Jub Jub said he was ‘not afraid of any­one’ af­ter crash

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MU­SI­CIAN Molemo “Jub Jub” Maaro­hanye told an an­gry crowd he was “not afraid of any­one” shortly af­ter the car ac­ci­dent that claimed the lives of four pupils and in­jured two oth­ers, the Protea Mag­is­trate’s Court heard yes­ter­day.

Maaro­hanye and his coac­cused, Themba Tsha­bal­ala, were al­legedly drag rac­ing in their Mini Coop­ers when the cars col­lided, spun out of con­trol and crashed into the boys, who had been walk­ing from school.

“Two were ly­ing in a ‘ T’ shape, an­other was hav­ing seizures and an­other lay with his eyes opened wide, his face cov­ered with soil,” Selina Dasheka, the state’s fourth wit­ness, told the court.

She said the gospel hip hop singer did not spare a mo­ment to look at the pupils’ con­di­tion and left the scene. “A group of peo­ple fetched him and told him to wait for the po­lice and face what he had done,” Dasheka said.

The ac­ci­dent claimed the lives of Andile Mtombeni, 19, Phome­lelo Masemelo, 16, and Mlungisi Cwayi and Prince Mahube, both 17.

Fu­mani Mushanana, 17, and Frank Mlabo, 18, suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries, in­clud­ing brain da­m­age.

Maaro­hanye and Tsha­bal­ala were forced out of an am­bu­lance to make way for the se­ri­ously in­jured pupils shortly af­ter the crash, the court heard.

“They could walk on their own and the chil­dren were ly­ing on the floor,” Dasheka said.

She said she was part of a group of an­gry res­i­dents who re­moved the two men from the am­bu­lance and al­lowed the in­jured chil­dren to be taken to hospi­tal.

How­ever, dur­ing cros­sex­am­i­na­tion Maaro­hanye’s lawyer Ike Mot­loung ac­cused Dasheka, who is an in­ter­preter in the po­lice sta­tion where the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer works, of “cook­ing up sto­ries”.

“I put it to you that the good Cap­tain Se­gape, in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer, did not have any wit­nesses – he just found you in the of­fice next door,” he said.

He added that Maaro­hanye would deny say­ing he was not afraid of any­one. He would also deny that his car had been in the wrong lane and that it crashed into Tsha­bal­ala’s blue Mini Cooper when he saw an oncoming minibus taxi.

Us­ing a photo pub­lished in the Star news­pa­per just days af­ter the ac­ci­dent which de­picts Maaro­hanye’s char­coal Mini Cooper in the left lane, Mot­loung told Dasheka that his client had been driv­ing in the cor­rect lane. “When I saw the two cars, the grey one was driv­ing in the right-hand lane, try­ing to over­take the blue one,” Dasheka said.

She said when a white minibus taxi ap­proached the two cars, Maaro­hanye’s car then swerved to­wards Tsha­bal­ala’s car. The blue Mini mounted the pave­ment be­fore over­turn­ing. Dasheka had been walk­ing on the road.

She said she saw Mlungisi Cwayi among them. “He grew up in front of me, but I hardly recog­nised him as I was cry­ing. Mlungisi’s mother (her neigh­bour) came to my house and asked me what the chil­dren who were killed were wear­ing.”

Dasheka said the mother started cry­ing when she told her that the chil­dren were wear­ing red school jer­seys.

Maaro­hanye and Tsha­bal­ala face 10 charges in­clud­ing mur­der and driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs. Both have pleaded not guilty to all charges. Their trial started on Mon­day when three metro po­lice of­fi­cers tes­ti­fied that the two had tested pos­i­tive for co­caine and mor­phine. Tsha­bal­ala was also found to be over the al­co­hol limit.

Their trial re­sumes on Fe­bru­ary 8. – Sapa

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