Technical problems halt Jub Jub trial

2011-05-25 16:02

Johannesburg - The trial of murder-accused Molema Jub Jub Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala was postponed in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Magistrate Brian Nemabidi said he was postponing the case to Friday because of technical difficulties.

Proceedings were delayed for over two hours so State prosecutor Raymond Mathenjwa could sort out technical difficulties with a video to be shown in court.

Earlier, 18-year-old witness Ntokozo Mahlangu testified that she took out her cellphone and started recording when she saw cars driving parallel to one another.

She had been standing at the corner of Mdlalose street with friends at the time.

Recognised Jub Jub

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

She gave a copy of the video to an unidentified journalist the night of the accident.

Police received the video in July last year, she said.

Maarohanya and Tshabalala face charges of murder and attempted murder and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

They were allegedly drag-racing when one of their Mini Coopers ploughed into a group of schoolchildren on Mdlalose Drive in Protea North on March 8 last year.

Four children died in the accident and two others suffered severe injuries, including brain damage.

  • Kpt_Keyboard - 2011-05-25 16:26

    I dont realy understand this case..its suppose to be easy! Uhm he killed 4 children an brain damaged 1 because he couldnt behave! He was drunk prob smoked some tik the piece of crap and was driving at rediculously high speeds!!! Put him in jail forever!

      Ntebo More - 2011-05-25 16:37

      they are looking for something to clear his name

      Jason V - 2011-05-25 16:40

      I don't understand why every case in South Africa has sooooo many delays...always...

      Jason V - 2011-05-25 17:14

      @Revo Lol, True...

  • thobsion.ANC - 2011-05-25 16:37

    Why a video? Molemo was the driver of bloody mini cooper, Molemo killed the kids. Does this video form part of the evidence? Get out of here, that is a court not some cinema. Just lock these morons please so that there is justice to both sides. The parents lost their children, the scumbags must go to jail for life. In fact, a new safety shoe must be locked with them, kept to where they can see it every day of their jail time. The sentence is, you don't go out of prison door until that safety shoe deteriorates. *NB...No one is allowed to wear that shoe as it safely locked to where these kid murders can see it.

      Krolie - 2011-05-25 17:37

      Perhaps it's better to wait as hopefully the video will clinch their guilt in the event that for some other "obstacle" or botched urine etc analysis "miraculously" cannot be used, or they find some other way out of this to let them go free. They cannot dispute a video!

  • Sbahle - 2011-05-25 16:44

    The system is failing these families the case is simple uJuba nomngani wakhe guilty and should go to jail otherwise he'll be realeasing a song soon

  • Lab-Rat - 2011-05-25 16:46

    Eish, we're having some technological difficulties. Seriously, it's not hard to retrieve a video from a cellphone. In fact I think my 9 month old daughter could do it.

  • Smk - 2011-05-25 17:21

    I heard this and wondered why I am not a millionare with brain(Less) idiots in these positions. Take another Vodacom sim card (If cellphone is locked to Vodacom) and put it in the effing phone and turn it on. For these oaks it obviously is rocket science.

  • Woji - 2011-05-25 17:38

    ....and another murderer gets off on a technicality

  • Boerseun - 2011-05-25 18:12

    Judicis officium est opus diei in die suo perficere.It is the duty of a judge to finish the work of each day within that day. I wish they would get this into their thick skulls. Justice not served within reasonable time corrupts evidence and does unjustice to those who were wronged.

  • Eric West - 2011-05-25 18:13

    The incompetency of the "transformed" judiciary is just astounding. They only realised this morning that the cellphone is locked? The prosecutor has a copy of the video on disk, but didn't bother to bring it to court? God help us!

  • KaluluM - 2011-05-26 10:18

    what is RICA got to do with this cass? Now they can not open video because the sim was not RICA. you guys think that South Africans are stupid? shame on you bloody Justice system you're all idiot because every cellphone can stored pictures and videos in Phone's memory or memory cart so please take the dog JUB JUB where he belong. was he the driver or not the fact is he was part of the bloody game that took the lives of many kid. If he walk free do you know what the family's of the victimes feels? Maybe if one of the kid was Zuma's this cass would have been done by now. I'm just saying!!!

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