Police fire rubber bullets at Jub Jub protesters

2010-03-17 14:46

VIOLENCE broke out again this afternoon between police and an angry

mob of rioting pupils outside the Protea Magistrates’ Court.

This while kwatio star Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye and his friend

Themba Tshabalala were facing the law on four counts of murder after allegedly

dragracing in Soweto last week.

The police responded with rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse

the rioting mob. The crowd was returning from a gathering allegedly organised by

the Congress of South African Students at the nearby Mapetla Park.

The demonstrators began throwing stones at the police and tried to

force their way into the cordoned-off court. In the process they broke street

signs and vandalised a few cars.

One of the pupils, Lucky Sithole from Mapetla High School, told

City Press that he “just heard that we should go to the park and when we

returned the police started shooting at us”. When he was asked why they were

throwing stones at the police, he said they were “just playing”.

The riots followed a brief moment of calm after an earlier row

broke out this morning between community members and the police.

They were demonstrating against Jub Jub being granted bail and to

show support for the families of the four victims.

The hip-hop star and his friend were charged with murder after

crashing into a group of school children in Protea North in Soweto. Four pupils

were killed. The two drivers were allegedly intoxicated.

One of the pupils, 16-year-old Ouma Mophoso told City Press that

she “wanted Jub Jub to go to jail – but not alone because there were two

drivers” involved. Three of the children who died were from Soweto’s Jules High

School, and one of them studied at Altmont High School.

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