Witness hiding something - Jub Jub lawyer

2011-05-23 13:07
Johannesburg - A metro officer testifying in the murder trial of Molema Jub Jub Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala was hiding something, defence lawyer Ike Motloung told the Protea Magistrate's Court on Monday.

"You [are] playing that you know nothing, which shows you [are] up to something," he said to Constable Velemina Mojela.

Maarohanya and Tshabalala face charges of murder, attempted murder and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

They 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 died in the accident and two others suffered severe injuries, including brain damage.

Drug tests

Mojela testified that she knew nothing about the accident and that drug tests on both of the men were done in 15 minutes.

"A urine sample is not taken in split seconds," Motloung said during cross-examination.

Mojela testified that she arrived at work at 18:55 and that drug and alcohol tests on Maarohanye and Tshabalala were completed by 18:15.

Mojela had brought the log book from the day of the accident to court with her.

She said she did not check the time when she started the drug and alcohol tests, but did record the time they were completed.

She explained to the court how drug and alcohol tests were done and what apparatus was used.

The evidence was to prove that the two men had tested positive for drugs and alcohol.

Earlier in the day, Motloung accused Mojela of contradicting herself.

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