Jub Jub lawyer 'doesn't respect court'

2011-05-23 11:03

Johannesburg - Defence lawyer Ike Motloung has been late for court six times out of the 12 times the court has sat for the murder trial of Molema Jub Jub Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala, the State prosecutor said on Monday.

"He [Motloung] is later than members of the public and family members of deceased," Raymond Mathenjwa told the Protea Magistrate's Court.

"[It] seems as if he does not respect the court times. I think this court must instil discipline in terms of court times," he said.


Motloung responded that he had arrived at 09:10 and that Mathenjwa had not told him that court had already started.

"If Mr Mathenjwa had informed [me] that court had already started I would have come to your chambers," he told magistrate Brian Nemabidi.

"I don't live in Soweto. I don't live here..."

He did not believe he had been late five times before Monday.

"I don't know where he [Mathenjwa] keeps a record.

"Maybe he is playing to the gallery. I don't know."

Trial resumes

Motloung apologised to the court and the trial resumed.

Metro police officer Constable Velemina Mojela took to the witness stand on Monday morning.

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

Maarohanya and Tshabalala face charges of murder, attempted murder and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

  • Susannomore - 2011-05-23 11:20

    Motloung is a lying git. No wonder he was choosen as their defence lawyer - portrays them like a mirror.

      watalife - 2011-05-23 11:57

      "I don't live in Soweto. I don't live here..." Mr Motloung who actually gives a flying toss were you live? Its called African time and you sir should know when your clients trial starts. Oh sorry i forgot you dont care you are the LAW..

      Slapper - 2011-05-23 12:17

      Whats new? He's a Lawyer and thats what they do best.

  • Podgette - 2011-05-23 11:27

    Maybe they should check this attorneys credentials - could be from a lucky packet seeing as though he has no respect for his profession. He knows his client is guilty so stalling!

  • Sir-Vic - 2011-05-23 11:36

    This trial is not about this ill discipline lawyer (Ike Motloung) but Jub-Jub and his friend. Its about time they face the full wrath of the Justice.

      DW - 2011-05-23 13:11

      You are right. However the lawyer needed to be brought into line. Hopefully he will now be on time in future. This idea that a starting time is an approximate time is part of the reason that our courts are such a mess. How many times do cases get postponed because someone doesnt pitch up? They are wasting everyone's time and money. Make no mistake, he will still bill his client for the full time, even though he was late.

  • Ibrahim Shaik - 2011-05-23 11:43

    there was no drug and alcohol here...just mad driving . the drug and alcohol was added on later so that the sentancing is not as harsh as it should be. Anyone who has been in court to witness these trials will note that "everyone" is on drugs and alcohol suddenly as defense attorneys suddenly use this tactic to soften judges ...

      Moi1980 - 2011-05-23 12:00

      Soften judges????? If anything, I think that drinking/being high and driving will get you a harsher sentence than if he was speeding and lost control of the vehicle

      Benzo - 2011-05-23 22:14

      I know the law is an ass, you just confirmed it.

  • Werner Pretorius - 2011-05-23 11:44

    Afrika Tyd!

      Lionel - 2011-05-23 13:51

      That's nonsense - the guy is just not professional - I've seen all shades of lawyers coming to court well on time. Keep race out of it. IMO, when lawyers have problems keeping time, they usually have a drink or drug problem...

  • EmptyCan - 2011-05-23 11:56

    In the rest of the world it is known as "African time", used in a lot of countries to describe laziness and slow work. No wonder!

  • anti crime - 2011-05-23 11:59

    he murdered,give him that murder trial finish and klaar

  • tokoloshe - 2011-05-23 12:04

    the man most likely wears a breitling, but like the woodworker cannot tell the time.

      1-white-o - 2011-05-23 12:20

      what have u got against woodworkers?

      watalife - 2011-05-23 12:38

      @1-white-o Ask Malema that question he will tell you its his Masters Degree to do some Brain Surgery in the ANCYL

  • RobertKay - 2011-05-23 13:16

    Simple - warn him that he is in contempt of court. If he ignores it, lock him up for a while. That should instill some discipline!

  • Benzo - 2011-05-23 22:18

    Anyone spare a thought for the parents of the four children and -even more so- for the paretns of the children with brain damage????????? Hope JUJU has enough money to pay for their support for the next decades.

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