Jub Jub protesters turn violent at court

2010-03-17 10:01

ANGRY protesters banged on police vans and tried to force their way into the Protea Magistrate’s Court, Soweto, this morning, where hip hop artist Jub Jub was set to appear on murder charges.

Police officials on the scene loaded their guns with rubber bullets and prepared a water cannon as crowds became aggressive and pushed against the gates of the court house.

A police van was hastily parked in front of the gate on the inside of the court premises to prevent the gate from collapsing.

The area was cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape and a human barricade was formed by members of the community policing forum.

The gates were locked just before 8.30am for security reasons ahead of the bail application by Jub Jub, whose real name is Molemo Maarohanye, and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala.

“Thula, Mama (Don’t cry, Mama),” protesters sang to family members of the boys.

Many of the protesters were high school children wearing school uniforms, while other children, who seemed primary school age, were carrying sticks.

“No bail for Jub Jub, end of story,” read one placard.

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 down Mdlalose Street in Soweto, Johannesburg last week.

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

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