Families break down as Jub Jub is convicted

2012-10-16 12:57

Johannesburg - The families of four schoolchildren killed by musician Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala could not control their emotions as a magistrate delivered his guilty verdict.

One woman was carried out after fainting and a court official passed water around to other people.

Schoolchildren broke down and cried.

Besides looking around to his family once, Maarohanye showed little emotion, as did Tshabalala.

The two were found guilty of four counts of murder and two of attempted murder in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

"The State managed to prove beyond reasonable doubt... that the accused are guilty on four counts of murder... two counts of attempted murder," said Magistrate Brian Nemavhidi.

He also convicted them of racing on a public road and driving while under the influence of drugs.

"The death of the deceased occurred as a result of the driving of those vehicles and as such the accused are convicted of driving their vehicles while under the influence of drugs," he said.

Justice has been done - dept

The court had to be called to order as the magistrate delivered his judgment.

The justice department welcomed the judgment.

"[The conviction] is clear confirmation of justice not only done but manifestly seen to be done," said justice spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga.

"We commend the National Prosecuting Authority's aggressive stance of charging irresponsible drivers with murder instead of the usual culpable homicide, which usually attracts non-custodial sentences."

Maarohanye and Tshabalala were drag-racing in Protea North on March 8 2010 when they crashed into a group of schoolchildren.

Prince Mohube, Mlungisi Cwayi, Andile Mthombeni, and Phomello Masemola, were killed.
Frank Mlambo and Fumani Mushwana were seriously injured.

Tshabalala, dressed in a suit, and Maarohanye, in a tan leather jacket and with braided hair, barely looked at each other once during Nemavhidi's summary.

  • Nolubabalo - 2012-10-16 13:04

    At least 4 closure...and oJUB JUB deserve enythng that camz to em

  • nkala.popo - 2012-10-16 13:05

    well done Mr judge

  • mark.singh.9889 - 2012-10-16 13:07

    Justice will be complete when they receive a very long sentence. Hopefully it is in excess of 20 years. He'll have plenty of time to sing for his inmates

  • chule.harmans - 2012-10-16 13:09

    Lol well look at it ths way he will be the best artist in jail, man will sing his lungs owt or else . . .(G)

      busie.mdlalose1 - 2012-10-16 13:29


  • AbrahamsTT - 2012-10-16 13:09

    Yhooo this is soooo difficult...

  • bongani.mthembu.7 - 2012-10-16 13:10

    I hope they find closure and forgive them, only then they will be able to move on. Sending them to jail means nothing to me, cause they will be out in few years because of good behavior, are the families of the kids gona be fine with it then? Nothing will bring the kids back, they just need a new purpose in life then they will be fine.

      thabiso.tlali.5 - 2012-10-16 13:25

      So very true my brother anytime soon even before the kids families heal,themba and jub jub wud be out,I agree with you let them be forgiven and move on.

      grant.callaway.50 - 2012-10-16 13:31

      They have had years to show remorse for what they did, and chose to adopt the arrogant "so what" attitude instead. Good behavior should not get them out.

  • shaylene.stenger - 2012-10-16 13:11

    papa waag vir jou...... Im so happy ustice has been served for the families.....

  • evelyn.motubatsi - 2012-10-16 13:12

    i feel for the families of this dead children, even though they have been found guilty the families still have to live with the fact that their children are gone for good. people please think before doing stupid unreversable things, the ripple effect is just not fair on others..i hope they both get life for each life lost and 50 years for each one of the brain damaged teenagers.

      Andrew2711 - 2012-10-16 13:57

      To be served consecutively, none of this concurrent BS!!!

  • sdu.gumbi - 2012-10-16 13:12

    I feel for the families who lost children but I pray that Molemo

  • Daniel Mah - 2012-10-16 13:13

    down and out - damn but he can still sing in prison

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-10-16 14:37

      Oh he will sing when Papa gets hold of him

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-10-16 13:15

    Bend over and....JUB Jub!!!

      bongane.zwane.948 - 2012-10-16 13:17

      And jub jub indeed.

  • camp.j - 2012-10-16 13:17

    The judgement just passed has made my day BUT 25 years in jail will make Jub Jub's hole weak

  • lindo.radebe.7 - 2012-10-16 13:17

    They pleaded not after killing innocent poeple, I feel they are not charged aggressivley enough.

  • konanani.rachicoper - 2012-10-16 13:19

    Jah neh,1 silly decision can ruin your entire life indeed.

      grant.callaway.50 - 2012-10-16 13:32

      It was way beyond a silly decision, and a complete disregard for responsibility even AFTER the accident. They are scum - simple as that.

  • M.T.Selepe - 2012-10-16 13:20

    Irrespective of fame or political stances,justice shall be served to those whom were deemed to deserve it beyond reasonable,and so be it with Jub Jub,he killed young kids due to reckless driving,negligence and DUI.Justice is served!

  • samantha.5243 - 2012-10-16 13:20

    so how long are they going to sit? pls make sure its a realllllllly long time

  • lulama.mbelwa - 2012-10-16 13:20

    Justice have been served for sure, thank you justice system.

  • nasiefa.jacksonlazarus - 2012-10-16 13:20

    Papa wag vir jou!!!

  • mogoshadi.lebopo - 2012-10-16 13:23

    but y the sentencing start in november tho?????????

  • nathan.g.moss - 2012-10-16 13:24

    I hope they get serve the amount of years they took away from those kids, then true justice will be served. I hope the families can find some closure.

  • thomas.g.loeser - 2012-10-16 13:28

    Lovely story, now nail all these other twats that infest our roads. They are everywhere - no one respects the law !

  • tsele1 - 2012-10-16 13:28

    Justice has been served, I don't feel a bit sorry for Jub Jub nd Tshabalala. This punishment won't evn bring bck da lives of those kids.

  • motlatsi.mophethe - 2012-10-16 13:29

    Once in a blue moon our justice system speaks for the victims. It is by no means comfort to the families who lost the young loved ones who had all to live for. This verdict serves as a remainder to us all, the serious nature of the choices we make when getting behind a wheel of a motor vehicle while intoxicated. These two were charged with murder and attempted murder and such actions do not carry a penalty of a fine, but of some serious soul searching behind bars while you are someones bitch. I only hope now we can be vigilant and take some serious introspect in the choices we make while we are intoxicated and get behind the wheel which itself is ironic. I only hope such stringent measures are also bought to those who think it is cool to text while driving or that the conversation is so important that it cannot wait that you have to tweet while driving. The reality of so many crashes in the road are not caused solely by drunk drivers, but people who cannot drive period and those who do not pay attention to the art of driving. I know people think once you acquire the K53 license card, you can drive which is utter nonsense. Driving is a skill, I am referring to proper driving that requires concentration at all times, least of which needs tweets and an intoxicated mind. There more people get their professional drivers license the better we will be in our roads and the choices we make before getting behind a wheel of a vehicle.

      konstabel.koekemoer - 2012-10-17 12:46

      Well said, but I also want to add that attitude is also very important when behind the wheel. Many experienced drivers who know what the rules are choose to simply ignore them.

  • mpho.collins.9 - 2012-10-16 13:30

    judgement has finaly been done God is great indeed

  • joey.wakaxigombe - 2012-10-16 13:31

    If iam a president I will bring bck a death sentence immediatly, well done dept justice

      violet.thabiso - 2012-10-16 13:39

      joey i thabiso i support u 100x,if it can happen anyone he/she can't do as he/she wish love u for that opion.

  • - 2012-10-16 13:33

    So much for driving under the influence of drugs. hang them high.

  • Jaco Liza Venter - 2012-10-16 13:33

    I feel sorry for Jub Jub he is not a bad gay just a stupid mistake and now his live is ruined,my synpathy for the victoms that lost they loved ones.

  • Zipho Ntokozephelele Sibisi - 2012-10-16 13:33

    Obey the LAW or face the out come... Let this be a LESSON to us all..

  • Khomotso - 2012-10-16 13:34

    Thumbs up. Justice served. Papa is waiting 4 them in jail

  • sigcinochiliza - 2012-10-16 13:37

    No one is above the Law...Justice at last for the deceased, may their Soul RIP!! Jub Jub, go serve your sentence #FINISH#

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-10-16 13:39

    Maybe going to jail is what's best for JubJub as nothing was going well for him in recent days. He got thrown out of his mother's house, got dumped by that gold-digger girlfriend of his, rejected by friends, stone broke because of his drug habit, the list is endless. To top it all the guys in jail are fighting about who'll go first, talk about dog's luck.

  • ak.amod - 2012-10-16 13:42

    If we understand the causes of the carnage on our roads...we will applaude the verdict. Recklessness, drunken driving, speed, driver distractions, etc etc.....A great album of pics and vids on the road safety website wwwfatalmovesdotcom.....Take look and perhaps try your hand at the quiz......wwwfatalmovesdotcom....making safer drivers

  • stertjie.stert - 2012-10-16 13:44

    will have to wait for the sentence to see if justice has really been served

  • sandy.kroukamp - 2012-10-16 13:55

    Well done....................

  • mbhonie.zitha.7 - 2012-10-16 14:01

    Thnx 2da judge 4granting justice its bin long since celebrities hv bin gettng away wth crimes#may da law continue its harshness

  • mbhonie.zitha.7 - 2012-10-16 14:01

    Thnx 2da judge 4granting justice its bin long since celebrities hv bin gettng away wth crimes#may da law continue its harshness

  • jerome.main.9 - 2012-10-16 14:04

    How long is the sentence? When do we find out?

      rasthami.m1 - 2012-10-16 14:57

      This long

  • john.lekay2 - 2012-10-16 14:05

    when will the sentence be handed down,Magistrate Brian Nemavhidi you made me believe in our justice system again thank you sir

  • jaques.brink.9 - 2012-10-16 14:08

    Have a good time in jail...well deserved.

  • leehle.mthalane - 2012-10-16 14:08

    Bye bye Jub Jub

  • boipelo.mogalemokoto - 2012-10-16 14:17

    Hahaha he is sooooo f*cked!!!(Pun intended)He is a yellowbone prettyboy with stylish hair ...his theee perfct women for them. It was dragged on for too long...finally justice:). Atleast he's still gonna see his son, the 4families will never see their children!

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-10-16 14:17

    How many weeks before one or both of them suddenly develops a terrible illness or sickness? Or due to a technicality have to be released? One can just hope that justice will really prevail (the little their is left).

  • hambasuprise.malapane.3 - 2012-10-16 14:19

    Next year by this time jub jub will be pregnant 4 de second time expecting his second child fathered by his fellow inmates in prison

  • briana.scott - 2012-10-16 14:20

    Well it is all very well that they are found guilty, but i wouldn't start a parade yet. Lets first wait and see what the sentencing will be.

  • rvleggaar - 2012-10-16 14:21

    Funny how Malema hasn't come to their aid like he did initially. Good to see some justice in this case, 10/10 to the judge. Let's just hope the sentence fits the crime.

  • PeleFrengy Destination Maifala - 2012-10-16 14:22

    why do they have to wait untill the 30th of november when hes already found guilty

      jade.ross.359 - 2012-10-16 15:42

      I Jub Jub plays his cards right then he too can be excused his jail term "Due to terminal illness" :)

  • PeleFrengy Destination Maifala - 2012-10-16 14:22

    why do they have to wait untill the 30th of november when hes already found guilty

  • Thandwayo Bonga - 2012-10-16 14:22

    zwakala fanawami we waitin fr u!!! ill take care of you!!! you'll be my lil thingy!!

  • kenneth.molepo.7 - 2012-10-16 14:23

    He must rot in jail

  • linda.nzimamazibuko - 2012-10-16 14:23

    Next is Mr. Langa(the engineer) who killed five people in Midrand last year

      musaasaph.mashila - 2012-10-16 14:37

      We all 4got bout him. This case has set a precedent, he will also be convicted of murder.