Jub Jub video questioned in court

2011-05-27 14:49

Johannesburg - The credibility of a cellphone video of murder accused Molema Jub Jub Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala allegedly racing was questioned in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Friday.

The five-second video was viewed in court on Friday morning and showed two Mini Coopers pulling off next to one another.

A grey Mini Cooper, said to be that of Maarohanye, was in the lead on the left hand side with a blue Mini Cooper, said to be that of Tshabalala, on the right.

Ntokozo Mahlangu, 18, testified that when she stopped filming, she saw one of the Mini Coopers swerve into the other lane because there was an oncoming car.

Once the car had passed, one of the Mini Cooper's moved into the other lane again.

Mahlangu said she stopped recording because she ran out of memory space on her phone.

Recognised Jub Jub

She said she was standing on the corner of Mdlalose Street with her friends when she saw the two cars.

She told the court she recognised Jub Jub as one of the drivers.

Mahlangu said girls were heard shouting on the video when they spotted a "celebrity". This was Jub Jub.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala face charges of murder and attempted murder and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Four children died in the accident and two others suffered severe injuries, including brain damage.

Maarohanye, who wore a black suit and blue silk tie, sat in the dock making notes while Mahlangu was being cross-examined.

Tshabalala sat with his head lowered.

Mahlangu seemed to be irritated during the cross-examination, shaking her head and rolling her eyes.

  • 300katoom - 2011-05-27 14:59

    cant they enhance the clip to pick up the number plates as well or is that to complicated for this government to prove it was there cars

      Spoofed - 2011-05-27 15:18

      They probably can but lack the people to do it...

      Audacious - 2011-05-27 15:52

      You guys watch too much movies. Videos at best are VGA. You think this is Mission impossible where you can blow up images?

      Wernerkwane - 2011-05-27 16:09

      Ya! The people that can do the "video analysis" are already in Australia, how ever they were replaced by Innocent, Witness and Admire but because they have never been trained to operate the computer, department of justice have now sub contracted all "video analysis" related work to "Thakalani Business Enterprises" 'TBE' (Owned by Sipho, Inocent's brother) for a cool R10 Mil per month. However TBE is not going to do the Video analysis because the department still owes TBE money from the toilet paper supply tender that TBE also successfully negotiated. You see TBE are not only experts in video alysis, but they also supply security guards, Toilet paper, stationary and many more of the department's needs. Must be nice to have Family working for a government department....

      ANCBlackAngel - 2011-05-27 16:14

      these two drug addicts are lousy car racers.....

      JohnnyWotten - 2011-05-30 12:48

      @ Wernerkwane: actually the people that can enhance and analyse this video are only in CSI and other second-grade movies that happen to be (sit down for this one) fictional. But as we all know racism stems from ignorance, which explains why you don't understand this.

  • GinSA1 - 2011-05-27 15:05

    Has he admitted he knocked into them, six of them? Yes? Go to jail! Klaa'

  • Daveza - 2011-05-27 15:05

    I must have missed the bit where the video was questioned.

      GinSA1 - 2011-05-27 15:13

      And the video responded?????????????????? Observant there Dave, well done lmao.................

      Spoofed - 2011-05-27 15:19

      Hahahaha xD

      ck - 2011-05-27 15:57

      This is news24 so don't think that the article has to be linked to the headline .

  • PureBlack - 2011-05-27 15:10

    @300katoom Don't u think that u r unfair to government? Pls! If you question prosecution I was going to understand. @Daveza I don't think the headline is relevant to the article.

      Leo - 2011-05-27 15:46

      @PureStupid WTF?

  • BOY30 - 2011-05-27 15:15

    @News24. You can do better than this. Your heading and the contents says two different things. We want to read about the video being questioned. dont tell us something that we already know.

      levit8 - 2011-05-27 15:30

      Agreed !! This article is like a soap opera. You have to wait for the next thrilling instalment to find out on what grounds the video's credibility was called into question ??

  • Slapper - 2011-05-27 15:20

    The Guys killed Kids. Send the Bastards to Jail. Enough now of this stuffing about.

  • Benzo - 2011-05-27 15:23

    Another Motata case???? has the court not learned? motata kept the court busy for months with all kind of technological issues from tampering with the tape to querying the colour of the celphone. Or is only the defence so clever? Yes, sure technology exists to analyse, enlarge, scrutinise frame by frame, video by video. End of story: 4 kids are dead, 2 kids damaged for life. Whether JUJU can sing or not has become totally irrelevant for the parents. Please judge, get off your smart-ass and stop this farcical parade.

  • Gore - 2011-05-27 15:37

    Its not like the girl was a professional camera person waiting for the accused to zoom past. There is no director, lights, take two, three etc to have clear pictures. The magistrate must accept the pictures and move on. Lock this prick!!!

  • FerretGee - 2011-05-27 15:47

    One wonders what kind of guilt (if any) both Jub-Jub and Tshabalala actually carry within them. They KNOW full well that their car accident caused the death of four children. Their actions, whether drag-racing or not, were reckless in a built-up area and that alone should be enough to convict them. They should both be man enough stand up, plead guilty and stop wasting the courts time. The ONLY winner here will be their lawyer who will receive an exorbitant fee. The parents of those kids will forever live with the sadness and pain of losing them.

  • Marshall - 2011-05-27 15:51

    What was the question?

  • My5cents - 2011-05-27 16:01

    Two hot heads. Two fast cars. One race and four dead kids. For heaven's sakes all this nitpicking - the defense lawyers always seem hellbent on making the witnesses look more guilty than the accused.

  • Streetdreams - 2011-05-27 16:06

    5 second's video, thats a Joke ,and she naw proves that Jub Jub was driving on the left lane which is the right lane, which proves that the media wanna prosecute J J, and how do you recognise somebody if the Car is speeding unless you jnow the Car ?..........these whole thing is a joke, disorokise, the defence team might be too smart for these case, people should learn to trust the Courts , klaaa ...............the state made a big mistake, they should have just charge the guys with capable homicide and include few witnesses,............It took too long to test the blood samples,statement of JMPD and witnesses fabricated.........s***** we will see, but unfortunately they were kids involved and they died !!

      JohnnyWotten - 2011-05-30 12:52

      Read the article. Molema and Themba were stopped at a traffic light when the girls saw them. They then drag raced each other when the lights changed.

  • daniel.bogogolela - 2011-05-27 16:39

    dey want to release him. wut r dey waiting 4? seems 4 lost kids life aint a thang.

  • jweer42 - 2011-05-27 17:15

    What is to be questioned? The video was played, the cars from the accident was visible, both cars are seen racing each other and both men crawled out of their car wrecks (not on the video, but witnessed by 1000's of people so to speak). WHAT IS THERE TO QUESTION?

  • Janine - 2011-05-27 18:33

    God help us when someone like Jub Jub is considered a celebrity.

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