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Passenger cross-examined in Jub Jub trial

2012-05-07 14:31

Johannesburg - State prosecutor Raymond Mathenjwa cross-examined eyewitness Mphumelelo Vezi in the murder trial of musician Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Vezi was a passenger in Tshabalala's car when he allegedly collided with Maarohanye's car in Soweto on 8 March 2010.

Vezi told the court the left rear of Tshabalala's blue Mini Cooper had hit the right rear of Maarohanye's grey Mini Cooper.

"I did not see it, but I felt it and I heard it... The bang was loud but not very loud. I was sitting on the left rear of the blue car, where the bang was," he said.

Questioned about his initial statement, Vezi said that when he used the term "swerve" to describe what Tshabalala did it was incorrect because Tshabalala moved back into his lane.

Second mistake


"So you are now conserving the second mistake in your evidence," Mathenjwa said. Vezi replied: "There is always room for error."

Photographic evidence in court showed the petrol cap, paint, window and the tyre were intact on the left rear of Tshabalala's blue Mini Cooper.

Mathenjwa asked: "Do you see any corresponding damage to the loud bang you heard?"

"No," replied Vezi.

Mathenjwa then asked him to match the damage to the cars on photographs.

"I don't know how you want me to answer that. I heard a loud bang... I heard a bang on the side of the car," said Vezi.

Mathenjwa asked: "What you heard, is it supported by the evidence?"

"No, sir," Vezi replied.

He told the court that when he went to make his statement he was chased away by a police officer. He later informed Maarohanye's mother of the incident.

"I met her and felt that she needed to know what was going on because her son was involved... I feel that everyone deserves to know the truth," he said.

Family friend

In response to questions, he told the court that Maarohanye's lawyer, Ike Motloung, was known to him and his family.

Vezi said this was the reason he had wanted Motloung to accompany him to the police station to make his statement.

"Ike [Motloung] is a close friend of the family. He is like a financial adviser to my father," Vezi told the court.

"He was going to advise me. He would know who to talk to from the legal aspect."

Vezi told the court that Tshabalala and Maarohanye knew each other through him.

In March, Vezi told the court that Tshabalala was responsible for the 2010 crash that claimed four lives.

Tshabalala and Maarohanye were allegedly drag racing in Mdlalose Drive, in Protea North, Soweto, when one of their cars ploughed into a group of school pupils.

Vezi told the court that Tshabalala had tried to overtake Maarohanye while a minibus taxi was approaching about 40m in front of them.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala are on trial for murder, attempted murder, and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

The trial continues.

Comments
  • Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-05-07 14:42

    Liar liar pants on fire..

  • Shirley - 2012-05-07 14:43

    Mmmmm...a loud bang on the left hand side and youre high???? This case is never ending. Its simple-kids doed-he did it so case closed. No remorse has been shown through out-instead a load of denials and claims of innocence!! Guilty,go staight to jail and hopefully he wont be part of Zumas get out of jail free deal!!!

      Shirley - 2012-05-07 14:46

      Sorry-died

  • RObert - 2012-05-07 14:43

    Today jubjub tomorrow juju.

  • Sonja - 2012-05-07 14:43

    IS THIS COURT CASE STILL GOING! .... OMG!!!

  • Loo - 2012-05-07 14:52

    AGGGGGGG just send his ass to jail already please ... damn ,, how long must this take ?

  • Barefoot - 2012-05-07 14:57

    Stop this ish two freakin years to decide whether or not they did it? who the hell is the judge?

  • Victor - 2012-05-07 15:02

    Hello !!!Did IQ'S drop suddenly "They were racing each other" Now stop wasting the taxpayers money on these two scumbags and send them off to jail for murder !!!!!

  • shaylene.stenger - 2012-05-07 15:06

    This is like a tennis match..... Backwards forwards backwards forwards....

  • buti.lembe - 2012-05-07 15:08

    A passenger is not a driver, we want to see Jub Jub in jail. The four bodies now are skeleton, why this boy is still hurting us by lies?

  • tshepoletsipa - 2012-05-07 15:11

    Prolonging this case wont help! just send Jub Jub and his friend to Jail! End of Story

  • Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-07 15:15

    Who is playing for time. Jub Jub or our government. Pathetic . If it was me. I would rotted in jail already and gotten a governmental pardon.

  • Voiceinthedesert.co.za - 2012-05-07 15:23

    The fact remains, they were racing there was a crash and some kids died. it wasn't me, it wasn't me, it wasn't me, Damn man, both drivers should be sent to jail for murder and the passengers as well for not talking sense into their heads. They are really just wasting the taxpayers money and making it worse for the parents of those innocent bystanders. We all make mistakes, the thing is just some of us take the consequences that follow and some of us try and prolong the inevitable. Guilty, Guilty, Guilty ok take them away now shies.

  • tyra.m.makgale - 2012-05-07 15:25

    South african justice is not fair,if it was an unknown person,im sure dat person couldve gone to jail.jub jub is nt going to jail trust me hence they prolonging the case.

  • palesapr - 2012-05-07 15:33

    Sooooo.... it was loud but not very loud????? Okay....

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-05-07 15:34

    How many more lies are going to come out in this long draged out trial? Maybe the other witnesses also need more coaching so dont be surprised by another postponement. The parents of the deceased children need closure so lets hope for a speedy end to this trial.

  • atta.asare - 2012-05-07 15:45

    the trial continues.... TILL WHEN??? these boys are clearly guilty!! I feel sorry for the victims parents.

  • Dhavandran - 2012-05-07 15:59

    a case of sifisozulu syndrome. no end in sight. these guys with connections in the corrupt high places are making a mockery of our judiciary. hand them over the the public and justice would me meted out quickly without the wastage of taxpayers hard earned money.

  • Alf - 2012-05-07 15:59

    What is Vezi's "fee" for twisting the story? Stop the court case "for further investigation" and lock all three up in one cell! The one left standing gets a 2 week "remission" from uncle Jacob!

  • Greg - 2012-05-07 16:28

    Please just lock these two idiots up...

  • Itumeleng Stax Loveous - 2012-05-07 16:45

    i am with Alf on this one, the 3 should be locked up while futher investigations are conducted.

  • kasamkelo - 2012-05-07 16:53

    I think people jumped the gun and lashed Jub Jub, according to my observations he'll get lesser sentence considering the evidence in favour of him. Again media just focused on Jub Jub and I surely bet that they did that because of his status, one thing to be noted - most people dont know Themba because he's getting less coverage. My point is; this is a case for two and not Jub Jub, at the end if he was pushed out of the way then he'll get lesser sentence - that's how law works - he wont be sentenced based on our feelings and media reports.

  • mzilah - 2012-05-07 19:13

    If Jub Jub is not guilt let the court rule in favour of him . If guilt he must be sentanced. We are tired to read about him.

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