My car didn't have blood on it: Jub Jub

2011-12-05 20:00
Johannesburg - There was no trace of blood on musician Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye's car after it crashed, the Protea Magistrate's Court heard on Monday.

"I am sure I did not hit the kids, because my car did not have body damage or blood on it," Maarohanye told the court.

Maarohanye and co-accused Themba Tshabalala are on trial on charges of murder, attempted murder and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Their Mini Coopers allegedly crashed into a group of schoolchildren during a drag race in Protea North on March 8 last year.

Four children were killed and two others were seriously injured in the crash.

On Monday, prosecutor Raymond Mathenjwa challenged Maarohanye's testimony that a bystander assaulted Tshabalala after the accident.

He said Tshabalala disputed that he was assaulted.

Mathenjwa put it to Maarohanye that Tshabalala said he overtook him before the crash and heard a bang while driving on the left hand side of the road.

However, Maarohanye testified earlier that he was the one driving on the left side.

He said Tshabalala had crashed into the right rear side of his car while driving in the right lane of the road for oncoming cars.

He said he did not crash into the schoolchildren, but hit a curb and then a tree before having a blackout.

"I know I didn't [hit the children] because when I heard the bang I was looking forward and hit a curb," he said.

"I didn't hit anybody. When I hit the tree there was no one I had hit," said Maarohanye.

Maarohanye denied that he was racing and was under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

He denied that Tshabalala was his friend and said he was merely someone he knew through an artist signed to his record label.

The trial was postponed until Tuesday for defence attorneys to acquire transcripts of testimony given about the position of the Mini Coopers before they crashed.

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