Maarohanye and Tshabalala will appear before the magistrate Brian Nemavhidi during the continuing of the judgment in their murder trial. The two were allegedly drag-racing in Protea North, Soweto in March 2010 when they crashed into a group of schoolchildren. Four boys were killed and two were seriously injured.
Maarohanye and Tshabalala were charged with 10 counts each, including murder, attempted murder, reckless driving, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and failing to assess the injuries of the victims. On Wednesday, Nemavhidi postponed the matter. He told the packed courtroom: “It has been a long day. We will continue tomorrow”.
Tshabalala and Maarohanye both clad with their fashion black suits and sat in the dock listening as Nemavhidi read the summary of evidence. He spent the day recalling evidence from specialists, analysts, witnesses and police officers in the trial that started in 2010.
“Accused number one [Maarohanye] pleaded not guilty to the 10 charges against him,” Nemavhidi said.
He added: “Accused number two [Tshabalala] also pleaded not guilty to the 10 charges against him.”
The tears were visible in the faces of family members of the victims when Nemavhidi recalled evidence from the crash and the causes of death.
More benches were carried in to make space for everyone.