Daily Dispatch

Jub Jub co-accused admits to knocking down pupils


MUSICIAN Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye’s co-accused, Themba Tshabalala, would admit to hitting a group of pupils, the Protea Magistrate's Court heard yesterday.

Tshabalala was giving evidence led by defence lawyer Mlungisele­li Soviti.

“Would you admit to killing the kids if people said you did?” Soviti asked.

“Yes,” an emotional Tshabalala replied.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala face charges of murder, attempted murder and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

The two were allegedly racing their Mini Coopers when they crashed into a group of pupils along Mdlalose Street in Protea North on March 8, 2010. Four children were killed and two others seriously injured.

Earlier, Tshabalala described the events that led up to the accident, saying he met Maarohanye in Protea and they were driving to the same place in Protea north after lunch.

“After overtaking Molemo’s car we drove for a few seconds and that’s when the accident happened,” Tshabalala said.

“I had a knock on the right back of the car, the driver’s side at the back …



court My car lost control, started spinning and it capsized.”

Soviti asked if there were children walking on the side of the road or on the road when the accident happened and Tshabalala said “yes”.

“Did you see your car hit the kids?” Soviti asked. “No, I didn’t,” Tshabalala replied.

“Do you deny your car hit some of the kids?” Soviti.

“No, I can’t deny it,” replied a close to tears Tshabalala.

Tshabalala said he had no intention of hitting the children or being negligent on the day.

Soviti asked him if evidence given by Maarohanye and previous witnesses, saying he caused the accident, was true.

“It’s not true. I am certain it’s not true [that my car hit Maarohanye’s car],” Tshabalala told the court.

Soviti asked Tshabalala what speed he was driving and to describe his state of sobriety.

“I was driving at 60km/h . . . I was not drunk or tipsy,” he replied.

Earlier, Tshabalala admitted to having a glass of whisky mixed with water during lunch, but said he didn’t use drugs.


the collision at the back caused him to lose control of the car.

The court heard Tshabalala was sent for regular drug testing after his family heard reports he was using drugs.

On May 7, eyewitness Mphumelelo Vezi, a passenger in Tshabalala’s car, told the court the left rear of Tshabalala’s blue Mini Cooper had hit the right rear of Maarohanye's grey Mini Cooper.

“I did not see it, but I felt it and I heard it. The bang was loud but not very loud.

“I was sitting at the left rear of the blue car, where the bang was,” he said at the time.

Last Monday, magistrate Brian Nemavhidi provisiona­lly closed the case against Maarohanye while the testimony of an expert witness in his defence is being awaited.

Maarohanye’s defence will call an IT expert to challenge the authentici­ty of cellphone video footage presented by the state earlier in the trial.

Jub Jub sat in the dock listening to Tshabalala give testimony.

Family members of the school children listened intently as court proceeding­s continued. — Sapa

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