Part of me died in the crash, says Jub Jub

2011-12-05 22:26

Johannesburg - Musician Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye denied on Monday that his car was the one that crashed into a group of schoolchildren in Protea North on March 8 last year.

"I did not hit anybody. When I hit the tree there was no one I had hit," he said in the Protea Magistrate's Court while being questioned by his lawyer Ike Motloung.

He and co-accused Themba Tshabalala face charges of murder, attempted murder and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

They allegedly crashed into a group of schoolchildren, killing four of them and seriously injuring two, while racing along Mdlalose Street.

Maarohanye said he was not aware until much later that children had been killed in the accident. He was told by his friend Tumelo Mukoka, who was a passenger in his car when the accident occurred.

Pulled out through sunroof

He said he had been driving along Mdlalose Street with Tshabalala behind him before the accident.

"As I looked in my rearview mirror I could see Themba behind me [in his Mini Cooper S], but when I looked again his car was not there and when I turned to my right hand side I saw him," Maarohanye said.

He described in detail how the moment he turned to look ahead, Tshabalala's car hit the back of his causing him to hit a curb and then a tree before he briefly blacked out.

He said that after his car had crashed, he tried to get out of it, but he was trapped by his seatbelt. Mukoka came to his rescue and pulled him out through the sunroof.

"I then kept asking what had happened. I don't remember seeing Themba's car at that moment," he said.

Asked by Motloung if he had crashed into the schoolchildren, Maarohanye said: "No".


When asked how he knew this, he told the court: "I know I didn't because when I heard the bang and I looked ahead, I only hit a curb before I blacked out."

He said he heard screams and crying shortly after he was pulled out of the wreckage and some people saying "children".

"I didn't know which kids they were talking about. I didn't see the kids," he said, adding that the last time he saw children was before he crashed.

He said there were children walking both on the road and on the pavement before the accident, but that he had not paid much attention to them because he was having a business discussion with Mukoka.

Maarohanye dismissed allegations by some witnesses that after the accident he spoke on the phone about how "he feared no one" and "a lawyer".

He told the court that he witnessed someone slapping Tshabalala while they stood on the side of the road after the accident.

‘Part of me died’

Maarohanye said the incident prompted him to ask a metro police officer to place them in his car.

He also denied that he was under the influence of alcohol and drugs when he crashed and said the police who attended to the accident scene tested him six times and he measured zero for the substance.

"I deny flatly that I was on drugs or alcohol," he said.

After a short break to compose himself, he was asked why he had been crying.

"I asked for a break because I was emotionally overcome. When that accident took place, part of me died," he said.

"It is a pity no one knows what I have to deal with - the insults, negative comments - I am really sorry about what happened on that day.

‘Could have happened to anybody’

"I just happened to be part of it. I didn't plan it. This could have happened to anybody."

Maarohanye said: "I didn't kill anybody... my condolences to the families."

He complained that the media coverage of the case had been unfair as he had been named before he was charged.

He said the accident happened at about 14:00 and that by 17:00 his name was in the news.

"What is this case about? Is it about the four kids who died or Jub Jub?" he asked.

Maarohanye denied that he had been racing.

His denials sparked anger among some of those attending the trial.

"He's going to shit his pants. The kids were not killed by trees," a woman shouted from the public gallery.

Earlier, Maarohanye told the court Tshabalala was not his friend and that he knew him through another artist signed on his record label.

Under cross-examination by Tshabalala's defence attorney Mlungiseleni Soviti, Maarohanye said he had known him for two or three years before the accident.

No blood on my car

He said Tshabalala had been driving on the wrong side of the road when he crashed into the back of his car, causing the accident.

Asked by Soviti how he knew he had not hit the schoolchildren, Maarohanye told the court that there was no trace of blood on his vehicle.

"I am sure I didn't hit the kids because my car didn't have body damage or blood on it. That's how I know," he said.

Soviti told Maarohanye that his co-accused would later tell the court that he was the one driving on the left side of the road in front of Maarohanye and that Maarohanye had been in the lane for oncoming traffic.

Under cross-examination, prosecutor Raymond Mathenjwa challenged Maarohanye's testimony that a community member assaulted Tshabalala after the accident.

He said Tshabalala had also denied that he was assaulted.

Using court transcripts, Mathenjwa pointed out errors between Maarohanye's testimony earlier on Monday and before then about how his vehicle was positioned prior to the accident and after.

Motloung objected to this and told the court that Mathenjwa had not provided him with the transcripts after he had requested copies.

Magistrate Brian Nemavhidi postponed the case to Tuesday to allow the defence to acquire the transcripts.

  • Wayne - 2011-12-05 22:40

    Part of you died?? BOO HOO!! What about those kids, a lot more than just a part of them died. If it was just an accident I would agree with you and understand, but considering that you and your co-accused are entirely to blame...I doubt you will find much sympathy.

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-05 22:45

      Yes enough of these sob stories now! Lock him up!!!!

      John - 2011-12-06 08:56

      wayne his brain should have died,they are streching this case far to long there are no excuses, his urine sample was a cocktail of drugs and he should not have been behind a sterring wheel never mind out on the road and to say it could happen to anybody i seriously doubt that,send him to jail.

      madsipho - 2011-12-06 09:00

      Kngaroo Court for him, let him face mob justice if he wanna waste time and tax payers money.

  • ec.van.niekerk - 2011-12-05 22:42

    Part of you died? Damn it should have been all of you!!!

  • Ricky - 2011-12-05 22:52

    WOW! Its like an episode of Jerry Springer.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2011-12-05 23:04

    The wrong part died. When u see kids walking in the road U pay attention.

  • Sithando - 2011-12-05 23:32

    It's a pity that your little balls didn't die with your part and I do not understand why your remaining part is left to roam around.Someone SHUT this fool and lock it up.

  • tshegofatso.setilo - 2011-12-05 23:55

    Molemo must burn in hell. He is now denying everything and shifting the blame on pathetic. He shows no remorse for what he did. I hope they lock him for a very long time. Nxaa. Porr families lost they children because of him.

      Mfana - 2011-12-06 06:25

      Tshego, I thought you were a christian? hahahahahaha haaaaaahahahahahaha burn in hell?? *down, dead, win* vuvulukushe avegwa

  • brettcch - 2011-12-06 00:25

    Dude, your coke-and-ketamine backside is going to be seriously cross-examined in that dock. It will unravel your fibbing like a cheap weave.

  • Gilad - 2011-12-06 00:57

    Its all fun and games to demonise the man, lets hope no one should ever have to face the same fate. He was young and possibly reckless from what I hear. But sometimes a court and not the media should decide what is appropriate. Comments by some people on here while I know are motivated by the anger due to the loss of childrens life, must not forget that while those lives are gone and let them rest in peace, this man has to live with the consequences of his actions, and I respect him for having to bear the burden and try continue with a normal life.

      Samuel - 2011-12-06 06:55

      He can live with the consequences in jail. Agree: This can happen with anay drunk druggy

      Chantal - 2011-12-06 07:53

      Gilad it's okay to let him bear the burden of his actions and leave him alone, but then he SHOULD bear the burden and not deny his part in it! If he had actually taken responsibility for what he had done, I'm sure many of the comments would be of a different nature. He still says he did not hit those kids!

      makesuthink - 2011-12-06 08:17

      Gilad That idiot has shown no remorse at all. First of all just look at what drug cocktail was found in his blood, als he is lying about being lost because when you are lost you drive slowly and IF you have an accident the damage is nowhere near as bad as it was to his car. From his statement and his action he could not give a damn about the families. To me he is a DRUG ADDICT AND A KILLER

      madsipho - 2011-12-06 09:04

      I agree with you, but he must live with the consequences in jail and take responsibility of his action like a man instead of coming with this load of rubbish(lies)...

  • boramk - 2011-12-06 03:17

    I believe him....Because I'm retarded

  • Ian - 2011-12-06 05:06

    he denys being on drugs, oh i see now, apartheid must have put them there then, you are an alcoholic druggie, now go to jail where you belong, hopefully your hero fatboy will be joining you, moronic rap crapper

  • Ian - 2011-12-06 05:09

    another thing you retarded bastard, you swore at the dead kids parents after one of your court apperances, so quit lying, you deserve the death penalty but life without parole will have to do i suppose

  • Barefoot - 2011-12-06 06:30

    Drugs, alcohol and high speed while discussing business? even if you didn't hit the kids you too are responsible you were racing- to say that u didn't see any kids on the road till after the accident just shows how much you were concentrating on the road. if you didn't see them, how did you see the tree? was the tree more important to you than a bunch of kids on the road?

  • mark.booysen - 2011-12-06 06:35

    Aand the Oscar goes to!!!

  • Larry - 2011-12-06 06:37

    A pity the whole lot of the Bast**d did not die in the crash. We could have been spared the drama and hysteric's . Children died because of his stupidity and the parents will live with this forever.

  • George - 2011-12-06 06:59

    The part of you that died is the little thing in your head called a brain Beware now, your head will be getting smaller every day from now on. This is due to the vacumbe in there pulling your ears together. After this has happened you will be a propper anc old boy

  • Nick - 2011-12-06 07:18

    spoken like a true drama queen

  • phillip.havenga - 2011-12-06 07:32

    When there are children around you MUST take notice you must adjust your driving accordingly especially if it is a built up area or an area with lots of pedestrians, I have to say though how typical trying to blame somebody else.

  • Neville - 2011-12-06 07:48


  • SDlomo - 2011-12-06 07:57

    It's a pity how quick we judge others, irrespective of what the guys were doing be it racing or otherwise, this could have happened to any driver, lets the hands of the laws judge them. but hey doesn't matter how much right u do one wrong will erase it all

      madsipho - 2011-12-06 09:09

      I beg your pardon Dlomo. In your word, is drag racing while doing drugs LEGAL?

      Marion - 2011-12-06 09:32

      @SDlomo, not this could not have happened to 'any' driver. It could only have happened to someone breaking the law in a myriad of ways. You are quite right, it doesn't matter how much good you do it doesn't give you carte blanche to commit criminal acts. What good did he do by the way? Wasn't he implicated in some sort of scandal regarding a donation to charity from Survivor (or something similar) or was that someone else?

      Dorothea - 2011-12-06 09:46

      SDlomo, i wonder if you would be this accommodating if it had been your child that had been flattened by a drug addict? people like you should really refrain from commenting. seriously, you do not know what you are talking about. now shut up.

      Samuel - 2011-12-06 11:11

      Drug use does not erase right, it destort anay sence of right and give you a false feeling of being a super human, that is why it is against the law, same as coruption, murder, theft and rape. if you can see the right in what these idiots did, then you are prone to become a criminal your self!!!!!!!!!

  • CraigRonnenbergh - 2011-12-06 08:13

    Go piss on yourself you fool!!!! People died because of you. You have no purpose, chuck yourself in prison and throw away the key, you USELESS!!!

  • Darryl - 2011-12-06 08:28

    Blah blah blah blah, Oh cry me a freaking river. How much more of this sh#! are we going to have to put up with. This is really becoming a waist of tax payers money and i'm betting we paying for his lawyer too, cause the last time his lawyer left him cause he had no more money to pay him. Now he is stuck to Jub Jub like a flie stick to sh@!. He is trying so hard for ppl to feel sorry for poor little him and we dont care what this has done to him or what part of him has died. He has killed four innocent young children cause of there stupidity and reckless action. Just send them both to jail now, life long sentence. How hard do you think this has been for the families and you trying to be all sorry and sympathetic. News for you Jub Jub, either you just accept what you have done and go to prison or have the families mob after you and sort you out, you decide.

  • Greg - 2011-12-06 08:30

    This is absolute B.S!!! This low life scum should be locked up for the rest of his life! Case closed! The fact that he denies everything proves that he is nothing more than low life scum bag!

  • Mia - 2011-12-06 08:31

    Part of you died?...pity the whole of you didn't!

  • marinda.botha3 - 2011-12-06 08:37

    "He said Tshabalala had been driving on the wrong side of the road when he crashed into the back of his car, causing the accident". - So in other words, he too was on the wrong side of the road? No, you didn't plan for this to happen, but it did. Are you planning on taking responsibility for your part in this?

      madsipho - 2011-12-06 09:10

      I think he is trying to tell us that those kids were killed by aliens.

  • qiniso.mngomezulu - 2011-12-06 08:59

    if it was me( normal citizen) who killed thouse kids i could have been i jail the same day, juju must man up en take responsebility for your actions celebs keep getting away with murder

      Marion - 2011-12-06 09:36

      @qiniso... I agree with you fully that the normal person on the street will be chucked in jail before he/she can say 'I stole that loaf of bread because I was hungry'.

  • Dorothea - 2011-12-06 09:32

    'It could have happened to anybody' - RUBBISH. This individual was living the high life. He focussed on bling and material wealth. He did not have the decency or maturity to handle his success. He is a drug taking, bling seeking fool. THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN TO JUST ANYBODY. This man must go into a cell and wear orange for the rest of his silly little life.

  • Travis - 2011-12-06 10:09

    Lock him up, make an example of his negligence. But don't toture and insult the guy, I genuinely think anyone who never intended to kill would have remorse, and doesn't deserve a life of ridicule and toture. Most South African yuppies have the same windgat attitude. He will unfortunately have to pay for his mistakes.

      Mia - 2011-12-06 18:21

      'Unfortunately'?????? Unfortunately he will have to pay for his mistakes??? I think it's VERY fortunate!! And so do the parents of those poor children...think before you write nonsense!

  • Preshen - 2011-12-06 10:12

    he lost his no claims bonus also

  • Dyl - 2011-12-06 10:45

    An old poem from the train I used to ride: When flesh & blood meet glass & steel, the flesh knows pain, the steel can't feel. So look and learn, don't jump & jive, Stay alert & stay alive. Jub Jub Rendition: When jub jub gets behind the wheel, He forgets what happened cause he cannt feel, high on coke and full of dop, Saddam got sentenced quicker than this chop, lock him up, toss the key, Cause this man deserves no pity.

  • Joshua - 2011-12-06 11:12

    CRITICALLY_Most of you act like you dont drink and drive,its just that you have never been in such a difficult time as this guy is in,not because you are smart and can drive,but that your day for an accident that will turn your lives upside down is near.Give him a chance,if we can give whites a chance why not jub jub?

      Marion - 2011-12-06 11:25

      @Joshua... why do you have to make this a black vs white issue? You show total disrespect for the parents of these kids, and the memory of the kids whose lives were snuffed out in the blink of an eye, when you trivialize the issue like that. 'most of you act like you dont drink and drive' is probably because most of us don't drink and drive. Many people have accidents, not everyone drinks and drives, drugs and drives, dices while driving. Very big difference my man.

      Zhen - 2011-12-06 11:38

      @Joshua.... they should have bumped u dead then there will be one less stupid brain to worry about.... ur comment is utterly pathetic and says alot about ur intelligence... INFANTILE

      Mia - 2011-12-06 18:25

      Oh yes...suddenly this became a race issue...nice try...but that card doesn't work any more!

  • Shirley - 2011-12-06 11:14

    Deny,deny,deny! You lie,you lie,you lie! Lock the crackheads up and be done with it!

  • malose.mogotlane - 2011-12-06 13:17

    GOD will judge you Molemo not anyone else. Tell the truth and the truth shall set you free JUB JUB.

  • Lerato - 2011-12-06 13:25

    Part of you died, nxx you(Jujb Jub) such a joke you know

  • elsabe.wessels1 - 2011-12-06 13:30

    His defence does not sound sincere at all. He only wants to get off through getting a no guilty outcome. Who worries about what the media said then if you are in this situation currently? Furthermore, he is telling two different stories as to how he knows he did not hit the children. Get your story straight!

  • Michelle - 2011-12-06 14:54

    How long will this trial still continue as it's starting to bore the rap out of me. Part of you died???? Your whole being should have as innocent children were killed in the process & families left to mourn their loss forever. LOCK HIM UP & THROW AWAY THE KEY!!!!!

  • Tim - 2011-12-06 16:21

    because he was under the influence, how was he going to see the children?

  • Robert - 2011-12-06 21:40

    Well it wasn't your brain that died - that was gone long before. Grow up, apologise and take your medicine!

  • Peter - 2011-12-07 07:45

    Which part of you died in the accident, It couldnt be your brain because you are braindead, It wont be jour morals because you havent got any so what died, nothing, just go and put yourself out od your own misery you are a waste of space on the earth.

  • Peter - 2011-12-08 02:21

    JUB JUB 'Part of you died !! What a pity the whole part of you didn't die Blackout what a joke , the next thing you will most probably claim is that the tree jumped out in front of you . The community should get hold of you , if any of those kids were mine I would drag your sorry ass behind my car until nothing remained but the memories of a idiot that should have died at childbirth

  • Jake - 2012-02-20 11:46

    Part of you Died yes you are so right it was your ability to tell the truth,you thug

  • malinda.cassidy - 2012-03-02 08:34

    You are responsible - ' Your irresponsible behaviour caused an accident in which children were killed. You have a bloody nerve to ask for 'understanding' for what you are going through.

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