Jub Jub driving 112km/h - expert

2011-10-10 22:48

Johannesburg - The cars of Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala did not collide with each other, the Protea Magistrate's Court heard on Monday.

Accident reconstruction expert Renier Balt told the court the two Mini Coopers overturned as a result of oversteering and did not have contact with each other.

"There was no transfer of paint," Balt said.

Maarohanye 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 Minis ploughed into a group of schoolchildren in Protea North, Soweto, on March 8 2010.

Four children were killed in the accident and two injured.

Balt said the two cars were in good condition before the accident.

The blue Mini was travelling at 109km/h and the silver grey Mini at 112km/h.

He said there were six friction marks at the accident scene, three from the blue Mini and three from the silver grey Mini.

From the marks, he was able to determine the speed at which the two cars were travelling.


Earlier, it was contended in court that investigations in the case were improper and unfair.

Defence lawyer Ike Motloung submitted that the police had kept urine samples in a locker for 10 days before they were sent to a laboratory.

He said a cellphone allegedly used to take a video of the cars racing was sent to a corner shop, instead of a police support centre, to open the footage.

Former Protea police station commander Moses Segapo was also "choosy" in taking statements.

Motloung said Segapo first listened to what was being said and if he did not like what he heard, he did not take a statement.

Segapo earlier told the court he had listened to a statement by two boys who were allegedly in the cars that ploughed into the children.

Segapo said this was so he could have a better understanding of what was being said before he wrote it down.

He said he could not obtain a statement from the boys because he suspected they had been coached on what to say.

Motloung put it to him that the manner in which he obtained statements was incorrect.

Motloung continued to represent Maarohanye on Monday.

In August, he told the court his client had financial problems and that he could not proceed under such circumstances.

It was not immediately known why Motloung changed his mind about representing Maarohanye.

The trial continues on Tuesday.

  • inquisitivem - 2011-10-11 06:26

    Our Goverment Justice system should make an example of them........

      Born To Fish - 2011-10-11 06:32

      Goverment Justice system - Contradiction in terms....

      GypseyAnn - 2011-10-11 09:53

      @ Born to fish - touche!

  • Jarryd - 2011-10-11 07:01

    They were driving just over 100....would have been nice to know the speedlimit on the road as well, but its nowhere in the can i compare apples and oranges :P

      jerlank - 2011-10-11 09:12

      Built up residential area. My common sense tells me the speed limit is 60km/h, same as in almost all other built up residential areas?

      Sooth Slayer - 2011-10-11 15:04

      if you have been following the story dude, it was reported countless times that they were drag racing in a 60km/hr zone. but then perhaps you are right; since they are talking about speed they should put in the context.

  • York Hunt - 2011-10-11 07:20

    Everybody watch this trial! We can expect a travesty of Justice - something not uncommon in South Africa.

      GT - 2011-10-11 09:33

      Why do you say that? The guys arrested and in front of a judge and is producing a "dog ate my homework" defense. His lawyer knows he is in a no-win spot. They have hundreds of eye witnesses to what happened... they just have no way of disproving the FACTS.

      Darwinian - 2011-10-11 11:12

      @GT, true words, only you left out one crucial point. He is a celebrity and unforgivably celebs do get preference in sa......

      GT - 2011-10-11 13:19

      Darwinian - The mess usually happens before things get to court. In this case the public anger and the cold facts far outweighed the status of the accused. The main problem is that the NPA seems to insist on murder charges in these cases, which is grandstanding. To prove murder you need to prove intent... this is VERY hard in this case. Criminal negligence, yes, intent, no. I expect to see a guilty verdict, but on a lesser charge.

  • Wendy - 2011-10-11 08:16

    Hang the bastards

  • whatno - 2011-10-11 08:22

    My goodness when willl the victims and the families get closure. this case has gone on for too long now.

  • Brieuse - 2011-10-11 08:28

    Must have lost it quite badly to get that Cooper S to oversteer

      TrulyGoode - 2011-10-11 08:42

      How on earth does one "lose it" at those speeds? And with those cars too!! Did they get their licences out of a lucky packet???

      Leoster - 2011-10-11 09:11

      The so called expert should not express an opinion as if it is a conclusive fact. interpretation of the results of an investigation with non factual evidence subjective.

      aarchaic - 2011-10-11 10:11

      Add alcohol to the mix and drugs and anything is posible! for all we know one of the children ran out infront of the dragging cars and they swirft out and dont rememeber it...

  • happycamper - 2011-10-11 08:38

    I new the silver grey mini would have up boys, pay up

      MojoBa - 2011-10-11 08:59

      THIS is not a joke. Shame on you!!!!!!!!

      demonsofhate - 2011-10-12 05:31

      @happyloser YOU... FAIL!!!

  • Harry Meyerowitz - 2011-10-11 09:15

    If you rich, famous, or have political connections, you get off lightly. Seems to be the norm in SA, and many other countries in the world. The average man on the street, will be behind bars, for a long long time by now.

      GT - 2011-10-11 13:55

      who has got off? Fek you okes go off on tagents.

  • Hubbles - 2011-10-11 10:10

    Everbody, you forget that the the great Julius aka Tokyo went to visit them in jail aftr the accident to give JUJU suport. Malemas influence will see a shabir shaik type of outcome

  • LadyJJ - 2011-10-11 10:34

    Locck the fools up for ever ...why is it taking so long

  • Darwinian - 2011-10-11 11:17

    If this was me, snorting tik, shooting up mayonnaise, drinking battery acid, racing my car, killing children.... I probably would've been locked away a long time ago......

  • @Dada - 2011-10-11 13:33

    I wonder why all tag of war regarding this case. At the end Jub Jub and whatever his name is drove recklessly and killed innocent school children. The judge must just sentence them for life in prison since SA do not have death penalty. This tag of war investigation which is now regarded is being improper and unfair will end up seeing the two accused being acquitted reason being due to LACK OF EVIDENCE. We have seen that happening. What is proper and fair is to get this guys right where they belong in JAIL FOR LIFE.

  • fireman - 2011-10-12 17:14

    Tinted windows so dark that they can't see through clearly, seats reclined so far back they can hardly see over the steering wheel and finally the mental capacity to control a vehicle. It is a common sight, assuming that you can see in the vehicle that the driver is almost lying down.

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