Five school children arrested at Jub Jub trial

2010-03-18 11:32

Five schoolchildren were arrested for public violence in protests

outside the Protea Magistrate’s Court where hip-hop artist Jub Jub and his

friend appeared, police said on Thursday.

Inspector Kay Makhubele said the boys, aged between 15 and 18, were

arrested on Wednesday after they threw stones at police cars at the court in

Soweto, Johannesburg.

The pupils would be released into their parents’ custody on

Thursday, he said.

Makhubele said the police were ready for any more violence on the

second day of the bail application of Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye and Themba

Tshabalala.

“Even if they are armed, we will be more armed than them. Age

doesn’t matter. We will arrest them if they target the police,” he said.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala were allegedly racing their Mini Coopers

on Mdlalose Street, Soweto on Monday, March 8 when they crashed into a group of

schoolboys, killing four and critically injuring two.

Protests against the bail application turned violent on Wednesday

when the police fired rubber bullets at students who were brandishing sticks and

tree branches.

Congress of SA Students chairperson Kenneth Mbatha on Wednesday

threatened to attack police if they caused problems with students.

“If the police attack students, we will come ready armed with

bricks and stones and anything ... we are not afraid of them.

“We will be attending school here [at court]. Jub Jub and his

friend will suffer,” said Mbatha, who added that petrol bombs would be used if

need be.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala face four charges of murder, two of

attempted murder and one each of reckless and drunken driving.



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