Twists and turns of marathon murder case

2010-12-19 11:57

»?March 9

Hip-hop artist Jub Jub (Molemo Maarohanye) is arrested along with Themba Tshabalala after their Mini Coopers smashed into high school pupils in Protea North, Soweto.

Four boys were killed instantly.

Another two were left in a critical condition in hospital.

»?March 10

The two accused are charged with four counts of murder, two counts of ­attempted murder, a count of reckless and negligent driving, and a count of driving under the influence.

While most people had gathered at the Protea Magistrate’s Court for the hearing, schoolchildren from the schools of the six victims visited the accident site to pay their respects.

»?March 11

Pupils and members of the community fill the Protea South Hall during a memorial service for the four who died.

»?March 17

Violence breaks out between police and an angry mob of rioting pupils outside the court.

The police fire rubber bullets at pupils to disperse them.

They, in turn, throw stones at police and try to force their way into the cordoned-off court, breaking street signs and vandalising cars.

Five pupils, aged between 15 and 18, are arrested for public violence.

»?March 19

Jub Jub and Tshabalala are granted bail of R10?000 each.

»?March 21

A butchery business belonging to Jub Jub’s father is stoned and looted.

»?April 7

Jub Jub and Tshabalala’s case is postponed to the following month, pending further investigation.

»?May 28

The case is postponed yet again to July 30

»?July 30

The case is postponed once more to October 18.

»?October 18

The case is postponed to December 13 because Ike Motloung, Jub Jub’s counsel, was busy in a high court as an acting judge.

»?December 13

Jub Jub and Tshabalala plead not guilty to all the charges levelled against them:

»?Four counts of murder with

alternate charges of culpable homicide;

»?Two counts of attempted murder with an alternate charge of reckless or negligent driving;

»?Use of drugs and driving while under the influence of drugs; and

»?Failure to ascertain the extent of injuries caused by the accident.

»?December 17

The trial is postponed to February 8.

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