Rain stalls judgment in Jub Jub case

2012-10-11 16:27

Johannesburg - Judgment in the murder trial of musician Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala was delayed by rain on Thursday.

"I would like to pursue this matter for finality, but the rain is interfering with the recording equipment," Magistrate Brian Nemavhidi said in the Protea Magistrate's Court.

"I postpone the matter to tomorrow [Friday]... bail extended."

Maarohanye and Tshabalala were allegedly drag-racing in Protea North in March 2010 when they crashed into a group of schoolchildren. Four boys were killed and two were seriously injured.

They are charged with murder, reckless driving, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and failing to assess the injuries of the victims. Both have pleaded not guilty.

They watched from the dock as Nemavhidi started delivering judgment on Wednesday, with a summary of the evidence of 20 witnesses who have testified since the trial started in 2010.

Friends and family of the school children, and of Tshabalala and Maarohanye, were present.

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-10-11 16:30

    Er were proceedings held outdoors, under a tree?

      JackTrend - 2012-10-11 16:39

      lazy judge wanted to try beat the traffic home

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-11 16:40

      My thoughts exactly! Or is it a bush court perhaps?

      desertratbkf - 2012-10-11 16:50


      classwar.trotsky - 2012-10-11 16:53

      Maybe get a Duckworth-Lewis verdict???

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-11 16:55

      Oh Dear it's started raining here. Got to go home. See you all tomorrow.

      thefith.element.3 - 2012-10-11 17:01

      Uhm, my thoughts exactly........rain delay.......WTF?

      kim.buren - 2012-10-11 17:08


      junebugg.kinte - 2012-10-11 17:09

      They should have borrowed my IPhone,I am sure no rain would interfere with its recording,especially indoors.

      ianthe.exall - 2012-10-11 17:26

      My thoughts as well- much like some schoolkids have to learn-under a tree.

      moeketsi.thebe - 2012-10-11 17:37

      Clearly magistrate didn't want to get struck by the lightning whilst deliberating under the tree . Unbelievable ..

      boltonbarry - 2012-10-11 18:11

      This is in Protea court in Soweto and the court has a tin roof and makes a lot of noise so yes it would interfere with the recording of the case

  • mark.schulz.796 - 2012-10-11 16:31

    It's a verdict reading, not a 5 day test. Delayed due to rain indeed!

      mark.schulz.796 - 2012-10-11 16:35

      I hope this is where the similarities end, or the judge will choke on the 4th day and Jub Jub will walk free when an inconclusive result is declared.

      andrew.mbai.5 - 2012-10-11 16:48

      maybe the prblm is the reading coz rain is an excs

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-11 17:08

      Hope there is no match fixing!

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-11 16:32

    Oh so it was raining inside - excuses excuses just get on with it. Or is it the thought that you are supreme egging you on. What a dips***.

  • mualusi - 2012-10-11 16:36

    Allow me to LoL to this country.... Or maybe the courtroom was leaking

  • mart.botha - 2012-10-11 16:37

    This is highly suspect.....more technicalities being introduced to facilitate more reasons for appeal.

      mart.botha - 2012-10-11 16:39

      The photo shows a child doesn't matter which way you look at it.

      ianon.ym - 2012-10-11 16:46

      Why do I get a sneaky feeling that these guys are going to walk ...

  • wehan.victor - 2012-10-11 16:38

    Get on with it already.

  • Rhulani Coleman Mkhwanazi - 2012-10-11 16:39

    Tomorrow judge will be sick.

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-10-11 16:43

      or his shoes will be wet from all the rain

      alain.d.thomas - 2012-10-11 16:43

      Babalaas lol

      grant.callaway.50 - 2012-10-11 17:39

      ...there hasn't been an amnesia episode yet! Oh, and Jub-Jub is actually Ridge Forrester's biological father...

  • grant.callaway.50 - 2012-10-11 16:40

    If it's raining so badly, perhaps the lazy-@ss judge could simply SPEAK LOUDER?? What a joke...

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-10-11 16:45

      or maybe apply duckworth-lewis

      heiku.staude - 2012-10-11 17:15

      ^ comment of the day.

  • charmaine.rowlands - 2012-10-11 16:41

    ROFLMAO... interrupted by rain, can't stop laughing

  • naphtal.emile - 2012-10-11 16:41

    Lord Have Mercy

  • john.ncala - 2012-10-11 16:42

    Hayi how now where is this case held at soccer city?

  • stanley.marries - 2012-10-11 16:43 seems like this judge is scared to hand over is interfering with the sound??? this court in an open field or what?...i get the feeling this trial will end up like most of us predicted it would...''not guilty''...pathetic damn laws...i prefer apartheid...i would rather choose to be out of town after 6 then having to be nervous during glad I never f*ken voted for these people!!

      mbali.cele.7 - 2012-10-11 16:46

      My thoughts exactly..WTF!!do they mean that no case ws presided on a rainy day!utter BS..

      heiku.staude - 2012-10-11 17:17

      I don't think it's a case of one or the other. We can have our cake and eat it too. We just have to kill criminals (Civilians and Government).

      evan.connock - 2012-10-11 18:13

      And you just watch, tomorrow the noise will interfere with the prediction of more rain...this case is being drawn out much longer than neccesary, perhaps the judge wants a TV series. In all fairness, perhpas insiders know that JubJub has some super defence up his sleeve for a rainy day

      stanley.marries - 2012-10-11 21:10

      lol..evan..with this clear-cut case that dragged on for over 2 years,i think the judge got used to all this drama so now he is trying to add a little suspense to the whole saga...but still, I think this is really 'bullslagen'

  • maricha.knightvanheerden - 2012-10-11 16:43

    Rain? What next?

  • TshilidziPhuravhathu - 2012-10-11 16:44

    what is this a tribal court, setup under a tree?

  • ronald.khoza.9 - 2012-10-11 16:44

    If it was me(Khoza) this case should have been finalized in 2010. An if it was Chabalala only, but bcoz there is a celebrity the caught is dragging the case why?

      mbali.cele.7 - 2012-10-11 16:51

      Yep,that's the way I see it..I think they want to put more blame on Tshabalala,when they should be getting a similar sentence..celebrity or not!!!

      heiku.staude - 2012-10-11 17:18

      Money for lawyers. It's disgusting.

  • uraharabluekisuke - 2012-10-11 16:44

    Wow!! I don't think I need to be a lawyer to understand that the judge is waiting for someone to steal and dispose of the evidence so he can throw the case out, because that is the only way a no guilty verdict can be possible. An example must be made, whether it's high or low profile case, no one should be above the law

  • anele.mveku - 2012-10-11 16:45

    What the hell, what court doesn't proceed because of rain...this Judge is either being lazy or is stalling with his f***up judgment.

      modupi.forman - 2012-10-15 16:26

      Perhaps this judge was afraid to disclose the results & decided to put rain as an excuse(afraid of commitment)'s hard from his side lol

  • gerald.mphuthi - 2012-10-11 16:45

    No...the trial is normally held in some shack

  • zipho500 - 2012-10-11 16:45

    Why? Was it raining inside the court?

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-11 17:36

      Death sentence by lightning

  • mzwandile.mngoma - 2012-10-11 16:46

    Really nw?lol wow

  • siyaphi.dlambili.masilela - 2012-10-11 16:46

    How many postponement exactly before they know faith in this. Do they have some kind of special treatment. They must have Qwele justice.

  • magomarele - 2012-10-11 16:49

    There was too much thunder storms, lightning and heavy rain which interfered with the recording and other electronic equipments. That's why the magistrate adjourned. That can't be very difficult to understand, seriously.

      brent.bartlett.98 - 2012-10-11 21:52

      Yah, but how long did the thunderstorm actually last - maybe 30 minutes? Ever heard of a recess?

  • Peter Zylstra - 2012-10-11 16:50

    Hey guys remember this is africa and since apartheid can not be blamed some excuse had to be fabricated by the incompetend judge!

  • ppisciotta - 2012-10-11 16:54

    Miserable SA technology. A bit of rain and the entire country falls apart. 4th world indeed.

  • elewies - 2012-10-11 16:58

    Just put emmers wherever its leaking and stop wasting taxpayers' money

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-11 17:11

      Or buy the judge a hearing aid!

  • philip.baron.7 - 2012-10-11 17:01

    the rain is noisy when it falls on tin roofs. The recording equipment must be respected and is used when or if the case gets transcribed. Recording with microphones is like this anywhere in the world. Remember that the room is not a studio, its a reverberant acoustics trap. When the accused wants to appeal, the magistrates who decide will then read the judgement and take a decision.

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-10-11 17:03

    Well, thats an original excuse to get out of working.

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2012-10-11 17:09

    That's a new one. The rain is interfering with the recording equipment. Just sounds like a lazy judge to me!

  • KennySven - 2012-10-11 17:10

    Bush Law,Bush Court.The storm tripped the electricity so no tea for Judge.The Judge immediately sen't a message to the local Witch Doctor who advised him to to cancel to another day.(True Story) VIVA Another Day Wasted VIVA.

  • Bahle Mathe - 2012-10-11 17:12

    Agg this is an attention seeking magistrate I mean since when do court proceedings stop because of rain. Or is the court Topless. I've worked in a court room for years not even once has the rain interupted the recording material. Those are computers not satelites

      Bahle Mathe - 2012-10-11 17:46

      I mean a 3 day Judgment at reagional magistrate court, It took the cape high court 4 hrs to deliver a judgment on that guy who killed more than 10 kids at a railway crossing. The constitutional court recently delivered a Judgment on Menzi Simelane's appointment, it took them a couple of hours. They touched a number of constitutional issues they made a decision which was unfavourable to the President and they had to Give an extensive Ratio decidendi to explain how they reached the outcome. This Magistrate is drawing more attention to himself and top this case. The public will be watching and will expect a particular outcome. That means more unncessary pressure on himself. He better find those guys gulty

  • lorna.sisusa - 2012-10-11 17:18

    Just a lame excuse, what kind of magistrate is that with illegitimate reason.. it would've been better if the judgement was held in the ground or under the tree.. well they mustn't relax yet, tomorrow is within less than 12 hours.

  • bona.mbeki - 2012-10-11 17:19

    Brown envelop.

  • Teuneman - 2012-10-11 17:20

    Is this court or cricket? Sheesh

  • Joubs1957 - 2012-10-11 17:24

    I think the roof was probably stolen?

  • thulani.sparks - 2012-10-11 17:25

    Feels like we r watching a soap Opera wen the male character is abt to walk in on his wife busy wit d gardner-The episodes ends nd we hv to wait 4 2morrows episode...

      steve.blignaut - 2012-10-11 17:33

      Feels like we are watching a soap Opera when the male character is about to walk in on his wife busy with the gardener-The episodes ends and we have to wait 4 tomorrows episode...

      thulani.sparks - 2012-10-11 17:49

      What do u do 4 a living young man???

  • Erna - 2012-10-11 17:27

    Only in SA. Maybe it was the judge affected by the rain - he wanted to go home earl(ier).

  • steve.blignaut - 2012-10-11 17:30


      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-10-11 20:33

      These people need P W Botha to get them sorted out he should never have allowed this to happen it is his fault. Get him back to chase this lot of fools into the street I cant take it anymore.

  • blackdeli - 2012-10-11 17:31

    That shud teach them to use a proper court and not sit under a tree. Cause no ways in our courts rain cud've stopped them

  • samuel.thomas.3538 - 2012-10-11 17:38

    hw do d rain disturb d judgement.was d judgement being passed Nigerian style o....sitting under a tree.lmfao

  • sugar.creek.904 - 2012-10-11 17:43

    How come other criminal cases continued in other rooms? 3 days for verdict in magistrates court! These guys are getting 6 months Max or will be not guiltu. Only in RSA!

      sugar.creek.904 - 2012-10-11 17:47

      How to avoid jail in SA? Become a z list celebrity or join ANC leadership. If u both u are INVINCIBLE.\r\n\r\nThey will get off on \technicality\

  • Raynard Hans - 2012-10-11 17:48

    he killed the kids,it takes two years to sentence,our ffup Court rules...

  • nofikathiniskeyi.eunice - 2012-10-11 17:57

    maphupha ayaphela mfanas ngathi souzolala uchetyiwe

  • nofikathiniskeyi.eunice - 2012-10-11 17:57

    maphupha ayaphela mfanas ngathi souzolala uchetyiwe

  • nofikathiniskeyi.eunice - 2012-10-11 17:57

    maphupha ayaphela mfanas ngathi souzolala uchetyiwe

  • motleleng - 2012-10-11 18:01

    I really need Jub Jub's sangoma, he must be good...

  • storm.chambers.5 - 2012-10-11 18:02

    Last night of good food jub-jub you must enjoy it like you see them on tv

  • archie.mooki - 2012-10-11 18:13

    Ohhhh boy your ancestors are crying for you .

  • benson.botlhole - 2012-10-11 18:21

    this judge is really crazy or lazy I mean come on now like really, was the proceedings held under a tree. our justice system is letting us down the case has been dragging on for two years now and then this lame excuse, wow.

  • maggie.hlongwane - 2012-10-11 19:05

    how much did the maarohanye's pay this judge???

  • elias.b.molomo - 2012-10-11 19:07

    If it rains judge can't talk???????? mzanzi, it is wat it is.