Jub Jub wanted to be home for Xmas

2014-10-12 15:00

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Hip-hop singer Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye is “disappointed” he won’t be free by Christmas, according to a family friend.

Maarohanye and his co-accused, Themba Tshabalala, had their murder convictions overturned at the South Gauteng High Court in Joburg on Wednesday, but they’re both still set to spend at least another two years in prison.

The family friend, who asked not to be named, told City Press he’d spoken to the musician after Wednesday’s ruling. Tshabalala and Maarohanye’s sentences were reduced to culpable homicide.

The two were arrested, jailed and convicted after a car race in March 2010 left four schoolchildren dead and two others with brain damage.

The family friend said: “It’s unfortunate that things didn’t go his [Maarohanye’s] way. But he is a strong man – he will survive.”

Jub Jub’s mother, Jackie Maarohanye – known by her nickname “Mama Jackie” – promised she’d talk to City Press about her son, then hung up and did not return later calls.

A woman who introduced herself as Tshabalala’s mother let City Press into the family home in Diepkloof, Soweto, but then refused to comment on the ruling.

“I’m sorry. I have no comment. If I knew you were from the press, I wouldn’t have allowed you in my house,” she said irritably, asking us to leave.

But Tshabalala’s uncle, Abby, said the family was happy with the ruling and feels it is fair. “But we still believe we owe the victims’ families an apology. We are hoping that one day we will make peace with them,” said Abby.

Asked whether there would be a family celebration now that Tshabalala’s jail term has been shortened, he said: “There’s nothing to celebrate. Lives were lost when the accident occurred.”

Meanwhile, his sentence might have been reduced, but Maarohanye’s legal bills are still sky-high. In June last year, it was reported that the rapper’s former lawyer, Ike Motloung, who represented him for two years, had sued Mama Jackie, Jub Jub’s father Sydney and two sisters, Katiso and Tiietso, because they still owed him R350?000, including interest.

Motloung told City Press on Friday he still hadn’t been paid. “Yes, I sued four people and now their defence is that I was instructed by Jub Jub to handle the case [and so he should pay].

“It isn’t true because I was appointed by his parents. Jub Jub had no money from the first day I was instructed to handle his case – he never paid me a cent.” The family friend told City Press Jub Jub’s legal bills total more than R2?million and that close friends and relatives are trying to settle the debt.

One of Mama Jackie’s friends, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said Jub Jub’s mother had already paid Motloung almost R1?million.

Motloung would not confirm or deny this figure, although he said a “substantial” amount had been paid into his account. Attempts to contact Maarohanye’s current lawyer, Rudi Krause, were unsuccessful.

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