Jub Jub testimony rejected

2012-10-16 11:23
The Protea Magistrates’ Court has rejected musician Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye’s version of the events that led to the death of four schoolchildren in an alleged drag-racing incident in March 2010.

Magistrate Brian Nemavhidi said Maarohanye couldn’t explain his car’s skid marks on the road.

Nemavhidi also accepted urine samples – according to which the accused had tested positive for morphine and cocaine – as evidence and said they had not been tampered with and that cellphone footage of the alleged incident had not been compromised.

The court accepted the evidence and testimonies of the witnesses, Sapa reported.

The court was packed today with friends and family of the schoolchildren.

Maarohanye and his co-accused, Themba Tshabalala, showed no emotion as they listened to the summary of evidence in their trial, Sapa reported.

Tshabalala, dressed in a suit, and Maarohanye, in a tan leather jacket and braided hair, did not look at each other once during judgement.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala allegedly drag-raced in Protea North on March 8 2010 when they crashed into a group of schoolchildren.

Prince Mohube, Mlungisi Cwayi, Andile Mthombeni, and Phomello Masemola, were killed.

Frank Mlambo and Fumani Mushwana were seriously injured.

A court official earlier today asked people in the second and third rows of the court to make space for the families and friends of the schoolchildren.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala 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.