Witness 'tense', Jub Jub trial adjourned

2011-03-22 21:48

Johannesburg - The murder trial of musician Molema "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and co-accused Themba Tshabalala was adjourned in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

This comes after a 17-year old witness, who testified in camera, was subjected to a full day's cross-examination.

The minor's evidence saw the case being held in camera from late Friday to Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly after the minor completed her testimony, 18-year old Portia Mafika was called into court and warned to return on Wednesday to give her testimony.

The girl, who has been waiting since Friday for her turn to take the stand, earlier on Tuesday sat outside the court room and was visibly tense ahead of giving evidence.

The girl's testimony comes after Nono Mabote and Maki Ndlovu testified last week. The two women said Maarohanye and Tshabalala were drag racing when one of their Mini Coopers ploughed into a group of school children on Mdlalose Drive in Protea North on March 8, last year.

Four children were killed and two others suffered severe injuries, including brain damage.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala face charges of murder and attempted murder, as well as reckless or negligent driving.

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