Ex-cop testifies in Jub Jub trial

2011-05-23 15:23

Johannesburg - A former police officer took the stand in the case against murder-accused Molema Jub Jub Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The case was then postponed until Tuesday when a third witness will take the stand.

Ex-police officer Renton Tsego was cross-examined on Monday. He was the police officer who received the results from the metro police officers who had tested Maarohanye and Tshabalala for drugs and alcohol.

He received the documents and put them away in the safe, he testified. That was his only involvement.

Tsego was briefly asked questions by the State prosecutor and the defence lawyers.

Metro police officer

Earlier in the day defence lawyer Ike Motloung said metro police officer Constable Velemina Mojela who had testified was hiding something.

Mojela had testified that she had arrived at work at 18:55 and 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 had not checked at what time she started the drug and alcohol tests but had recorded the time they were completed.

Mojela explained to the court how the drug and alcohol tests were taken and what apparatus was used.

Motloung was cross-examining her on her evidence given in terms of the timeline in which tests were done on Maarohanye and Tshabalala.

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


Family members of the children killed in the accident showed apparent frustration with Motloung's question.

Motloung said Mojela was contradicting herself as he cross-examined her.

State prosecutor Raymond Mathenjwa objected to Motloung's line of questioning as he said it was not relevant.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala 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 were killed in the accident and two others suffered severe injuries that included brain damage.

Maarohanya and Tshabalala are facing charges of murder and attempted murder and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

  • thobsion.ANC - 2011-05-23 15:38

    Mxim... put this boy behind bars.....he can teach other prisoners there how to rap, if he can.

      REVO - 2011-05-23 15:49

      Guaranteed these guys will walk away scott free. Corruption and extremely poor administration all too evident in the SA. Very sad indeed!!

  • Craig44 - 2011-05-23 15:47

    Classic waste of Tax payers money. Lock the Bastards up and throw away the key.

  • GTA_Lad - 2011-05-23 15:55

    I say let them go and let jungle justice take it's course. Save the tax payers money!!

  • Slapper - 2011-05-23 15:58

    I wonder why the ANCYL and Malema are not toyi toying around the court? Is is because the Youth that died were not as powerful as JUB Jub? or is it something else that attracts them like sharks?

      Kabelo - 2011-05-23 16:50

      Hi Slapper, use your poor judgement and common sense please. This has nothing to do with politics - ANCYL for that matter! Yes - issues like inequalities and stuff concerns ANCYL, just as much as land issues concern whities. Let the law take its course in this regards, don't involve politics please. Am a Comrade for that matter

  • Banned - 2011-05-23 15:58

    This is how OJ Simpson got away with it....

  • Ramudzuli Richard - 2011-05-23 15:58

    If he is to walk away free his life will be in serious danger.

  • ji - 2011-05-23 16:00

    who cares if he was on drugs or not , HE MURDERERD 4 CHILDREN , HANG THE PIECE OF SHIT .

  • peter - 2011-05-23 16:09

    its taking too long!they must get done with this case!

  • allen.muir - 2011-05-23 16:16

    I tell you if it was two normal citizens racing and they killed the four kids they would be sitting behind bars already coz they ''known''to the public they get special treatment the kids were on the pavment ment for pedestrians not cars guilty! speeding on a public road guilty!drinking and driving guilty!killing 4 kidds guilty!almost killing more kidds guilty!!!!why is this takking so long lock the damn fools up

      rinuseckard - 2011-05-23 16:33

      I agree with your sentiment, but want to differ on details. If it were normal citizens it will take 5 years to complete the trail due to incompetence and overload in the legal system.

  • James - 2011-05-23 17:08

    If they can't prove the guys were high on drugs, then the offence is even greater.

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