Jub Jub racing video played in court

2011-05-27 11:28

An eyewitness in the Molemo Jub Jub Maarohanye murder trial cheered with her friends at seeing him for the first time in real life and not because he and his co-accused were racing, the Protea magistrate’s court heard today.

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

Maarohanye and Tshabalala were allegedly drag-racing when one of their Mini Coopers knocked down four learners on Mdlalose Drive in Protea North, Soweto, in March last year.

Ntokozo Mahlangu (18), who took cellphone video footage at the starting point of the alleged race, said under cross-examination that “it was wrong to conclude that the two were racing”.

The five-second video was played in court and sounds of cheers could be heard on the clip.

Mahlangu told the court that the two cars – one driven by Maarohanye and the other by Tshabalala – drove past her and she was able to get footage of them from behind.

Mahlangu apparently recorded the two accused driving down Mdlalose Street while she and her friends stood at the street corner.She said she did not see the subsequent accident as the cars drove around a nearby curve that was obstructing her view.

When defence lawyer Ike Motloung asked why Mahlangu was smiling during cross-examination, she said: “I am smiling not because I consider this matter not to be serious, but because of the mood I experienced then, seeing Jub Jub for the first time in real life.”

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

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