Does Jub Jub’s charity exist?

2010-01-30 00:00

M-NET is investigating rumours that hip-hop star Jub Jub, one of the participants in the Survivor SA: Santa Carolina Celebrity Challenge, is representing a charity organisation that doesn’t exist.

Each of the celebrities participating in the series had to nominate a charity, which will win R500 000 if that participant wins. The winning participant will also get R500 000.

A nominated organisation will receive money even if a participant is voted off or decides to leave, as in the case of Jub Jub and model Christina Storm. The amount is determined according to how many days participants stay in the game.

Jub Jub chose to represent the Ithuteng Trust, a school managed by his mother, Jaqueline Maarohanye, also known as Mama Jackey.

Mama Jackey is regarded as a controversial figure. Her school in Klipspruit, Soweto was closed down last year after it became known that she used the pupils and the school to get money from well-known donors such as Oprah Winfrey and former U.S. president Bill Clinton.

In 2007, she was found guilty of abducting a learner.

M-Net advertising manager Lani Lombard said on Wednesday that the channel is investigating the matter. If the Ithuteng Trust is found not to exist, Jub Jub will have to choose another charity.

According to Lombard, M-Net was not prescriptive about the choice of charities, as the channel wanted the celebrities to select something close to their hearts. “We wanted them to choose organisations they would fight hard to win the prize money for.

“During the filming of Survivor we had to keep the identities of the participants a secret, and the charities heard only later that the participants had selected them. Although the names were mentioned once in the programme, as part of the publicity, we can still ask the participants at any stage to change their charity.”

Lombard said the channel’s investigation into the authenticity of the charities involves discussions with the participants and the submission of documentation so that M-Net can determine if the organisations comply with its rules for donations.

Referring to Jub Jub, Lombard said: “We don’t believe he was trying to deceive anyone. It’s also important to him that the donation go to needy people and we will work together to ensure that this happens.”

M-Net does not wish to disclose how much money charities will receive.“That will be revealed at the end of the series, as we want to keep it as a surprise for the participants,” said Lombard.

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