Jub Jub: Public locked out

2010-03-17 09:21

Johannesburg - Police closed the gates to the Protea Magistrate's Court on Wednesday morning ahead of hip hop artist Jub Jub's appearance, angering members of the public who had been locked out.

"This is just not fair. Jub Jub must go to hell," said Yvonne Diamond, who was locked out of the court premises despite having to attend a court case on Wednesday.

"We are sick and tired of Jub Jub. Why didn't they take him to another higher court because this court is for the local people. If they had a special case, they should have told us. We spent our money on transport to get here only to be told we must go home."

The police said the gates were locked just before 08:30 for security reasons.

Murder charges

Jub Jub, whose real name is Molemo Maarohanye, and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala were due to appear on four murder charges after allegedly killing four school pupils during a drag racing accident earlier this month.

The pair arrived in a police van earlier ahead of their bail application.

Prisoners with them inside the van shouted, "Ayeye, Jub Jub, ayeye ['watch out' in isiZulu]", and banged on the insides of the vehicle.

As the rainy conditions started clearing, several community members gathered at the court house with police officials keeping a close watch.

"Thousands of learners will be coming here today but as police we are prepared and ready for anything that might happen," Inspector Kay Makhubele told Sapa.

Police monitoring scene

"The last time they appeared there was a lot of violence and we managed to control them but this time we don't expect any violence, but in case there is, we want them to know, we are ready."

He said more than 50 police officers, some with police dogs, were monitoring the scene.

A water cannon had been set up.

Last week, protesting high school pupils pelted stones at the police van transporting the accused.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala face murder charges after four school pupils were killed and two critically injured when the two were allegedly racing their Mini Coopers in Soweto, Johannesburg last week.

They face four charges of murder, two of attempted murder and one each of reckless driving and drunken driving.