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Jub Jub, Tshabalala await final verdict

By Katlego Moeng | Jul 19, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 51 ]

WITH both the state and their defence teams having now concluded their arguments, hip-hop artist Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala can now only wait anxiously for their fate.

The two are on trial in the Protea Magistrate's Court on four counts of murder, two of attempted murder, reckless or negligent driving and driving under the influence of drugs.

They were allegedly drag racing in Protea, Soweto, in Mini Coopers while drunk and high when their cars collided, killing four schoolchildren and critically injuring two others. They face an additional charge of failing to check the extent of the injuries of the victims.

Yesterday Tshabalala's attorney, Mlungiseleli Soviti, argued that the integrity of urine samples that showed the two had traces alcohol, cocaine and morphine in their systems were compromised because the accountability chain of how they were handled, stored and recorded had been broken.

The samples were taken from the men at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital on the evening of the crash.

Soviti said the expert testified that the samples were not properly sealed and were therefore not tamper proof.

"This clearly means that whoever wants to play around or contaminate them was at free will. The manner in which these exhibits were handled leaves much to be desired. The court should simply reject the evidence."

Soviti also said there was no evidence to prove the two accused were drag racing. He said the only suggestion was testimony from two girls who said they saw Maarohanye waving to Tshabalala as he drove past him.

Sovithi also argued that the court had failed to prove that his client was guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

Sovithi said his client had shown remorse for the incident and had wanted to apologise to the families involved. Tshabalala had not done so as he feared the act would affect the trial.

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Why is this taking so long???
Traffic offences should be done and dusted in 1 month max!

They will only get a little fine I predict!

Jul 20, 2012 12:10 | 0 replies

Please send them to jail for good they have irritated us to the last degree.I for one am sick and tired of this kind of ppl who thinks they can get away with murder who the hell is this jubjub guy anyways

Jul 19, 2012 12:15 | 0 replies

Wait a minute, is that Jub Jub on this photo or his father or umkhulu wakhe, mara why this guy aguge so? Is it Stress........? Drugs..........? Boooze...........? This guy doesnt look like a celebrity anymore, he doesnt have a swegah no more, he doesnt look american no more. Eish these shelebs dont respect life and people. By the way speaking of celebs n shelebs, here in umzansi we only got one celebrity and that is uNelson Mandela, a person who is celebrated in all corners of the universe.

Jul 19, 2012 11:58 | 0 replies

These guys will walk come October

Jul 19, 2012 11:22 | 0 replies

The public "jury" has spoken.

Jul 19, 2012 11:17 | 0 replies

We might just be surprised by the verdict by in my eyes they are both guilty

Jul 19, 2012 11:2 | 0 replies

when is the verdict.........sowetan give us the date

Jul 19, 2012 10:55 | 0 replies

THEMBA Tshabalala tried to apologise to the families of the schoolchildren killed when his blue Mini Cooper allegedly ploughed into them, but the State had refused him permission, saying he could do so only after the trial.

The above extract comes from IOL news. I don't know whether he apologized and if not, why he didn't.

Tshabalala is likely to be sentenced to about seven year imprisonment and JJ around 15 years because the case is not being heard at the high court.

Jul 19, 2012 10:47 | 0 replies

THEMBA Tshabalala tried to apologise to the families of the schoolchildren killed when his blue Mini Cooper allegedly ploughed into them, but the State had refused him permission, saying he could do so only after the trial.

The above extract comes from IOL news. I don't know whether he apologized and if not, why he didn't.

Jul 19, 2012 10:46 | 0 replies

the state should give them a lighter sentence say 15 yrs mybe

Jul 19, 2012 10:10 | 0 replies

So tired of these thugs.. Guilty as Charged, Rot in jail!

Jul 19, 2012 10:6 | 0 replies