Magistrate rejects Jub Jub testimony

2012-10-16 10:43
Jub Jub outside the Protea Magistrate's Court in Soweto. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Jub Jub outside the Protea Magistrate's Court in Soweto. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - A Protea Court magistrate on Tuesday rejected musician Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye’s version of events for an alleged drag-racing incident in March 2010 when four schoolchildren were killed.

Magistrate Brian Nemavhidi also said Maarohanye couldn’t explain his car’s skid marks on the road.

Nemavhidi also accepted urine samples as evidence and said they were not tampered with and that cellphone footage of the alleged incident was not compromised.

The court was packed on Tuesday with friends and family of the schoolchildren.

Maarohanye and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala showed no emotion as they listened to the summary of witnesses and police in their trial, a Sapa reporter said.

Tshabalala, dressed in a suit, and Maarohanye, in a tan leather jacket and braided hair, did not look at each other once during Nemavhidi's summary.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala allegedly drag-raced in Protea North on March 8 2010 when they crashed into a group of schoolchildren.

Prince Mohube, Mlungisi Cwayi, Andile Mthombeni, and Phomello Masemola, were killed.
Frank Mlambo and Fumani Mushwana were seriously injured.

A court official earlier on Tuesday asked people in the second and third rows of the court to make space for the families and friends of the schoolchildren.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala are charged with murder, reckless driving, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and failing to assess the injuries of the victims.

Both have pleaded not guilty.

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