'Jub Jub and co-accused were on the wrong side'

Both Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala were speeding on the wrong side of the road when they struck a group of children, the Protea Magistrate’s Court heard on Wednesday.

Accident reconstruction expert Renier Balt told the court the two Mini Coopers driven by Maarohanye and Tshabalala were driving towards oncoming traffic.

They swerved to the left to avoid crashing. In doing so, they struck and killed four boys and injured two.

It was previously thought that only one of the cars was on the wrong side of the road.

In cross-examination, Maarohanye’s lawyer Ike Motloung said Balt’s conclusions were biased because he had opted not to interview two passengers in the Minis.

He had also been influenced by media reports and other witnesses’ statements.

Balt responded: “Physical evidence was enough to form an opinion.”

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

They were allegedly drag racing when one of their cars ploughed into a group of children on Mdlalose Road in Protea North, Soweto, on March 8 2010, killing four boys and injuring two.

The trial is ongoing.—Sapa

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