Jub Jub witness 'contradicting herself'

2011-05-23 12:15
Johannesburg - The metro police officer testifying in the murder trial of Molema Jub Jub Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala was contradicting herself, defence lawyer Ike Motloung said on Monday.

"You are contradicting yourself... In the forms you have is there a space to put in the time you started," he asked Constable Velemina Mojela in the Protea Magistrate's Court.

Mojela said "no".

Motloung was cross-examining her on her evidence given in terms of the timeline in which a breathalyser and blood test was done on Maarohanye and Tshabalala. The evidence was to prove that the two men had tested positive for drugs and alcohol.

Motloung asked Mojela, who lived two streets up from where the accident happened, if she had heard when the accident happened as she was at home at the time.

"I did not hear anything except for sirens from our [police] 55 squad car when I was getting ready for work," Mojela said. "I only heard about the accident when I got to work."


State prosecutor Raymond Mathenjwa objected to Motloung's line of questioning as he said it was not relevant.

"The witness is testifying about testing for drugs and alcohol, she has never given evidence about the scene of the accident. I am struggling to get relevance from the cross-examination, she never mentioned the scene," he said.

Mojale was explaining to the court the procedure she went through when she breathalysed and drew blood from Maarohanye and Tshabalala.

The two were allegedly drag-racing when one of their Mini Coopers ploughed into a group of schoolchildren on Mdlalose Drive in Protea North on March 8, last year.

Four children were killed in the accident and two others suffered severe injuries that included brain damage.

Maarohanya and Tshabalala are facing charges of murder and attempted murder and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

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