Video expert under fire in Jub Jub trial

2012-05-30 19:17

Johannesburg - A video expert came under fire on Wednesday in the murder trial of Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala in the Protea Magistrate's Court.

"What best can be expected from you, how are we going to trust what you are going to say?" prosecutor Raymond Mathenjwa asked the expert, Riana Smalberger.

She had told the court that she found 13 video clips on a cellphone; ten of them were deleted and two were still on the phone.

Mathenjwa wanted to know what happened to the other video and Smalberger replied that she made a mistake, and that there were only 12 videos found.

"You are an expert. What best can be expected from you?" said Mathenjwa.

"Sir, I made a mistake. It is not like you have never made a mistake," said Smalberger.

Smalberger was expected to give evidence on whether the cellphone video footage presented by the State earlier in the trial had been tampered with.

She told the court that she only started working on the video on Tuesday, when her brief was to download the video. That was why she had not made any analysis.

Mathenjwa accused her of being in possession of private information not relevant to the trial.

He said she was supposed to analyse the two video clips and was not supposed to retrieve deleted information from the phone.

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

They were allegedly racing their Mini Coopers when they crashed into a group of school children in Mdlalose Street, in Protea North, on March 8, 2010. Four boys died and two were seriously injured.

The matter was postponed to 4 June.

  • Stephen Mocha - 2012-05-30 19:39

    will this trial ever end? its been 2years now but i dont see any progress

  • Bokfan - 2012-05-30 20:00

    They will now be found not guilty based on an insignificant numerical mistake made a meal of, by the prosecution nogal. This prosecutor is obviously under (financial, social, political) pressure to discredit the witness thereby ensuring the acquittal. Silly lady for giving these swines the gap. Now everyone will blame you for the result. Thats the world we live in.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-05-30 20:26

    If deleted footage can be retrieved, then it should be used. Obviously they would delete any incriminating evidence given half a chance. But in this day and age it can be retieved.

  • michael.falatsi - 2012-05-30 21:01

    kere this 2 especialy jub jub they are going to jail diyofela dibono ke ke ma hungry lion

  • Pontsho - 2012-05-30 22:02

    it is so boring thy go 2 court every tym bt thy dnt came wth an END,jst bcaus is de celebrities dt is so rong...wht about justis those children died thy wnt bring thm bck so thy mst pay(jail)

  • Rodney - 2012-05-31 02:57

    She only started work on the phone on Tuesday?! Why? this case has been going on since 2010, why only start work on it now?

  • nofikathiniskeyi.eunice - 2012-05-31 05:18

    wow this case its make me sick what take so long postpone postpone antil when this finish demit

  • tebogo.maja.77 - 2012-05-31 06:40

    Its a shame what happened to the school kids, to further insult to death its been 2 years since alll this happened. What kind of justice is this?

  • nadineelvina.francis - 2012-05-31 11:13

    Now the Video is on trial- what a load of hogwash? The injuries of those children ( victim) explain the speed at which those cars were travelling. They are both guilty - They were not taking a Sunday afternoon drive.

  • dmaloma - 2012-05-31 12:40

    Expert or not we all know that Jub Jub and Tshabalala must go and serve time in jail for what they did.

  • given.tshifaro - 2012-05-31 13:38

    I think our justice in south africa sucks,especially when it comes to dealing whith this so called celebs cause and the end of the day they have caused pain into those families who lost their loved ones. Phansi ngo JUB JUB and his co accused phansi!!!

  • jerome.main.9 - 2012-10-11 17:37

    These tool bags must rot in hell. The one kid was nearly decapitated he got hit so hard by the car.

  • bkobone - 2012-10-16 10:33

    better they go to jail

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