Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye and his co-accused had consumed morphine and cocaine before an accident in which four children were killed, the Protea Magistrates Court has heard.
The trial of Maarohanye and his co-accused, Themba Tshabalala, will continue tomorrow.
Gordon Maseko, a Joburg Metro Police official, testified yesterday afternoon that on arrival at the scene of the accident he asked where the drivers of the two vehicles which were involved in the accident were.
He was shown to a metro police van and said he met Tshabalala who reeked of alcohol while Maarohanye rubbed his nose.
“It is a sign of people who sniff drugs, they normally rub their nose,” said Maseko.
He then took both accused to the Dube Alcohol Evidence Testing Centre where they were both tested for alcohol and drugs.
He said only Tshabalala was found to have consumed alcohol above the legal limit while both Tshabalala and
Maarohanye tested positive for cocaine and morphine after tests were done on their urine.
He said: “I then told them I was putting them under arrest and read them their rights.”
Thereafter he took them to the Nthabiseng Clinic at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital to have their blood samples tested because the drug tests done at the alcohol test centre were preliminary.
He admitted to Maarohanye’s lawyer, Ike Motloung that he did not see the results of the blood samples.
Maseko said before he left the scene of the accident with the two accused he had asked a “group of boys” what had transpired before the fatal car crash.
“They said the cars were facing the same direction and the drivers were talking before they started racing at high speed.”
Maseko told the court drag racing was a common problem in Soweto and police arrested those who engaged in the activity as they were breaking the law.
He, however, admitted to failing to take down written statements from the boys. This prompted Motloung to say: “I put it to you that this is a contorted or cooked up story not supported by evidence.”
Maseko protested and Motloung added: “My client (Maarohanye) will deny that he drove at a high speed in a race and that he was rubbing his nose and will say it’s new evidence you are just making up.”
The two are facing four counts of murder or alternatively culpable homicide, two counts of attempted murder, a count of reckless and negligent driving, the use of drugs, driving under the influence of drugs and failure to ascertain the nature and injuries sustained by persons, and racing.
If convicted, they face life imprisonment.