Drug abuse and lies at Jub Jub murder trial(+ video)
ALLEGATIONS of drug abuse, lies and car racing and blame shifting characterised the start of the case in which hip-hop star Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and a friend are accused of killing four Soweto schoolchildren.
Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala face 10 charges, including four of murder, two of attempted murder and the use of drugs and one count of racing on a public road.
The accused's cars veered off a road in Soweto and crashed into a group of schoolchildren while they were allegedly drag racing.
The crash led to the death of Andile Mthombeni, Mlungisi Cwaya, Prince Mahube and Mpumelelo Masemola. Maarohanye and Tshabalala have both pleaded not guilty to the charges and both gave no plea explanation.
Metro police officer Gordon Maseko said Maarohanye tested positive for chlorine and morphine on the day of the accident. Maseko said Maarohanye and Tshabalala were sent for tests because they both seemed confused at the accident scene.
"Maarohanye kept rubbing his nose with two fingers and in my experience that is normally done by people who sniff drugs. Tshabalala smelt of alcohol," Maseko said.
He said the two also seemed not to know what had happened.
"Maarohanye kept asking how many kids had died. He kept asking to go to the toilet to pray," he said.
"The accused will deny that he intended to kill the deceased. He will deny that he attempted to kill the victims," Ike Motloung, Maarohanye's lawyer said.
"He will deny that he drove recklessly and that he had taken any drugs. He will deny he was involved in any racing."
Penelope Shivambu, who investigated the accident scene, said her findings showed that the blue Mini Cooper driven by Tshabalala was the one that crashed into the four children. She said the charcoal Mini Cooper driven by Maarohanye was travelling on the wrong side of the road.
"Eyewitnesses I interviewed at the scene said the two cars were racing when they lost control, collided and went off the road," she said.
The trial continues tomorrow.