Verdict in 'Jub Jub' trial expected

Musician Molemo 'Jub Jub' Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala at the Protea Magistrate's Court on 10 October 2012. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - A verdict is expected on Tuesday, in the murder trial of Molemo ‘Jub Jub’ Maarohanye and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala.

The two are facing several charges, including murder and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, after they crashed their cars in March 2010, while allegedly drag racing in Soweto.

Four schoolchildren were killed and two others seriously hurt in the incident.

Judgment began last week Wednesday, with Magistrate Brian Nemavhidi summarising the testimonies of all 32 witnesses.

The Protea Magistrate’s Court recalled evidence brought against the accused, indicating that they both tested positive for cocaine and morphine after the crash on Mdlalose Street.

A postmortem revealed that the schoolchildren died of head and multiple body injuries, while one of them died of a broken neck.

Tuesday’s verdict may signal an end to the lengthy trial.