided before striking the six schoolboys.

Ike Motloung, for Maarohanye, told the court the blue Mini Cooper was moving on the right hand side of the road and veered into the left lane to avoid crashing into an oncoming minibus taxi.

In the process, it clipped the silver grey Mini at the rear and the two lost control.

Comments
  • Larry - 2011-11-30 11:05

    Please, enough now. Byebye Jubjub, go to jail and stop this stuffing around. You killed innocent children, now take the consequences.

      Scooter - 2011-11-30 12:41

      where you there larry? dont talk like that Larry,,, one day it will be you...

      John - 2011-11-30 12:53

      scooter i think larry is right and your are a troll

  • clivelang1 - 2011-11-30 11:39

    Very poor reporting News 24. They didn't "allegedley plough into a group...." they did plough into a group, ALLEGEDLY while under the influence of alchohol/drugs. Changes the whole meaning of the sentence!!!

      Gregory - 2011-11-30 11:43

      You don't really expect them to get that do you CliveL? Seriously, you think they will? Besides that, 20 months have gone by and these 2 are still going back and forth to court.............. F Fig S, 1. racing, 2. killed people - JAIL. Klaar. Drunk, not drunk, who cares. Off you go now, both of ya!

  • katlego.maponyane - 2011-11-30 11:52

    What exactly is being investigated here? It's not a secret, children were killed and this rat and his friend did it. What more is the court looking for? It's not a suspicion, conspiracy theory, unknown assisination - its a FACT

  • Andrew - 2011-11-30 11:52

    How many more postponements are on the cards? Think of the agony the parents of children killed are going through as the months drag on with no finality.

  • Heinrich - 2011-11-30 12:03

    "The State has already called two forensic analysts from the department of health, who confirmed that they analysed the urine sample. However, they did not know the outcome because the case was not assigned to them. Raymond Ndzo and Pheletso Makoro told the court that they only operated the machine to analyse the samples." Yeah right...sounds like some fixing behind the scenes...do we forget Mr. Malema's visit to Jub Jub?

      Richard - 2011-11-30 14:08

      I agree, it doesn't make sense. Done a fair amount of lab work myself and you always see the results when you run the machines.

  • Ann - 2011-11-30 12:35

    This trial is now becoming a total joke. It has dragged on forever and ever. It's time the courts/judge makes a ruling that will culminate in closure for the families who have been affected by this despicable example of a celebrity!

  • Pepper - 2011-11-30 12:46

    how long is this going on for OMG his was druged, drunk and speeding what the hell throw him in jail already for what is it dragging on for so long how will the families ever get closure to the tragedy if they have to be reminded of it every time

  • lovellt - 2011-11-30 12:48

    What is taking them so long. If I had to drink, drive and kill children I would have been behind bars a long time ago. Money can buy your freedom and their lawyers are doing a damn good job at exposing loopholes in the justice system.

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