Jub Jub case postponed

2010-03-10 13:47

The Protea Regional Court was this morning abuzz with protesters,

schoolchildren and police as hip-hop singer Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye and a

friend, Themba Tshabalala appeared in a packed courtroom.

Jub Jub, wearing a neckbrace, looked unperturbed by all the

attention while his friend had no visible injuries.

According to the charge sheet, the duo face four counts of murder,

two of attempted murder, reckless and negligent driving and driving under the

influence of alcohol.

Both were allegedly drag racing in Protea on Monday when the Mini

Coopers they were driving crashed into each other before ploughing into a group

of schoolchildren.

Four of the children died on the scene while two were taken to

hospital in a critical condition.

Prosecutor Lizelle van Jaarsveld asked for a postponement until

March 17 to enable the police to continue with their investigation and take

statements from other witnesses.

The lawyers representing Maarohanye and Tshabalala opposed the

state’s application and requested they be granted bail.

Regional Court Magistrate Brian Memavhadi said it was premature to

argue about bail granted the state’s application for a postponement.

A handful of ANC and Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) supporters

picketed outside court holding placards which read: “give them life sentence”

and “no bail”.

Security officers had to shut the court’s gate when throngs of

learners from four schools in Soweto arrived chanting “give us Jub Jub”.

Thabang Modise, a grade 11 learner from Almond Secondary School,

where some of the learners who died from the crash used to go said: “We heard

that he was going to apply for bail and we wanted to beat him if he got

bail.”

When Jub Jub and Tshabalala were escorted to the police armoured

vehicle the schoolchildren got hysterical. They pelted the vehicle with stones

and other projectiles.

A family member of one of the dead schoolchildren who refused to be

named, said she hoped the police would speedily complete their investigations

and ensure that justice is done.


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