Jub Jub witness back in the dock

2012-02-22 09:53

Johannesburg - Cross-examination of a man who witnessed the 2010 car crash involving musician Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye, in which four schoolboys were killed, continues in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Court adjourned early on Tuesday after defence witness Benjamin Maseko told the court he had to pick up the schoolchildren, which included Grade R pupils.

Maseko told the court he was ferrying 12 children to their homes in the Protea area, in Soweto, in a minibus on March 8 2010 when he crashed into the kerb to avoid a speeding blue Mini Cooper.

He said the oncoming car was trying to overtake a grey Mini Cooper at high speed on Mdlalose drive, which he told the court was now referred to as "Jub Jub Avenue".

He did not see the Mini Coopers driving parallel to each other, as though they were racing, as previous State witnesses had testified.

None of the children he was transporting were hurt, but were left traumatised. He said his minibus's left front wheel was damaged when he struck the pavement.

Previous witnesses testified that Maarohanye was driving the grey Mini Cooper and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala the blue one.

The two allegedly ploughed into a group of schoolchildren while racing their Mini Coopers along the route linking Protea North and Protea Glen.

Four teenage boys were killed and two others severely injured.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala face charges of murder, attempted murder, and reckless or negligent driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

  • KayMoruane - 2012-02-22 10:10

    Trying to overtake? isn't that somehow driving parallel...maybe there's another way of overtaking that i don't know of, except 'taxi drivers' overtaking in the yellow lane!

      Marion - 2012-02-22 10:28

      Sometimes people who are 'dicing' are forced to get behind the other car in order to avoid oncoming traffic and then, at the first opportunity, they pull alongside the other car. 'Overtaking' in this instance means nothing in my opinion.

  • Thabang Tipsy Sekotse Snr - 2012-02-22 10:29

    Whats the speed limit on Jub Jub avenue first?

  • Lloyd - 2012-02-22 10:56


  • ludlowdj - 2012-02-22 10:59

    This case should have been finished by now, The allowance of US type defense's based on small irregularities will effectively put an end to any form of justice in this country. that these people are even allowed to try use loophole is disrespectfully to the injured, even if it is the African way. Deny, deny, lie and deny some more.

  • ramona.chetty1 - 2012-02-22 11:31

    Can we please get on with the sentencing of these 2 clowns. There is substantial evidence that indicate they are guilty as charged, give them 10 years for each charge Judge, get it over and done with.

      elphaas.mgiba - 2012-02-22 11:46

      charge THEM charge THEM.

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