Jub Jub ruling 'sets precedent'

2012-10-16 22:29
Jub Jub (Picture: Sapa)

Jub Jub (Picture: Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Video

Jub Jub guilty of murder

2012-10-16 16:03

Watch scenes from inside the Protea Magistrate's Court in Soweto where Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and his co-accused were found guilty. WATCH

kalahari.com

  • The Rare Breed
    The debut solo album of former teen-TV- star and Selimathunzi presenter Jub Jub Now R49.00
    buy now
Johannesburg - The National Prosecuting Authority said on Tuesday that the the murder conviction of musician Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala will set a precedent, with drag racing becoming a serious problem.

"We are excited with the conviction, it proves that case law in South Africa is growing. We were well prepared, we came here confident... Drag racing is becoming a serious problem in our country, therefore this case serves as a deterrent to all other drivers," NPA spokesperson Phindi Louw said.

Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala will spend Tuesday night behind bars after they were denied bail.

As Magistrate Brian Nemavhidi denied bail to the pair, members of their families burst into tears, while the relatives of their victims cheered and clapped in the public gallery of the Protea Magistrate's Court.

"Both the accused had ample time to get their houses in order... [Urgent bail] application denied. Postponed to 30 November for sentencing," Nemavhidi said.

He found Maarohanye and Tshabalala guilty on four counts of murder, two of attempted murder, using drugs, racing on a public road, and driving under the influence of drugs.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala were drag-racing in Protea North on 8 March 2010 when they crashed into a group of school boys.

Prince Mohube, Mlungisi Cwayi, Andile Mthombeni, and Phomello Masemola, were killed. Frank Mlambo and Fumani Mushwana were left permanently brain damaged.

Maarohanye hugged his family, took off his diamond-studded earrings, tan leather jacket and belt before getting into a police van. Sirens were switched on and the police motorcade departed.

Outside the court, Investigating officer Mpho Matshidiso, who testified for the State during the bail application, had one word to say about the decision.

"Ecstatic," he said, beaming, to reporters, while giving a thumbs-up.

Avoided eye contact

Relatives of the boys expressed relief at the judgment.

Mohube's uncle, Richard Ndlovu, said he and his family were very pleased.

"We are very happy that bail was denied. Now that they are in custody, we can move on with our lives," Ndlovu said.

He said their bigger concern at the moment was Mohube's mother, who collapsed in court when the judge announced the guilty verdict in the morning.

She was rushed to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital where she was being kept under observation.

"Her blood pressure was extremely high and the doctors were worried she might have a stroke," Ndlovu said.

"They have stabilised her and kept her in hospital for the time being."

The family would be back in court on 30 November for sentencing.

Throughout the judgment and their application for bail, the two accused did not make eye contact or acknowledge each other in any way.

Tshabalala, dressed in a dark suit with a red tie, sat motionless with his head held high while Maarohanye, in jeans and leather jacket, fidgeted in his seat.

During the urgent bail application both Tshabalala and Maarohanye expressed remorse.

State prosecutor Raymond Mathenjwa argued that both wanted bail for personal reasons that were not of an "exceptional nature", and that neither had taken the feelings of the grieving families into account.

Ahead of the judgment extra chairs and benches were brought into the packed court room. Every available space, standing and sitting, was occupied.

Court officials frequently asked for silence as the crowd groaned during the defence’s bail application for bail.

- SAPA
Read more on:    jub jub  |  themba tshabalala  |  soweto  |  johannesburg  |  jub jub case
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
81 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Be open, network and share your intentions and ideas as these may be the vital seeds to the imminent change that can be starting...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.