Jub Jub stays in jail

2013-09-13 17:38

Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye has claimed that he is suffering from tuberculosis and is being denied treatment in jail.

But the claim was rubbished in the Protea Magistrate’s Court today as bail was denied to Maarohanye and the man with whom he was convicted of murder, Temba Tshabalala.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala wanted to be released on bail pending the outcome of their appeal at the Supreme Court of Appeal next year.

The pair was sentenced to 25 years in jail each for mowing down four schoolchildren and injuring two while racing each other in their Mini Coopers in Soweto in 2010.

Maarohanye’s lawyer Rudi Krause told the court his client, who has visibly gained weight, had suffered from TB and was not receiving treatment in prison.

Krause also argued that the court erred when it convicted Maarohanye of murder and insisted there was a strong possibility that another court would arrive at a different decision.

But Krause’s statement was torn apart by correctional services officials who were called to testify by prosecutor Raymond Mathenjwa, and argued that the musician was fit as a fiddle.

Investigating officer Freddy Maluleka also asked the court not to grant Maarohanye bail, saying the musician had attempted to skip the country to Botswana and Swaziland during his trial.

“He is a flight risk,” Maluleka said.

But he could not prove this claim when Krause asked him to do so.

Maluleka also insisted that the victims’ parents would be offended if the pair was granted bail.

Tshabalala’s lawyer Mlungiseleli Soviti told the court his client was not a flight risk and that his business – he owns a bottle store – was suffering because he was in prison.

But Magistrate Brian Nomavhiti dismissed the application, saying the two might abscond because the court had already imposed a sentence on them.

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