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.

  • Mike or Mpho - 2011-05-23 12:22

    Wow, so he might get off on a technicality? That would be a sad day indeed

      Jacques Jones - 2011-05-23 12:31

      mob justice would suite this case better then

      daaivark - 2011-05-23 12:53

      On what do you base this assumption?

      Mthetwa - 2011-05-23 12:56

      There is little doubt in this matter ...... I think

      watalife - 2011-05-23 13:06

      @Mike or Mpho, This seems to be the order of the day lately.Then again have you ever heard of an JMPD officer that you can trust? Should he be found not guilty then he should be set free to the Mob.

  • advurt - 2011-05-23 12:24

    Just watch - this piece of pig excrement JUB JUB is going to get off from all of this. DEXTER anyone?

  • mamakalami - 2011-05-23 12:29

    Now he can tell time?

  • GinSA1 - 2011-05-23 12:36

    I wonder how the Attorneys (any Attornes) who know that their Client is guilty as charged, and especially in cases where innocent people are killed, sleep at night, when they defend them, and when on technicalities or their 'brilliance' manage to see them acquitted?

      neo_acheron - 2011-05-23 13:00

      Its unfortunately one of those things attorneys have to do. Everyone is, by our constitution, allowed to have legal aid. If no one wants to represent them voluntarily, one gets assigned by the state. Do not blame the poor attorney if the client is a murderer, he is just doing his job and I am sure he has some sleepless nights about that. (Not that I am defending all of them. I hate their guts most of the time, especially if they pull the technicality bullcrap out of their asses). I wouldn't worry too much if he does get acquitted. The people want his blood and if he manages to escape prison, he won't be able to show his face in public again.

      RobertKay - 2011-05-23 13:12

      I can tell you as a (now retired) advocate, I would refuse to take a case such as this one. I know, as mentioned, they are entitled to a fair trial, but I could in all honesty not defend anyone where in my own mind there could be a miscarriage of justice due to a technicality. There is more to winning a case for a client then to try and prove to a court that due to a technicality my client should be found not guilty!

  • jeremy - 2011-05-23 12:43

    Every time there's a contentious court case, there are correspondents who firmly believe that justice won't be done because of a technicality or whatever! The last one was the Cheryl Cwele drug mule case. Well, she got 12 years - and justice WILL be done in this case too! Our judges and magistrates aren't fools - even though some of our prosecutors and defence attorneys sometimes appear to be......

      advurt - 2011-05-23 12:50

      erm yes Jeremy. Cheryl is STILL free, still being paid a salary and her appeal case will carry on forever with our TAX money. So, while the judges may not (all) be fools, the system is broken.

      Spirit - 2011-05-23 13:09

      Erm yes Jeremy - is Schabir Shaik now sitting in jail? Is our own Mr Shower-head behind bars? What about Mr Jackie Selebi sitting quietly in “die Tronk”, the answer is no Jeremy, now you tell me why?

      MissRed - 2011-05-23 13:13

      Just like schabir shaik............ring any bells!! There is no justice in this country any more!!!!

      Badballie - 2011-05-23 13:33

      her case is under appeal, it still remains to be seen if true justice is ever done

  • ANCBlackAngel - 2011-05-23 12:48

    this little jub jub is a guilty bastad and must go to jail to face his music and become a porn star finished and klaar

      Thor - 2011-05-23 13:02

      So should you

      watalife - 2011-05-23 13:08

      Unfortunately he might walk away from it all and nothing will be heard of in the year that follows. Send him to the mob school they sure as hell will sort him out

      regularguy - 2011-05-23 13:42

      Hell, I cant believe that you can actually post something good aswell. Congrats !!! you CAN be thinking sometimes !!!! WOW

  • Showahed - 2011-05-23 12:51

    What a waste of time and money - it is clear this boy is another one that will walk free soon. In SA the crooks have all the perks.

  • JustinD - 2011-05-23 13:05

    They would already be dead if that was my child that died.

      vambozha mutemi - 2011-05-23 13:54

      yeah...the two morons and the attorneys including their immediate family members...they must watch "The Punisher"

  • Kale - 2011-05-23 13:09

    USE THE ZUMA DEFENSE! Claim all the evidence back and blame (culture/apartheid/the whites/poverty) You can win this JUB JUB you child murdering drug addict. Your people love you!

  • Jack Monch - 2011-05-23 13:21

    There's no way that those boys wont go to jail. niks!

  • beecee - 2011-05-23 13:27

    looks like he will go the same way as the others - put into a government post - get sick pay for the rest of his life - be the first black rally driver - write a book of poetry about the trials and tribulations of the lack of education of the school kids to be off the road when they know its the right of way for fast and famous

      regularguy - 2011-05-23 13:46

      I hope that the same lawyer that are just "doing" his paid job to "save" this moron, will be just as fast to help the poor parents of these children in claiming against jub jub afterwards for pain, suffering and lost of income to his negligence .!!! What about those who cannot afford expensive attorneys !!!!!Does legal aid only assist in criminal offences or do they support people in civil cases aswell?????

  • Tsile Maswanganyi - 2011-05-23 13:35

    Understandbly so. It's a sensitive case. Granted lives were lost. But if u were in the same position or a close relative was in Jub's position, what were you gong to recommend? I'm asking this because we as society at times we've double standards. We talk about free and fair trials, or being innocent until proven guilty. People this is a democratic society that we've voted for. Well, unless you decided not have not to vote. But it is penciled in our constitution. Are we then saying to hell with the courts, then mob justice takes over. On the other hand, we've pending case of Eugine Terblanche, it is going through legal procedures and delays. Will come back on that.

  • Stan - 2011-05-23 13:48

    From a different light... I still don't understand why there's not one person here in SA who considers this tragedy as an accident; accident being a mistake which can happen to anybody. Now he is called a murderer well deserving becuase he might be charged of murder. But it was a mistake and a mistake can happen to any one... Why people call him by all dirty names; mean while there are criminals out there who intentionally kill people; there are police who intentionally kill innocent people. With Jub jub it was only a mistake... It can be you tomorrow if you are a driver you can make a mistake... Personally I have never made a an accident though people have bumped into my car but an accident can happen to any one from a small chip to a massive massacre. So you think you will NEVER make an accident and hope to be forgiven???

      Showahed - 2011-05-23 15:43

      Consider this - it would have been a different story if these idiots were not speeding/racing - then you may call it an accident. But they were reckless, so it is not a simple accident.

      Nomakhaya Limekhaya - 2011-05-31 08:11

      Stan you are right, all of a sudden everyone doesn't make mistakes. I find this very disturbing. The same people will never report a crime happening in front of them as it is now in South Africa no one walks around after 7pm cause of the criminals who never see a day in court. I'm a bit frustrated about my fellow South Africans when it comes to celebrities they are so very quick to judge and condemn. It was a mistake, of course he was drugged but did not race to intentionally go out there and kill school kids. Men like to play with their toys and accidents happen, so please help us stop wasting our money and time get the police out there to look for real criminals and stock them up in jail so we can leave peacefully.

  • Daniel - 2011-05-23 14:06

    i dont think the metro police woman is contradicting herself or is up to something. the little brat is obviously a violent junky who beats up women.

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