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Jub Jub 'was sober after crash'

2012-03-01 14:45

Johannesburg - A breathalyser test showed that musician Molemo Jub Jub Maarohanye was sober after being involved in a fatal car crash, the Protea Magistrate's court heard on Thursday.

However, the man he was allegedly drag racing with, Themba Tshabalala, tested positive for alcohol, testified Tumelo Mokoka, who was a passenger in Maarohanye's car at the time of the accident.

"He was over the limit when he was tested," said Mokoka.

"Molemo was tested several times. The traffic cop said maybe the breathalyser was faulty," he said.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala are charged with murder, attempted murder and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Angry crowd


They 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 school pupils.

Four schoolboys were killed and two others were severely injured.

Mokoka told the court that Tshabalala's Mini Cooper hit the back of Maarohanye's car and he lost control, hitting a kerb. The car flipped and landed on its side.

He and Maarohanye were pushing his car after the crash when bystanders recognised Maarohanye and a woman shouted: "Jub Jub has killed our children."

Mokoka told the court that the crowd became angry and threatened to attack them.

He asked a traffic officer at the scene to arrange a van for them so that they could be kept inside for their own safety.

This was arranged and they were taken away from the accident scene. The traffic officers tested Tshabalala and Maarohanye for alcohol, using a breathalyser.

"Molemo registered zero and Tshabalala was said to be over the limit," he said.

The two were then taken to Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital where blood samples were drawn for further tests.

The trial continues.

Comments
  • Michelle - 2012-03-01 14:56

    How impartial is this witness I wonder?

      Narike - 2012-03-01 15:58

      Exactly. He was a passenger in the car. Since when does the court hear testimony from a layman about breathalyzer results?

  • grantybobbins - 2012-03-01 14:58

    Paying a witness to lie in court??

  • Ntsiki Mdeni - 2012-03-01 14:58

    Next they gonna tell us it wasn't him driving the car. And probably that the car does not belong to him! Or there was only one mini at the accident scene!

  • Kala - 2012-03-01 15:02

    It doesn't matter whether they were drunk, drugged, drag racing or on a casual stroll. The point is they killed 4 children. Is that fact in dispute... No. Then why worry about how much they had to drink. Convict them of murder. Finished

      Chez - 2012-03-01 15:09

      Exactly. Why is this even still going on? I hope noone ever buys a cd of his again coz it sounds to me like he may not go to jail.

  • sibusiso.hlatshwayo1 - 2012-03-01 15:04

    I kinda figured that this incident was going to get Dumped on the other dude next thing we going to be told Jub Jub should be labelled a hero.

      Johann - 2012-03-01 15:57

      Are they going to make a movie ?

  • marnusmnorval - 2012-03-01 15:05

    Screw you guys.. He was sober after the accident.. 2 Hours after it mayb..

      Marion - 2012-03-01 16:24

      Good point marnusmnorval. Question is was he sober before the crash that 'skrikked' him sober.

  • Pieter - 2012-03-01 15:05

    breathalyser's are inaccurate at best - and merely stating what was a supposed reading by a witness was that did not even conduct the test should not allowed as evidence in court. I was tested once with a breathalyser - I had 1 beer, and the reading said I was 10 times over the limit (I should have been dead at that level). Let the bloodtests tell the story...

  • TheRealWarrenB - 2012-03-01 15:06

    Sober, but high on dagga, morphine and other drugs?

      Thokozane - 2012-03-01 16:11

      Exactly. This is actually mocking our justice system.

  • David - 2012-03-01 15:06

    Sober as a judge?

      Chez - 2012-03-01 15:10

      Hee hee. that saying can no longer be used in S.A Well...not in its traditional sense anyway.

  • Michele - 2012-03-01 15:10

    This is another bugger who has shown zero remorse for his actions and he will have to face the full consequences. His behaviour though is typical of a person with a substance abuse problem, unable to take ownership of his actions, blaming , agression etc etc

  • Shirley - 2012-03-01 15:13

    Jubjub has shown NO remorse throughout the entire trial! He is guilty so pleae stop wasting tax payers time and money on this criminal! Lock him up for life and bring some justice and closure to the families!

  • ludlowdj - 2012-03-01 15:17

    What do the blood tests say? everyone who has ever had a corporate case involving staff driving official vehicles will know the hand held breathalyzers used by the police aren't worth the air blown to make them "work", working in HR And dealing with this sort of thing, I can state under oath that 99% of all the cases I have handled were thrown out of court once the blood tests came in.

  • Samantha - 2012-03-01 15:19

    this is ridiculous!- what about the testamonies of the children- does that not count!- why bother , we all know how this is going to end, money talks your way out of even murder in SA

  • Ben - 2012-03-01 15:21

    I'd be sober too if I just killed a bunch of kids...

  • evdwesthuizen1 - 2012-03-01 15:33

    GUILTY!! Nuff said!

  • Marion - 2012-03-01 15:34

    Since when is it acceptable to move the vehicle's in an accident of this magnitude? Also, why were they pushing the car when kids had died? Where were there frigging priorities. "Mokoka told the court that Tshabalala's Mini Cooper hit the back of Maarohanye's car and he lost control, hitting a kerb. The car flipped and landed on its side. He and Maarohanye were pushing his car after the crash when bystanders recognised Maarohanye and a woman shouted: "Jub Jub has killed our children."

      Bruce - 2012-03-01 16:34

      Exactly. They interfered with evidence, trying to push the car.

  • Sipho - 2012-03-01 15:37

    Watch, die ou gan wegkom hiermee...

  • Mashudu - 2012-03-01 15:39

    Tumelo Mokoka you might be trying to save ur friend ASS from going to Jail but He is going to Jail.

  • Jose - 2012-03-01 15:39

    now all of a sudden he was sober... every article prior to this stated that he had more than just booze in his blood stream..

  • Jason - 2012-03-01 15:49

    Well does it make it any better that he was drag racing sober or drunk.. he was well aware if his actions and now must face up to consequences

  • Stormkaap - 2012-03-01 15:54

    Sober geskrik after the crash ja!

      Rudie - 2012-03-01 16:15

      Nou slaan jy die spyker op die kop.

  • Gary - 2012-03-01 15:55

    two f***n years later, these a@$h@L&s are still not in jail, kangaroo court would have solved this case in two minutes

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-03-01 16:06

    Can these fools b thrown behind barz already

  • Sazi - 2012-03-01 16:08

    It doesn't matter whether he was drunk as ever or as sober as a 10 cent coin! The fact is they killed innocent kids!!

  • Laccy - 2012-03-02 17:38

    in new south african we dont care wheather you are celeb or not this boys they must just come up with the truth and apologise to the lost family and then justice must take it course they must not play with us they where driving at 60km zone what fails them to stop if they where not racing and why their cars where so badly if they where driving at the required speed i feel sorry your are still to young but now you must go and pay dirty jop.

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