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