Jub Jub witness breaks down in court

2011-03-18 12:51

Johannesburg - A witness in the murder trial of musician Molemo Jub Jub Maarohanye and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala broke down in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Friday as she recalled the March 8, 2010 accident scene.

Maki Ndlovu, dressed in sangoma regalia, told the court that she saw a silver grey Mini Cooper bump into the wheels of the blue one driven by the accused. She said this caused the blue Mini Cooper to hit a pavement, plough into a group of school children, sending them flying in the air with it before landing on top of two of the youngsters.

Two other children who were also flung in the air landed on the sides of the vehicle in bushes on the side of Mdlalose Drive in Protea North.

Sobbed uncontrollably

As Ndlovu recalled the horror sight of the accident she broke down and started sobbing uncontrollably, prompting the trial to be briefly stood down.

Defence attorney Ike Motloung grinned immediately after Ndlovu broke down, angering family members in the public gallery who asked whether the death of the children was funny.

When the trial resumed, Ndlovu told the court that the silver grey Mini Cooper also spun out of control after the crash and also landed in the bushes.

She said when she rushed closer to the scene she saw the driver of the silver grey Mini Cooper with plaited hair standing near the car and making a cellphone call.


Ndlovu, who said she was the first to arrive on scene after the crash, told the court that as she was observing the scene a woman arrived and walked up to the silver grey car driver and slapped him before telling him "he had killed the children".

She said police arrived shortly after that.

When asked by Motloung if she was a sangoma, people in the public gallery protested. The by then agitated Ndlovu said she was still training to be a sangoma. She told that court that she, and another witness Nono Mabote, the friend she was walking with when the accident happened, did not discuss the details of the case when they got home in Protea Glen where they lived together until she gave a police statement the following day.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala are facing charges of murder, attempted murder, as well as reckless and negligent driving after the initial charges of culpable homicide were changed.

The case continues.

  • Made_In_SA - 2011-03-18 12:59

    why all the uncertainty? its obvious that jub jub was racing or driving recklessly with his bum buddy, they had partaking of drugs/ alcohol and were driving that alone makes him guilty, never mind the fact he is the spawn of Mamma Jackie another thief and criminal that was exposed by carte blanche a few yrs ago.. Another thing is where is the hordes of community members that were baying for his blood in the begining of the case>? did somebody forget to bus them in and give them lunch to make a scene around the court house? Isn't it funny how nobody wants to kill him any more...? makes you wonder!

      WILLAM GOQO - 2011-03-18 13:22

      The hordes of people probably got tired as they know which direction this case is taking, it's sad esp for the family but we all know that justice neva prevails these days, criminals now have rights according to the new SA law. Our country is going down the drain I tell you

  • hf44083 - 2011-03-18 13:24

    The defence attorney "grinned" - what a disgrace to the legal professsion, and asked her if she was a sangoma - what has that got to do with what she saw happen. That is just intimidating the witness who was already traumatised. No wonder he is defence attorney for such a piece of rubbish, no different to his client even with fancy education

      CPII - 2011-03-18 13:57

      Like attorneys do, he's trying to get his clients loose on a technical point :-(

  • Innocentia - 2011-03-18 13:30

    is the law only applicable to poor people, if Jub Jub is off the hook the we do not have a justice system. When are the poor people going to be heard, we are talking about lives here that were lost not chickens that were just ran over for crying out loud.

      ProphaC - 2011-03-18 16:34

      I don't know what in the last 15 odd years has given you the idea that the justice system is anywhere close to its namesake. In recent times we've got Shaik with his terminal life disease, (though if I ever get a terminal illness, I'm definitely taking up golf!!), we've got 'ol Winnie who was sentenced to 10 years for her antics and didn't go near jail cell, we've got our former police chief who was sentenced to 15 years but also doesn't seem to know what the inside of a cell looks like, and SOMEHOW, gets leave to appeal his sentence from OUTSIDE prison. Really not sure how that works - can you imagine every convicted criminal could just appeal his sentence and bugger off home; so I'm really struggling to see how you're able to believe there is any kind of "justice system" left to have any faith in.

  • Mizer - 2011-03-18 13:34

    Mizer..This case has dragged for far too long with good evidence and witnesses pointing to the accused... I don’t know what more needs to be uncovered? They just need to finalise it and rest it so that the families of the deceased can have a final closure and move on. It’s hard enough of them having to go to court and hear their kids names mentioned over and over. I truly feel for them

      ostuurman - 2011-03-18 14:57

      The case cant be finalised regardless of the facts and witnesses because the accused who is guilty is a celebrity. SA is getting fucked up day by day.

  • kratos - 2011-03-18 14:01

    fuck jub jub ma se ....rot in hell you c@#$%

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-03-18 14:02

    Jub jub...Jail jail...take that grinning idiot & your pal with you.

  • Totman - 2011-03-18 14:06

    I do not see any reason for this article. "The witness was sobbing" What is so news worthy about that. She recalls a bad experience and it was only natural. Good answer girl on that sangoma question. I would have liked to plaster that grin of the attorney's face onto my flat hand! I hope you can put this bad experience behind you.

  • George - 2011-03-18 14:09

    The grinning lawywer is a sick man - he needs help - Hey Julius, bring some chicken.

  • Nic - 2011-03-18 14:11

    Hang him and get it over and done with!

  • Daniel - 2011-03-18 14:30

    its heart rending and devious for someone to do a thing and pleads ignorance. anyway, who am i to judge?

  • Daniel - 2011-03-18 14:31

    the devil made me do it, no the devil done did it!

      MM - 2011-03-18 14:39

      Hey Danny, how about some English lessons...or maybe the devil did it?

  • Koos - 2011-03-18 14:37


  • Melanie - 2011-03-18 14:49

    The court's time is been waisted with this case. A witness places the two of them at the scene and confirms them as the driver. Put them in jail. Make an example of them to other so-called "celebrities" that when you break the law, your money can't buy your freedom. Children are dead because of their irresponsible behaviour, now tax payer's money is been waisted.

  • stephen scott - 2011-03-18 15:08

    "Defence attorney Ike Motloung grinned immediately after Ndlovu broke down” the judge should have charged him with contempt

      tracykruger007 - 2011-03-22 12:09

      What's new?? It's the new K@K attitude that comes with the territory of the "untouchables".

  • DPG - 2011-03-18 16:00

    no matter what happens, jub jub is over. his life will never be the same. he will live the rest of his life in fear knowing that people would always be after his blood should the right sentence not be given.

  • Podgette - 2011-03-18 16:17

    That JubJub has a real "slap me face". Would love to donner that smug look right off it!

  • missmazwi - 2011-03-18 16:48

    Send him and his co-accused to the Gallows

  • tracykruger007 - 2011-03-22 12:04

    Why is this case taking so long? The mofo should have been behind bars long ago! It's disgusting that a life means absolutely NOTHING in this country. Take responsibility for your actions a$$hole!!!!!!!

  • polymath86 - 2011-03-22 12:28

    Fack these fools, their day of reckoning will come. If not by our justice system, the peoples justice will.

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