Jub Jub’s charm offensive

2012-11-10 17:00

He’s doing ‘self-reflection’ and plans to start a trust fund for the dead children’s families

Molemo Maarohanye, aka “Jub Jub”, has come up with a plan to ease his conscience and repair his shattered image.

The hip-hop singer, who was, together with his friend Themba Tshabalala, convicted of murder and attempted murder a month ago in the Protea Magistrates’ Court, has appointed a spokesperson and compiled a “to-do” list that includes publicly apologising for his crimes and teaming up with Arrive Alive as the campaign’s public face.

Maarohanye spends his days in a solitary cell at the notorious Johannesburg Prison, known as Sun City.

His new spokesperson, Cino Shearer, told City Press this week that his client compiled a six-item list.

He intends to:
» Publicly apologise to the nation and to the victims’ families, two years after ploughing into a group of schoolchildren in Soweto, killing four and leaving two critically injured;

» Establish a trust fund for the dead children’s families;

» Arrange medical benefits for the two children he left permanently brain damaged;

» Team up with Arrive Alive SA to become its ambassador or spokesperson so he can warn young people about the dangers of drinking and driving and drug abuse;

» Organise a benefit concert, the proceeds of which would go to victims’ families; and

» Erect tombstones for the children he killed.

Shearer said: “Mentally, he has a lot to deal with. He’s doing self-reflection. He also has been keeping a journal, where he writes about warning the youth about drugs, alcohol and reckless behaviour.”

Jub Jub is finding it hard to adapt to life in prison, Shearer added.

He has been denied access to his two-year-old son from estranged girlfriend Kelly Khumalo, and Shearer said this had brought home for him “what the parents of the victims are going through”.

But there’s a snag in his plans: he was denied bail for a second time in the South Gauteng High Court this week.

But Shearer said his client would press ahead, although the benefit concert would probably have to drop off the “to-do” list for now.

Shearer said: “Maarohanye will press ahead with his plans by appointing a business manager to oversee his plans.”

His victims’ families have refused to comment at this stage, saying they will voice their opinions once the hip-hop singer and Tshabalala have been sentenced.

Sentencing has been set for November 30, and December 5 has also been set aside in the event of sentencing running overtime.

City Press this week called the Gauteng correctional services department to find out whether Maarohanye was getting preferential treatment after it emerged he was in a solitary cell and was not wearing prison uniform.

The department’s spokesperson, Ofentse Morwane, said: “It’s a question of his security. It’s not that he is a celebrity or given preferential treatment.

“If a person is involved in a high-profile case, you have to look at the risk of putting them in a communal cell.”

And no, suspended Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela’s indelicate tweet has nothing to do with the hip-hop singer’s solitary accommodation, Morwane insisted.

Polela was suspended this week by his employer after tweeting a sick joke – “I trust that Jub Jub’s supporters gave him a jar of Vaseline to take to prison” in the wake of Maarohanye’s conviction.

Morwane said: “We want to distance ourselves from his (Polela’s) comment. It was an irresponsible comment that he made.”

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