I made a huge mistake – Jub Jub co-accused

2010-03-21 10:00

JUB JUB’s co-accused, Themba Tshabalala, broke his silence and told

City Press in an exclusive interview yesterday that he wishes he could turn back

the hands of time.

Tshabalala, who is out on R10 000 bail, said: “I’m just sad at how

I can’t even go to families of the kids and apologise because of how the media

have blown this out of proportion. I just would like to say that I am very sorry

and that they should take me like one of their children. Kids make mistakes and

I did a huge mistake.”

He added: “I am scared for my life and I am also scared for my

family because we got a lot of threats.

“I am now in hiding at a place where I can gather my

thoughts.”

In court he is “Accused Number Two”, with Molemo “Jub Jub”

Maarohanye being “Number One”. Each faces four counts of murder, two of

attempted murder and one of reckless and negligent driving and of driving under

the influence.

This comes after he and Maaro-hanye ploughed two Mini Coopers ­into

a group of schoolboys in an ­alleged drag-racing crash on the two-way Mdlalose

Street in Protea Glen, Soweto, leaving four schoolboys dead and two critically

injured.

Tshabalala said yesterday: “My family is in shock, and as a

breadwinner I know that I need to be ­responsible. I’m not the type of person

who is into drugs and alcohol.”

The 25-year-old might have been overshadowed by the more famous Jub

Jub, but he is certainly not a ­nobody in his community at Diep-kloof

Extension.

“Accused Number Two manages his parents’ bottle store and still

lives at home. Since this incident his parents have had to shut down the

business because they reported getting threats that some community members

wanted to burn down the business,” said ­investigating officer Inspector Victor

Matshidiso.

Tshabalala also carries the reputation of being quite a party boy.

A source close to his former girlfriend, actress Noluthando Maleka, who is

expecting his child, said: “We all know that Themba is rich. We often wonder

what new car he is going to come in, because he tends to change cars

often.”

Tshabalala was driving Maleka’s blue Mini Cooper. He was reported

to have been two times over the legal alcohol limit and also tested positive for

cocaine and morphine.

Jub Jub, who surprisingly took the stand this week, blamed

Tshabalala for being negligent. “We met at my father’s butchery but decided to

go somewhere else. Themba, who I knew through my friend Mpumelelo Vezi, decided

to follow us. Themba was the one driving on the wrong side of the road,” said

Jub Jub.

Tshabalala did not take the stand at the Protea Magistrate’s Court

on Thursday due to “high emotions”, according to his lawyer, Mlungiseleni

Sovati.

On Friday the two were granted bail of R10 000 each, throwing the

township into chaos as learners engaged in running battles with ­police,

demanding that the accused be denied bail. Maarohanye could not be reached for

comment yesterday but is believed to be in hiding.


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