Detective in Jub Jub case shot dead
Johannesburg - A key witness in the Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohonye murder trial was shot and killed by armed men, City Press reported on Wednesday.
The investigating officer in the case, Major Moses Segapho, was shot dead around 22:00 in the Angola squatter camp in Kliptown in Soweto, south of Johhanesburg, on Tuesday, the paper said.
Maarohonye and his co-accused, Themba Tshabalala, are accused of murder and attempted murder after they crashed their Mini Coopers - while allegedly street racing - last year, killing four school pupils and injuring two others in Soweto.
According to a police spokesperson, Segapho was conducting investigations in the informal settlement.
Lieutenant Colonel Tshisikhawe Ndou told EyeWitness News (EWN), "When he was about to get out of his vehicle, he was attacked by two armed suspects, who shot him."
He said the suspects then ran away and disappeared between the shacks.
It is not yet known whether Segapho was alone.
Ndou said the motive for the killing is not yet known and nobody has been arrested, according to EWN.
Segapho was involved in the Jub Jub case from the start as the former branch commander of the Protea Glen police station
He accused Maarohonye's lawyer Ike Motloung of interfering with witnesses during his testimony in the trial in July.
The remarks drew the ire of Motloung who sarcastically called the policeman "a superstar in the newspapers" during cross-examination because Segapho had told the court he didn’t take full statements from passengers involved in the accident because they had been coached by Maarohonye's attorney.
The case against Maarohonye and Tshabalala has been postponed to February.