Jub Jub passenger tells of crash

2012-02-22 22:26

Johannesburg - A passenger in a car crashed by musician Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye told the Protea Magistrate's Court on Wednesday that he "drove carefully" prior to a fatal accident.

Tumelo Mukoka, who described himself as Maarohanye's business associate and a friend, said, "It's [Mdlalose Drive] a 60km/h zone and he drove carefully."

Mukoka was testifying in Maarohanye's defence in the murder trial of Maarohanye and co-accused Themba Tshabalala.

They allegedly ploughed into a group of school children while racing their Mini Coopers along Mdlalose Drive between Protea North and Protea Glen on March 8, 2010.

Four of the children were killed and two others severely injured.

The two face charges of murder, attempted murder as well as reckless and negligent driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Mukoka, led by defence lawyer Ike Motloung, said as he and Maarohanye drove up Mdlalose Drive they could see metro police officers ahead.

He said they were driving along the route with Tshabalala in his blue Mini Cooper behind them.

Mukoka said as they drove along, Maarohanye suddenly uttered the word "shit" and at the time he did not understand what that was for.

He said he then suddenly saw Tshabalala in the right lane as he quickly tried to return to the left lane.

He said he then heard a bang and their car rolled once.

Mukoka said he did not know what had happened to Tshabalala's car which had three occupants at the time.

He told the court he was helped out of the wreckage through a damaged sunroof by a metro police officer.

Mukoka said he then pulled Maarohanye out before going to check what had happened at the scene.

The case briefly adjourned due to bad weather interfering with the court's audio recording system before it was postponed to February 29.

  • Brent - 2012-02-22 23:52

    And 4 children allegedly died, Stop the lies and go directly to jail...........The passenger too for lying through his teeth.enough already!

      Barry - 2012-02-23 06:47


      Janice - 2012-02-23 06:51

      Lying under oath!!!

      rbczovczov - 2012-02-23 07:39

      This witness is going straight to hell for valuing his association to Jub Jub more than the lives of the children. If he was driving carefully prior to the crush as this phony witness would like us to believe, why then did he crash into the innocent children? This witness should join Jub Jub in his jail cell.

      Garysyd705 - 2012-02-23 09:34

      Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please. Mark Twain

  • Sean - 2012-02-23 00:01

    The ``witness`` should be punished for lying in court !! Trash can !!

  • bernpm - 2012-02-23 00:19

    The next testimony will be that the children jumped into the road when they saw their favourite singer behind the wheel. Pity they are dead and cannot testify!!!

  • Diphapang Maponya - 2012-02-23 00:32

    this is something that's has been dragged on for so long i mean people would say they know or saw what happend but there is solid evidence that those boys knew what they were doing if it was just a ordinary person who would have done this they would have been sent to jail or waiting trail in the cells aswell why can the same take place i mean come lets get real and stop wasting time

      Silvana - 2012-02-23 06:30

      @Diphapang. You are so right. They are calling for a life sentence for the taxi driver in the Cape who went through a level crossing. The case is almost finalised and it happened after the JubJub incident. Celebrities are the Untouchables it seems. - 2012-02-23 10:31

      Well said Diphapang... it is amazing where a social status and money can get you... I feel for the parents and friends of the children were killed...

      Patsy - 2012-03-01 15:38

      Like the guy in the Cape! That must've been the quickest trial and sentence on record. Why not the same for the killer of 4 children? Does he have important friends, by any chance

  • William - 2012-02-23 00:37

    This so called witness come passenger should be prosecuted for perjury.

      David - 2012-02-23 08:30

      Then he will say "I dont know how those words got into my Head", just like jub jub says "I dont know how the drugs got into my system". It could have been the same gremlin that was in your speedometer making it say 60km/h in place of 160km/h, you murderer.

  • Mark - 2012-02-23 04:27

    WRONG - 'They allegedly ploughed into a group of school children while racing their Mini Coopers along Mdlalose Drive between Protea North and Protea Glen on March 8, 2010.' RIGHT- 'They ploughed into a group of school children while allegedly racing their Mini Coopers along Mdlalose Drive between Protea North and Protea Glen on March 8, 2010.' The fact that they caused the death of four kids with their cars is not in dispute, their motive and culpability are what the court case is about. Even if the court finds them 'not guilty' in a legal sense, they will always be responsible for these children dying way before their time.

      Silvana - 2012-02-23 06:36

      @ Mark Do think they're going to have sleepness nights over this if they're found "not guilty"? I'll bet the only thing giving them sleepless nights is the possibility of jail. They don't give a damn about anybody except themselves.

      Jason - 2012-02-23 08:58

      @Silvana, only beings with consciences have sleepless nights or suffer from guilt, these animals have NO conscience, otherwise this court case would not still be on the go.

      TJ - 2012-02-23 09:31

      @ Jason, animals have a conscience! Have you ever seen a dog for example when you scold it for doing something wrong? EXTREEM remorse and then a tail wag and lick to say sorry. These are less then animals. No remorse and no sorry. Lower then pond scum!!!

  • Bangoma - 2012-02-23 05:28

    This Mokoka guy is taking chances. one can hear that he was guided by Ike and that is the style of Ike. Ike will also loose the case. If you do not believe me ask The Dihlabeng Municipal workers about Ike. He is no good lawyer.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-02-23 05:48

    Off with thier heads

      Garth - 2012-02-23 06:58

      Pity about the spell-check fail, but non-the-less I concur, Marie-Antoinette, OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!

  • Samantha Stevens - 2012-02-23 05:48

    Why dont they bring the injured children to the stand to tell the courts WHAT REALLY HAPPENED!

      pokum - 2012-02-23 07:38

      the injuries are so servere the one has brain damage and has had to drop out of school and stay home he cannot bath himself or look after himself...dont know anout the second survivor

  • Leon - 2012-02-23 05:49

    Is it April 1 already?

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-02-23 06:07

    you know that you are lying through your teeth

  • alan.erwin1 - 2012-02-23 06:43

    It is well known that in most courts throughout the world passengers in the car cannot be a witness. It is also well known throughout the world that Killers and rapists stay in custody, not given easy bail to go out and enjoy life, run away, kill or rape more and enjoy life while it takes many years to come to court. What a stupid country we live in.

      anne.erasmus - 2012-02-23 10:12

      It is only in insurance claims that passengers cannot be used as witnesses - in court, they can be called as witnesses.

  • Andre - 2012-02-23 06:45

    Justice delayed is justice denied. This case should have been completed months (years ago). This lying witness is doing an injustice to the deceased who have no say in the matter. He should show more respect to them!

  • Garth - 2012-02-23 06:55

    And pigs can fly. And the anc is credible. And malema is not a racist. And rhino horn cures the common cold and impotence.

      Sekalf - 2012-02-23 08:17

      soulink - you should know!

      Lynton - 2012-02-23 08:17

      @soulink. What Garth is aiming at is that his statement is about as believable as the witness statement. Calling him an ape...that is a stupid and insensible comment

      Marcel - 2012-02-23 08:39

      @ soulink - Klim terug in jou hok en eet jou peanuts voor jou breinselle (as daar is)jou verder verlaat!!!

      Garth - 2012-02-23 09:00

      Now the cretins at NEWS24 have deleted the reply(s) to my post, making the other comments nonsensical. Here is some advice, NEWS24 snippers - if you feel in your `holier than thou' state that the initial post is going to propagate some stimulated, agitated, insulting or irritated repartee, then delete it immediately. And, if you have limited understanding of the post because of the language used, just to be safe, delete it immediately. But do not confuse a forum by removing one or two connected posts, but allow the, now severed thread, to remain. Just a thought . . .

      Bandile - 2012-02-23 09:11

      I think soulink removed it himself, when he realised people see him as an idiot.

      Sekalf - 2012-02-23 09:36

      ...or when he realized that he is an idiot!

      Patsy - 2012-03-01 15:43

      Irony, sarcasm, call it what you will, Garth. It just isn't understood in this country. One has to spell (correctly) things out.

  • Hermann - 2012-02-23 07:18

    Good heavens must be a new record lying at 60km/h!

  • Vanessa Vanillah Mbewu - 2012-02-23 07:25

    jub jub broke the law they should get a harsh penalty qha ke!

  • sihleh.mthethwa - 2012-02-23 07:53

    This case has gone far too long and its wasting our money as tax payers. the guy is guilty and all the evidence is there, so why drag the case? I'm fed up with SA justice system. As for the witness, he must also be prosecuted just to teach him a lesson that you don't lie under oath.

  • Fanie - 2012-02-23 08:14

    No they are not going to jail because they will get heart attacks when found guilty and then go home.

  • Lynda - 2012-02-23 08:31

    You are drunk drugged up to the eyeballs and driving a car.....these are the facts, nothing anyone says can take away the fact that you killed 4 innocent kids, I just wish we had the death sentence for a crime like this

  • Tokollo - 2012-02-23 08:57

    This case is taking forever. Yes every-one deserves a fair trail but innocent lives died and the story is getting twisted everytime a new witness is called onto the stand. Were was this Tumelo dude when news broke through that Jub Jub crashed into innocent kids? Pure lies!! Enough is enough NXA!

  • Themba Majawonke Ntuli - 2012-02-23 09:02

    U Know I Used To Walk Via Mdlalose Drive When Going To School @reasoma Its Sad The Defendants Must Plead Guilty To Close The Wounds Of The Families Who Lost Their Kids And Maybe They Will Get A Light Sentence.

  • Norman - 2012-02-23 09:02

    Driving at 60km/h and the car roll???

      Sonnyjakes - 2012-02-23 09:17

      Roll of "zol" maybe?

  • Winsome - 2012-02-23 09:20

    These people really don't care about committing perjury - lying means absolutely nothing to them - no integrity, no shame, no finesse. And they will get away with it - what's the bet?!

  • Andile - 2012-02-23 09:38

    60km/h lane change while sober and in a good state of mind causes that much damage?? Only the uneducated are believing this bull.

  • Sue-Elen - 2012-02-23 09:41

    What does it matter if he drove "save" or not the fact is that 4 children died. Justice should be served and they should be locked up.

      Sue-Elen - 2012-02-23 09:42

      Apologies for me spelling error.

      Philisiwe Msomi - 2012-02-23 12:10

      this guy is not prepared to take responsibility for his reckless actions he is all innocent!!! Hope he gets the max sentence!

  • John - 2012-02-23 09:43

    "Of course my best friend is innocent...." I wonder how much crack was flowing through his veins... and how much he truly remembers....

  • Michelle - 2012-02-23 10:26

    The children didn't "allegedly" die!! They died, they're gone!! These guys murdered them! End of story! Lock them up and throw away the key!!

  • Gerhardus - 2012-02-23 10:44

    Those Mini coopers must have very bad handling to roll over below 60km/h.

  • Trevor - 2012-02-23 10:57

    @ 60 km/h 4 kids dont land up in a tree ! lying bastards !

  • Lauren - 2012-02-23 11:08

    How much longer are the courts going to waste time and money on this? They killed those kids. Lock them up. This trial seems to be taking forever!

      Mfudzi - 2012-02-29 17:53

      lauren, trials take forever not to let offenders off the hook but to ensure that justice is seen to be done. if you were a magistrate or judge, yours would not even be anything close to a kangaroo court.

  • Derrick - 2012-02-23 11:14

    What the witness said in court & the word Jub - Jub uttered are one & the same (s#*t)

  • Samkele Sofuthe - 2012-02-23 11:18

    Yhooo alcohol and Drugs then drive!! mini cooper nogal Yeeerrrr Guys you r Gevaarlik moss u more than danger to society..M sure u not sure whether you were on the Highway or Flyway..but then on a serious not Bra jj take the Fall grootman (papa wag vir jou) just for the sake of those poor souls u killed..

  • Yolanda - 2012-02-23 11:19

    Jub Jub "drove carefully" yeah right! if he drove carefully, he wouldn't have killed 4 kids on the road.

  • ryanlevin - 2012-02-23 11:34

    Either rotting in jail, or being murdered by the mob waiting outside courthouse. They deserve both to be honest.

  • Moeti - 2012-02-23 13:28

    who is fooling who?

  • Ben - 2012-02-23 14:13

    The fact that this case has been going on as long as it has is a testament as to how retarded our legal system is...

  • Russel - 2012-02-23 14:39

    Car travelling 60 km/h rolls, plowing through innocent school children. I'll believe that when pigs fly and broccoli tastes like strawberry sherbert!

  • Thandeka 'Ivy' Mogoerane - 2012-03-21 11:00

    kids whistling and celebrating coz of a cooper traveling at 60km/h??? ryyyttt

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