Jub Jub and friend arrive at court heavily guarded

2010-03-18 11:46

HIP-HOP artist Molemo Maarohanye, aka Jub Jub, and his friend,

Themba Tshabalala, arrived in a nyala at the Protea Magistrate’s Court in Soweto

on Thursday to face four murder charges.

The pair arrived in a convoy of police cars and nyalas with blaring

sirens just before 8am.

Few people had already gathered outside the court by that time,

ahead of the second day of their bail hearing.

The gates to the court were again closed and only police and media

vehicles were allowed to enter the premises.

Scores of police officers were on standby to keep the peace outside

the court after five schoolchildren were arrested for public violence on


Brandishing sticks, tree branches and ANC flags, pupils protested

outside the building, vowing to “destroy” the two if they were granted


The crowd promised to the return armed today.

“If the police attack students, we will come ready, armed with

bricks and stones and anything ... we are not afraid of them,” Congress of South

African Students’ chairperson Kenneth Mbatha said.

“We will be attending school here. Jub Jub and his friend will

suffer. It doesn’t matter if his mother is a businesswoman, he will not get

special treatment.”

Investigating officer Inspector Mpho Matshidiso, community policing

forum chairperson Mandla Gasa and his deputy Monti Mbatha gave testimony


The court heard that the pair tested positive for morphine and

cocaine when their urine samples were taken.

Tshabalala also had alcohol in his blood. A breathalyser showed his

alcohol levels were 0.4?milligrams of alcohol per 1?000 millilitres of breath.

The legal limit is 0.24 milligrams.

The pair were allegedly racing their Mini Coopers on Mdlalose

Street in Protea Glen, Soweto, last week on Monday, when they crashed into a

group of schoolboys, killing four and critically injuring two.

They face four charges of murder, two of attempted murder and one

each of reckless and drunken driving.

The bail hearing was expected to be wrapped up by this afternoon.

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