‘Jub Jub bail could create public disorder’

2010-03-19 11:35

THE state has warned the Protea Magistrate’s Court that a bail

release for hip hop artist Jub Jub and his co-accused on murder charges could

create public disorder.

“The court must take into consideration the sentiments of the

community,” said prosecutor Liezl van Jaarsveld.

“The court should not be oblivious to the outcry of the community,”

she told the Soweto court, as Molemo Jub Jub, real name Maarohanye, and his

co-accused Themba Tshabalala listened intently.

Van Jaarsveld criticised Jub Jub who testified yesterday that he

would plead not guilty and denied that he was under the influence of any

substances in the accident that led to the murder charges.

“The accused wants the court to be oblivious to the facts

surrounding his release,” said Van Jaarsveld.

“The evidence speaks for itself.”

Van Jaarsveld, who was delivering her closing arguments in the bail

application hearing, said the court could not grant bail for several

reasons.

She said Jub Jub testified that he would go to an undisclosed

location if released on bail, but that the law required a fixed address for

those released on bail.

Also, it was clear from threats made by protesting schoolchildren

outside the court that the accused’s lives were in danger, said Van

Jaarsveld.

It would undermine the public’s faith in the criminal justice

system if the pair were to be released on bail, she explained.

The court briefly adjourned around 10am for defence lawyer Ike

Motloung to study a previous judgment in a similar case.

The two are facing charges of murder, attempted murder and reckless

and drunken driving after an alleged drag racing accident on March 8 that killed

four pupils and critically injured two others.



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