Khaya Dlanga

You are all Jub Jubs

2010-03-16 08:05

Hey, you, reading this column. Yes, you. You are a Jub Jub. Unless of course you can't drive, in that case you are not and I apologise for calling you Jub Jub and I take it back, but only tomorrow.

Some of you think that being a Jub Jub means you must drive a Mini, race and have a mother of questionable character who supposedly stole from Oprah. A whole Oprah. Yes, a whole Oprah. The same Oprah who tells strangers to look under their chairs and gives them freebees.

In fact I suggest you stop looking at your computer screen and look under your chair you might find something of worth. Maybe not. (Actually I was just tricking you, wanted you to get some much needed exercise.)

Where were we? Oh yes, Jub Jub. I still cannot believe the number of people who are completely outraged by the events of last week. Not that we don't have the right to be outraged, the only reason I'm saying this is because so many people in South Africa are as reckless and as dangerous as Jub Jub. Actually he is less dangerous than many of you now because he is behind bars. The only difference between you and Jub Jub is that so far you have been fortunate enough not to have caused an accident that led to the death of people. And chances are you are not a celebrity (although I don't think we have celebrities in South Africa, just famous people).

I know you will say I am not him! And your excuse will be, I don't drink but I do drive faster than I should, there's nothing wrong with that. Or, I drink but I drive carefully. People can justify anything when it comes to them. Well let me tell you something that should get you a little concerned: if found guilty, Jub Jub and buddy might get life because the state will charged them with murder. Four counts of murder and two of attempted murder and other charges.

Taxi driver Percyval Matji was sentenced to 12 years in prison (which could have been 20) after he knocked a schoolgirl off her scooter and killed her. The charge was murder, he would have been charged with culpable homicide before culpable homicide is based on negligence. Murder on the other hand requires intent.

According to my lawyer cousin there are three types of intent - direct intent, indirect intent, and intent where the accused could have foreseen the possibility that someone could get killed, but continued with the act anyway.

What does this mean? It means that if you drive drunk and kill someone in the process you might be charged with murder. It also means that if you drive above the speed limit and kill someone you might be charged with murder. Why do I say this? Murder is defined as the intentional killing of a person when the killer knows of the possibility the act is unlawful. You don't have to be drunk and drag racing a Mini for you to be a Jub Jub, that's what that means.

The very same people who wanted to stone Jub Jub and his friend after they smashed into and killed those four children were probably the same ones who were cheering while they raced on the street. As the old saying goes, it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt. This time though four families are hurting. There is no band-aid for the kind of pain they're feeling. My condolences go to the grieving families.

Let us not forget the case of the Mini. The car seems to have gained a bit of a thuggish reputation of late. In the 90s township tsotsi drove BMWs called iGusheshe. They'd spin them in the dust. The Mini seems to have gained the same reputation. The Mini is the new Gusheshe. But then again, it's made by BMW; they needed something to carry on the legacy perhaps.

If you are going to comment here be honest about your driving. If you drive drunk or drive over the speed limit, you are a Jub Jub. A vast majority of people who drive, drive drunk. South Africans, I know you're a stubborn bunch but please, please don't drink and drive. It's not worth it. Let me rephrase that: don't drink and drive a Mini. Ok, seriously don't drink and drive. Don't speed. Don't kill.

I will conclude by saying that Jub Jub has done more for the Arrive Alive than any advertising campaign.

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