Jub Jub bail hearing enters second day

2010-03-18 12:01

POLICE and journalists were slowly arriving at the Protea

Magistrate’s Court in Protea North, Soweto, this morning ahead of the second day

of hip-hop artist Jub Jub and his friend’s bail hearing.

The gates to the court were again locked and only the police and

media vehicles were allowed to enter the premises.

Two more witnesses were expected to take to the stand to testify in

the bail application of Molemo Maarohanye, aka Jub Jub, and Themba

Tshabalala.

Scores of police officers were on standby to keep the peace outside

the court premises. Yesterday, hundreds of schoolchildren – brandishing sticks,

tree branches and the ANC flags – protested outside the building, vowing to

“destroy” the two if they were granted bail. The crowd promised to the return

armed today.

“Tomorrow (Thursday) if the police attack students, we will come

ready, armed with bricks and stones and anything ... we are not afraid of them,”

Congress of South African Students’ Kenneth Mbatha said.

“We will be attending school here. Jub Jub and his friend will

suffer. It doesn’t matter if his mother is a businesswoman, he will not get

special treatment,” Mbatha said to loud cheers.

Investigating officer Inspector Mpho Matshidiso, community policing

forum chairperson Mandla Gasa and his deputy Monti Mbatha gave testimony

yesterday.

The court heard that the two tested positive for morphine and

cocaine when their urine samples were taken.

Tshabalala also had alcohol in his blood. A breathalyser showed his

alcohol levels were 0.4?milligrams of alcohol per 1?000?millilitres of breath.

The legal limit is 0.24 milligrams.

The pair were allegedly racing their Mini Coopers on Mdlalose

Street in Protea Glen last week on Monday, when they crashed into a group of

schoolboys, killing four and critically injuring two.

The bail hearing was expected to be wrapped up by this afternoon.


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