Political parties, celebrities “take over” memorial service

2010-03-11 15:31

What started out as an emotional memorial service for the four teens that died in Jub Jub’s accident on Monday, turned into just another platform for political parties to sell their wares.

This is according to some students from Jules High School, which three of the victims attended.

The memorial service was held at the packed Protea South Hall in Soweto in honour of the learners that were killed when Hip Hop star Jub Jub (real name Molemo Maarohanye) and a friend (Themba Tshabalala) were drag racing on a busy public road.

The two Mini Coopers driven by Maarohanye and Tshabalala ploughed into home-bound schoolchildren. 

The African National Congress Youth League, the Inkatha Freedom Party Youth Brigade, and the Congress of South African Students were among the political organisations that had a word to say at the memorial service.

The ANCYL representative even asked the school children to join the party.

“We’re not even old enough to vote!” protested Samantha Mabaso, 17, from Jules High School.

The fact that some of the celebrities present such as Sibusiso Leope (DJ Sbu), Mzwakhe Mbuli (who recited a poem), and Kwaito artist Doc Shebeleza took to the stage, did not impress several learners.

Mabaso said that she was very angry and that “the memorial service was not about the political parties and celebrities”, referring to the fact that DJ Sbu was introduced to the audience as a “surprise”.

Akani Ngobeni, 18, shared Mabaso’s sentiments and said that “although we appreciate their support, they must understand that we are hurting because we’ve lost friends and people we care about”.

“They can come but they shouldn’t speak, otherwise it’s just a political stunt, especially DJ Sbu, especially because he was caught speeding himself,” added Ian Mangenga, 16.
Maarohanye and Tshabalala remain in police custody following Monday’s tragedy.

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