Jub Jub lawyer blames death threats on media

2010-03-19 14:18

THE media was to blame for death threats against hip hop artist Jub

Jub and his co-accused, their lawyer has said.

“Until the media got involved, there was no violence,” Ike Motloung

told the court, referring to repeated threats by members of the public to hurt

the accused and their families.

Police had to again disperse protesters outside court with rubber

bullets this morning.

“The good media ... ran with this whole story for a whole week and

they knew there would be a bail application and they were talking about the

bail,” said Motloung.

“The worst thing they did: they fooled the people that this was

drag racing, and just to spice it up they reported that both accused were high

on alcohol and drugs.”

Motloung was delivering his closing argument in the bail hearing of

Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala, who face

charges of murder, attempted murder, reckless and drunken driving.

Several school children were arrested for public violence this week

after venting their anger against the two.

They were charged after an alleged drag racing accident on March 8

in which four pupils died and two others were critically injured.

The state made a weak case in arguing against bail, Motloung


“One of the most important considerations for bail is whether an

accused person, if granted bail, will evade trial or not.

“The likelihood that the accused person may interfere with

investigations or threaten or intimidate witnesses... this ground is not

seriously contended by the State,” he said.

State prosecutor Liezl van Jaarsveld, in her closing arguments,

warned the court that a bail release could create public disorder.

“The court must take into consideration the sentiments of the

community ... the outrage of the community may lead to public disorder if they

are released,” she submitted.

“The court should not be oblivious to the outcry of the community.”

The court heard earlier this week that traces of morphine and

cocaine were found in urine samples taken from both men after the accident.

Tshabalala was also twice over the legal alcohol limit.

Van Jaarsveld argued that the court should not grant bail for

several reasons.

She said Jub Jub had testified that he would go to an undisclosed

location if released on bail, but that the law required a fixed address for

those released on bail.

Also, it was clear from threats made by protesting schoolchildren

outside the court that the accused’s lives were in danger, said Van Jaarsveld.

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