Jub Jub shot himself in the foot: State

2012-07-13 16:36

Johannesburg - Musician Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye had shot himself in the foot with his testimony on a crash that killed four pupils in Soweto in 2010, the Protea Magistrate's Court heard on Friday.

In closing argument, the State told the court that Maarohanye and co-accused Themba Tshabalala had lied about the details that led to the fatal accident.

"Accused number one [Maarohanye] blamed accused number two, supported by his witnesses who are biased and have an interest in the matter," prosecutor Raymond Mathenjwa said.

"And may I just add that accused number one was an unreliable witness. He was argumentative, evasive and to a great extent...very arrogant, thus shooting himself in the foot."

The two men face charges of murder, attempted murder and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

They were allegedly racing their Mini Coopers when they crashed into a group of schoolchildren in Mdlalose Street, Protea North, on 8 March 2010.


Mathenjwa said Maarohanye had, throughout the trial, contradicted his own statements, as well as those of witnesses.

Maarohanye was firstly accused of "creating" a stop sign.

According to Maarohanye's witnesses, before the collision the two Mini Coopers were travelling parallel as the drivers spoke to each other.

Witnesses at the scene said the cars had stopped in the middle of the road, obstructing traffic.

Maarohanye's witness, who was in his car at the time of the accident, had confirmed this in his testimony and had never mentioned a stop sign.

Mathenjwa said it was also questionable that Maarohanye and Tshabalala claimed they were not friends but acquaintances, who had not seen one another in the four to five days before the crash.


The State then questioned how or why the two had similar substances found in their urine samples following the collision.

Mathenjwa also questioned Maarohanye's denying he took drugs and saying he had never seen anyone taking drugs, except in films.

"Where then did he get the drugs? He later said 'no, I've been in an environment where drugs were taken', contradicting his initial statement," said Mathenjwa.

The musician had later said he could have had traces of the drugs in his system as a result of secondary smoke.

Mathenjwa said Maarohanye had also apparently lied about blacking out during the accident.

He had first said he blacked out after hitting a kerb, then later said he had blacked out after hitting the kerb and rolling his car. In a third explanation, he said he had hit the kerb, rolled the car, hit a tree and then blacked out.

At the time, Maarohanye was telling the court how he knew he had not hit any of the boys who were killed in the crash.

Closing arguments continue.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-13 16:51

    Pity he didnt shoot himself in the head!

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-07-13 16:53

      probably would have missed!

      tony.kirby1 - 2012-07-13 18:16

      May be he did try to shoot himself in the head but the bullet could not penitrate his thick skull.

  • carlson.thipe - 2012-07-13 17:02

    Court is wasting its time. Put the liar when he belong.

  • george.dinta - 2012-07-13 17:05

    Only the judge can't pick it up this guy is lying. I find this very strange

  • nokuthula.mabhena - 2012-07-13 17:09

    Why is this taking so long. They took the lives of 4 children, put them in jail already

  • lucky.mabele - 2012-07-13 17:10

    i tend to differ from everyone we all make mistakes guys commmon i know what they did was wrong but let us pray

      george.dinta - 2012-07-13 17:15

      Dude I differ with u all. I wonder why should we apply the law at all in the 1st place, since everyone does mistakes. Because in SA today poor people are hit hard by the law. Even if they do something at gun point they go to prison no excuses. Other we makes excuses: Mental problems, Everybody does make mistakes... blah blah blah... I find this very strange.

      hsebolelo - 2012-07-13 17:15

      Pray for d dead kids families\r\n...Or d Killer\r\n...?\r\n...4

      Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-13 17:16

      pray? to who? The same god who allowed those 4 children to die? no thank you!

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-13 17:34

      When you make a mistake you ADMIT it and show remorse!!! Something this loser has NOT done!

      leon.m.delport - 2012-07-13 17:43

      Lucky.mabele Personally I think you are an idiot. Do you call killing 4 people a mistake? it is people with your mentality and way of thinking that makes a lot of people get away with similar MISTAKES they made causing the death of innocent people. Will you also ask for pity the day somebody by MISTAKE kills one of your children...........I guess not. You will be the front runner fighting for justice.

      ntai.rantekane - 2012-07-13 17:54

      Yes we all make mistakes, but why can't they just plead guilty? They are busy waisting time, they are not even showing remorse for them to be forgiven by the affected families and the community at large!

      storm.trooper.125 - 2012-07-13 18:36

      Dawn Campbell Gibson...the message wasnt for u..its for ppl who stil believ in our God..why u hav to reply if u dnt believe..

  • magomarele - 2012-07-13 17:25

    They deserve jail, besides that Maarohanye boy is arrogant and thinks he's an undisputed rural hunk of some sort. He must suffer for his troubles. There're tough guys waiting for him in Sun City.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-13 17:25

    very big difference between an accident and a mistake. His mistake caused an accident and he should not be forgiven!

      mmilili.mojiwa - 2012-07-13 17:51

      Lock them away and stop wasting taxpayers hard earned cash

      storm.trooper.125 - 2012-07-13 18:39

      thats y u will always walk in this world with alot of ur life,,u said sorry to some1..

  • stanley.marries - 2012-07-13 17:28

    This boy thinks the court is a playground. The judge should make an example of his lying @ss!!

  • BulletProof. - 2012-07-13 17:42

    This matter is going on for to long spendind state resources and our tax money. Just lock them away and trow away the keys.

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-13 18:00

    How long must these families wait for justice?

  • rudzani.m.neluheni - 2012-07-13 18:15

    he should have been in jail by now, saving 17 life setences and 27 years on top. Lock them down and rap thoze keys with a piec of meat and let the lions eat them! Satan in our contry txai!

  • niel.phillips.7 - 2012-07-13 18:32

    sluit die bliksems toe en gooi die sleutel weg....

  • richardnealejohn.underwood - 2012-07-13 18:44

    THIS REALLY SOUNDS COCKEYED TO ME . The accused were obviously racing on a public street and are now charged with murder, attempted murder. There was'nt anything said relating to any motive to kill the children- they are dead so how does attempted fit in ? The proper alternative to Murder is not Attempted murder, unless there is some evidence that he/they were out to kill the children and they had survived. SO the (in case) charge should be: Murder. Then Alt. Culpable homicide, then driving under the influence , then driving a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .08 (or whatever it is now). With the charges herein stated : Murder (highly unlikely ) falls away , Attempted murder (ridiculous) falls away, What have we left? Drunken driving if your blood was that bad (then you can plead that you were so drunk that you thought you were swimming,or whatever). if it was'nt over the limit then you ll probably get a fine for the lesser charge. IF the alternative charge had been CULPABLE HOMICIDE then a good stretch in gaol would have been in the offing .

  • sfuty - 2012-07-13 18:54

    Jub jub...disaster is looming

  • courtney.baird.71 - 2012-07-13 19:02

    i just cannot believe that cases like this gets drawn out like our lawyer so incompetent...........................

  • sandile.skhosana.9 - 2012-07-13 19:07

    To prove murder in a car collision is difficult hence the delay.Had they only been charged with reckless driving the case would have been long over.Because the state wants a harsher sentence they had to charge them with murder. Though frustrating,it is good that they were given all the benefits they are entitled to constitutionally.They have cost the taxpayer a lot of money and time let alone the anguish and desperation of the victim's families. The then 15year old victim has been affected to the extent that his mind is to the level of a 3year old.They showed no remorse and told all sorts of lies one can ever think of.If they made a mistake they should have pleaded guilty but because they are smart they didn't. Even if the state can't prove murder they will be found guilty of reckless driving.No mercy should be shown to them.They deserve the harshest sentence.

      richardnealejohn.underwood - 2012-07-13 20:26

      How on earth do you think they can possibly be found guilty of Reckless driving ? They have not been charged with Reckless driving.They have been charged with 1 MURDER 2 ATTEMPTED MURDER 3 DRUNKEN DRIVING If not guilty of 1 , try 2 , 2 wont work as I said earlier, If the blood/alcohol was under .They walk not guilty and discharged , easy as that otherwise they'll get maximum sentence for drunken driving only. ..... Maybe less but not more. I dont want to go pointing fingers so I'd rather keep quiet. More than likely the reporter got wrong.

  • noyolo.dimakatso - 2012-07-13 20:38

    Whats a kerb???

      Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-13 20:54

      noyolo - edge of the pavement

      Barefoot - 2012-07-14 15:51

      How do you thumb down a legitimate question? @Dawn thank you for beingone of a few of the thinking among us

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-13 20:49

    Storm.Trooper - Thanks for enlightening me. After all, he is so powerful, yet could not spare innocent children!

  • sandile.skhosana.9 - 2012-07-14 00:43

    To follow up on my comment I indicated that"had they been charged with reckless driving the case would have been long over".It is very easy to prove reckless driving than to prove murder arising out of driving.With murder you have to prove intention to kill.In this case you have to prove intention by relyig on the "foreseeability" based on the reasonable man's test. Let us allow the law to take it's course.

  • James2Les5 - 2012-07-14 14:49

    Jub jub,they just alowin u to make a fool of urself b4 meeting some old fools wer u belong.

      Ngwashipa Tladi - 2012-07-16 06:59

      if jubjub wins da case, it will prove in south africa that fame and money can buy you freedom. he is a killer, let da law be fair, 30 years eill do better

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