Hawks man under fire over Jub Jub tweets

2012-10-17 10:37

Johannesburg - A tweet by Hawks spokesperson Colonel McIntosh Polela about Vaseline and murder-convicted kwaito star Molemo Jub Jub Maarohanye, made news headlines on Wednesday morning.

"JubJub spending 1st nite [sic] in prison. Bail has been denied after being found guilty of murder, attempted murder & racing while high," Polela first tweeted on Tuesday, shortly after judgment was handed down in the Protea Magistrate's Court.

A second tweet followed a while later: "I trust that JubJub's supporters gave him a jar of Vaseline to take to prison."

Another twitter user asked him: "Wha'ts Vaseline for in Prison?" to which Polela replied, "Polishing specialized prison shoes!"

‘Prisons are where monsters are made’

Several users commented on his tweet, with one user saying: "Really? Rape jokes from the police spokesperson?" and another said, "Coming from a officer of the court that is low! Scrapping at the bottom of the barrel for comments now are we? [sic]".

Writer Osiame Molefe also wrote about Polela’s tweets in a blog post titled “South African prisons are where monsters are made, McIntosh”.

The tweet from Tuesday - after Maarohanye and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala were found guilty of murder - was still on his profile on Wednesday morning.

Beeld newspaper said it contacted him about what he had written, but he declined to comment.

On Twitter, Polela describes himself as an award-winning spokesperson, best-selling author, French student, hunter and rifles fanatic, and literature nerd.

It also says: "My tweets are 4 my tweeps. No publishing."

Maarohanye and Tshabalala were found guilty on four counts of murder, two of attempted murder, using drugs, racing on a public road, and driving under the influence of drugs.

They were drag-racing in Protea North on March 8 2010 when they crashed into a group of schoolboys.

  • john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-10-17 10:42

    a hawk with a sense of humour, trust me jub jub is going to get it in jail though the vasaline might be a good idea.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-17 10:49

      The jar of vaseline just helps to fit in.

      bloulig.brigadeer.3 - 2012-10-17 10:51

      "Polishing specialized prison shoes!" - Bwahahahahaha! Thats a good one sir!

      jason.children - 2012-10-17 10:54

      I actually like this dude from the Hawks. He always handles interviews well. So he got excited about the result of a big case. Big deal. people need to get over it.

      bloulig.brigadeer.3 - 2012-10-17 10:57

      @ ShelleyV - Oh okay... That would explain the comment then. But I still think that is funny!

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-17 10:58

      I agrre with you Jason. And he can articulate very well, unlike some of his employers higher up the ladder.

      summer.mackenzie.96 - 2012-10-17 11:07

      LOL curriemafia that is hysterical

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-17 11:12

      HAHA, in prison he'll be known as, Lube Lube Maarohanye

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-17 11:13

      Tweeting can be dangerous - to your career. Celebrities need to learn that it is NOT a private platform...

      davorin.dobrovic - 2012-10-17 11:28

      Rape jokes are reprehensible and you have to be a morally bankrupt person to enjoy them.

      napolita.kio - 2012-10-17 11:31

      @Jason - "I actually like this dude from the Hawks." Really??? I am archiving these comments, sure they'll come in handy soon, very soon.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-10-17 12:13

      Not the way for a Police officer to behave - no matter, the wider popular public opinion. Police officers have to earn respect and this is not a great way of doing it ....

      merven.halo - 2012-10-17 13:03

      Lol Charles, you're actually very sharp when not making idiotic religious remarks. ;-)

      Hemlock - 2012-10-17 15:04

      Personally I would have given Jub Jub a tube of Deep Heat ;o)

      morris.khunou - 2012-10-17 15:12

      The vaseline thing is associated with HIS PRETTY LOOKS and DRESSING HIS HER LIKE A WOMAN. He will be entising! but Polela represents Justice, Safety and Security. his comments are unfortunate

      kirsten.a.foster.100 - 2012-10-18 08:41

      rape in prison is not a sentence any imperfect human can even jokingly sentence upon another imperfect human. Funny til one of you get held down. Then we'll see how you feel.

      pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2013-02-18 07:25

      Just a thought. How much support did Jub Jub get from the public? He also had a family that was very proud of him, and sad to see his life destroyed. He had a good career and many people idolised him. In all he was convicted of murder although he was criminally reckless but did not intend to kill; with even a high ranking Hawks spokesman indicating that Jub Jub should be raped in jail. I am just interested in the discrepancies between these two cases.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-10-17 10:43

    Methinks this oke is getting too big for his boots? I think what is leftout of his self-proclaimed cv, is the ability to act as a professional, no matter what he thinks. I hear he is good at his job? he certainly loves the limelight/tv...oh well......I guess we all think the same.

      gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-17 10:55

      He is the spokesperson, for crying out loud. Lighten up!

      lorain.maseko - 2012-10-17 11:20

      I agree that he is getting too big for his boots but Bev,the "self-procclaimed CV statement wreaksof jealousy doll, jealousy is a disease get well soon.

      Andrea - 2012-10-17 12:01

      alicia, no doubt the first thing he's gonna want to change is the length of his prison term. Let's speak again on this matter after he has been clean and sober for a few years. Right now I'm not sure he can understand the meaning of the word "guidance".

      Andrea - 2012-10-17 13:10

      Alicia, yes I have known addicts. Let me just say that it is a monster you don't want to know. You don't get "clean" in 2 weeks or a month, rehabilitation is ongoing. I wish the young ones can understand exactly what it is they are being warned of, but sadly they don't. It's a demon that truly controls the mind and destroys lives and families.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-17 14:42

      I can at least understand him when he speaks. He is probably having fun. You know like we use to have before doom and gloom came down over us.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-17 19:52

      On Twitter, "Polela describes himself as an award-winning spokesperson, best-selling author, French student, hunter and rifles fanatic, and literature nerd" Come on can we take his word for it? just saying, despit the thumbs one tells the truth.....havent we learnt that yet??

      lorain.maseko - 2012-10-18 07:28

      @ beverly.young3 SO if he was white would you take his word for it? He's in the public eye why would he lie about these things,knwoing that there are racists like you always ready and willing to find wrong in anything that is done by Africans?

  • melusi.myaluza - 2012-10-17 10:43

    That's very low,u should know better Polela,hope u are taken to task!

      summer.mackenzie.96 - 2012-10-17 10:50

      oh well why dont you just get the opinion from the parents who lost their children - then comment on how low the comment is u idiot

      thutothegreat - 2012-10-17 11:05

      I dont think that's low, and all he said is Vaseline. It was up to the reader how they interpret it. Why is it that people always look for some controversy every time a person with some sort of an important role makes a casual statement. At the end of the day, the reality is that people do get raped in prison and maybe bringing Vaseline is not such a bad idea.

      peter.ndamase - 2012-10-17 11:19

      Jub Jub is also an arrogant nothing. He deserves every sense of humour, and criticism. Jail will definitely teach him "correct" driving skills.

      ludlowdj - 2012-10-17 12:07

      It might be in poor humor but it still falls in the realms of freedom of speech, taking him to task proves nothing, he just needs to apologise

      esme.collins1 - 2012-10-17 18:39

      All are commenting on either what they perceive is said, feeding on others comments, etc. but the vaseline could be just for cleaning his shoes? a tongue in cheek suggestion that he could slip through the cell bars to freedom? Why should Polela be taken to task m.m?

      shepardshakes.ndlovu - 2012-10-19 10:35


  • Jo.Davies123 - 2012-10-17 10:47

    Everyone else is saying it, even here on News24. I don't see why he is not a allowed to if it is in his own personal capacity, unless something in his contract permits this. Anyone out there know?

  • Billy - 2012-10-17 10:50

    wow really LOL what a waste of time

  • rupert.magande - 2012-10-17 10:52

    iam not sure what this guy did wrong , he tweeted about something that we all know , there is rape in our prisons and even the senior police officials know about it , so if they tweet about it whats wrong with that . If Debrah Parter had tweeted about this would it still be wrong .

      mnibo.klaas - 2012-10-17 11:12

      Debrah is a journalist not a police official lets no get twisted here!

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-17 10:54

    Tell them mr.Polela. It's not a secret what happens in prison, and what they use Vaseline for. It's not a crime yet, unless you are a whistleblower against the wrong people.

  • mpho.e.mogashui - 2012-10-17 10:56

    dnt drop the soap!!!

  • Tutu Sintsili - 2012-10-17 10:56

    jub jub deserve it

      Evelyne Motaung - 2012-10-17 11:11

      @Tutu, Molemo doesnt deserve to be raped and yes its a pity those kids passed away. He will serve his sentence but Rape its not an answer here.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-17 11:28

      Evelyne, no one is saying that rape is the answer for anything. The reality in SA prisons is that it will probably happen. Sick, but that's life behind bars in SA.

  • glomourouskaty - 2012-10-17 11:04

    Jub jub y does he have 2 tweet hz time is over hz norlonger a celeb he was so he shud start acting like a real prisoner or shud I say the new wife

  • jay.reede - 2012-10-17 11:05

    A person in this position should definitely not make such comments. Rather concentrate on your Job !

      summer.mackenzie.96 - 2012-10-17 11:11

      You have no idea what you talking about

  • TheMcAttack - 2012-10-17 11:06

    Typical. One of our so called "leaders" who thinks he's being witty but it show's us that he's a bit of an simpleton. You would expect that kind of comment from an internet "troll". Not the spokesperson for the Hawks.

      neo.motsepe - 2012-10-17 11:10

      Totally agree.

      jay.reede - 2012-10-17 11:19

      Right you are !

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-17 11:08

    “South African prisons are where monsters are made, McIntosh" and then they get recycled into society after a few years.

      ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-10-17 11:23

      And nobody seems to notice how serious this is to society .

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-17 11:29

      Hermann, yes, they are then given ANC presidential pardons every year on Freedom Day to once again harm our society. This ANC regime is a joke!!!

  • LongSword - 2012-10-17 11:09

    Lol, it shows the man has sympathy. What if he didn't advice about the vaseline? Things could even be rougher for JubJub.

      Onke Mdingi - 2012-10-17 11:21

      Can't we be objective here? In technical terms, 'shoes' have to be well 'polished' so as to get smooth coordination with 'brushes'. LOL!!

      Nicky Bezuidenhout - 2012-10-17 11:31

      i think the thing everybody are forgeting is that under our constitution, there should not be conditions like these in prisons. so for the police to admit that they know these things happen and use it as ascare tactic paints a dismal picture. just remember, althou he deserves whats coming he is someones child. i would not whant that to happen to my child.

  • eltonbenjamin25 - 2012-10-17 11:15

    The man simply said what everybody else was thinking. So i dnt see why his being critic'd like this. What ever Jub Jub gets he deserves and it will still not bring back the young lives he took.

  • mart.botha - 2012-10-17 11:26

    NO sympathy for murderers. Crack all the jokes you want to about them no matter who you are. In this tragic time we need to find things to laugh about....and if the targets are felons, who by their actions and conviction should be stripped of the right to life and protection of the bill of rights, I say go for it. Spoilt little rich kid is 'going to see his arse!'.

  • mnibo.klaas - 2012-10-17 11:26

    It's not a laughing matter @ all, especially by a member of hawks wat a disgrace, he should be ashamed of himself.

  • tim.brink.1238 - 2012-10-17 11:27

    And we are trying desperately to get Dewani here.... fat chance. Thanks Mac. Well thought of. Wonder if you getting any kick backs for your stupid tweet?

  • debra.davids.3 - 2012-10-17 11:30

    lets face reallity people, this is what happens in our prisons, we had stories where wardens also have relations with the prisoners, and by the way jub jub looked in court yesterday, i know there was a BIG welcome party waiting on him. I also like McIntosh, so just because he is a member of the Hawks, does that mean he is not allowed to have a sense of humor, screw jub jub ( pun intented), he is a murderer.

  • sifiso.sosibo.10 - 2012-10-17 11:32

    That was below the belt my ex brother(Nzimande). The guys have sinned and it wasn't your place to put a nail in a coffin especially for someone in your compromising legal position. Remember nobody's perfect myself included ex Ngwekazi!

  • Kalari - 2012-10-17 11:37

    do we really have to know this

  • bill.mckimm.9 - 2012-10-17 11:38

    Now if the Hawks really did their job we could send JZ a presidential bottle of Vaseline for his misdeads. We could also send him instructions of how to suffer heart failure or kidney failure to reduce his time in chookie.

  • werner.dippenaar.77 - 2012-10-17 11:47

    there is no rape in prison, its called love mating. Lube up bru, they are going to pass you around like a peace pipe !

  • mabhekana.nzuza - 2012-10-17 11:47

    Yes we all know that Jub Jub is guilty, but we don't need that stupid Colonel 2 joke about it, families who lost their children are still in pain, I think we must underline our comments when ever commenting with this issue.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-17 11:55

      @ mabehekana.nzuza......That is what I was saying in my first post? Then I am accused of being jealous of his "supposed cv"....eish....I think this man acted unprofessionally.

  • mabhekana.nzuza - 2012-10-17 11:47

    Yes we all know that Jub Jub is guilty, but we don't need that stupid Colonel 2 joke about it, families who lost their children are still in pain, I think we must underline our comments when ever commenting with this issue.

  • Pete7930 - 2012-10-17 11:50

    The vaseline is a peace offering to his cellmate to be...

  • Shamzewaduhaha - 2012-10-17 12:02

    Is this the same Polela who failed to pay R2500 maintenance? He has got balls to tweet such about Jub Jub. Why didn't he tweet when Selebi was convicted?

      yelloman36 - 2012-10-17 16:05

      u should b ashamed of yoself of supportng criminals &druggards THINK AGAIN WHAT/HOW YO SA SHUOLD B.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-17 12:05

    Polela only said what the majority of the readers here have been saying since forever. The only difference is that Polela is a very public figure. He should have kept that in mind before tweeting, however this country has far bigger problems right now. If anything can ever be "allowed" to slide, it should be the contents of this article.

  • bryan.torien - 2012-10-17 12:10

    Way I sees it, the Springboks are somma Sponsored by Vaseline!

  • nyameko.ngcolomba - 2012-10-17 12:12

    It is such a disgrace a member of hawk send such an awful tweet lyk ths,shows how tumble members of regime are. I know convicted Jub jub got what he deserve but Colonel's tweet was irrrelevantto be revealed to th media.

  • gail.allanlutz - 2012-10-17 12:13

    Okay - so lets get this straight....Polela comes under fire because he tweets about a convicted felon (stupid though and kinda out of line) and nothing happens to people who actually publicly incite racial hatred - WTF??

  • neville.watson.31 - 2012-10-17 12:13

    Anybody who thinks rape is acceptable or funny, under any circumstances, is sick.

      eric.shinn.90 - 2012-10-17 14:18

      Imagine Robert Mugabe raping Hitler. That's pretty funny dude

      vandeventer.sarel - 2012-10-17 14:22

      Well if someone close to me gets raped and is sent to prison i wont mind if they make him pick up the soap

      neville.watson.31 - 2012-10-17 18:54

      @eric - that would probably be consensual. @sarel - I would kill them, and then hopefully not get raped while I was in prison doing my time.

  • Mpotsiseng - 2012-10-17 12:30

    his Tweets have truth in them.

  • osama.pascal - 2012-10-17 12:35

    Lack of maturity leads to impulse and irresponsible utterance. Ask Juju. Have been wondering when is he going to loose it with that fake accent.

  • alvin.botes - 2012-10-17 12:48

    I will Lodge a formal complaint against this GOVERNMENT official, his giving t'he Police a bad name.This I will do as AN elected representative of t'he PEOPLE.

      aspruyt - 2012-10-17 16:27

      You surely don't represent me.

  • JuliusYouPrick - 2012-10-17 14:37

    Twitter is so overrated.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-17 14:39

    Award winning spokesperson, best selling author, French student, hunter and fanatic about guns and a literatue nerd. Wow and that all on Twitter.

  • Krishna - 2012-10-17 14:41

    "My tweets are 4 my tweeps. No publishing." He clearly is entitled to make comments off the record. I think Mr Polela is doing an awesome job! Keep it up.

  • ngwanatholo.matsepe - 2012-10-17 14:48

    HE WAS OUT OF LINE.Doesn't matter how we interpret his statement

  • wackidmaledu - 2012-10-17 14:51

    hahahahaha!!! BlueSeal

  • clifford.pike1 - 2012-10-17 14:57

    McIntosh Polela is my hero.

      yelloman36 - 2012-10-17 16:07

      THIRDED Clifford he is my hero 2.

  • mista.brown1 - 2012-10-17 14:58


  • ndindia - 2012-10-17 15:00

    hayi wetu yekani Upollela unyanisile Jubs needs a jar of Vaseline, we all know what happens in Prison wetu stop acting like lil kids....

  • cher.heystek - 2012-10-17 15:19

    Think about it... In South African prisons you get fed, educated, housed, etc. The only form of "justice" in our prisons is becoming Bubba's bee-atch! How else do the criminals pay for their deeds?

  • Synomore - 2012-10-17 15:21

    Mackitosh Nzimande oooops Polela

      levi.mabena1 - 2012-10-17 18:25

      Bt i find it weird 4a very high profile person to post such comment,of corse da lyfz were lost dey wont be brought back bt Jub is also human

      Synomore - 2012-10-18 07:34

      I think his father is a murderer which is reality may he also wished his father the same.he hated his father with passion i dont blame him he tried to reconcile with him.his couldnt burge . Thats why he renounced him

  • Simphiwe - 2012-10-17 15:26

    Blue flies that feed on the blood of dead animals.

  • lvhukeya1 - 2012-10-17 15:34


      miyelani.patience - 2012-10-17 16:40

      yebo yebo VIVA Juju.

      jack.masterp - 2012-10-18 16:55

      What happened to freedom of speech in south african the man has a right to say what he likes

  • aspruyt - 2012-10-17 16:24

    Good to see he has a sense of humour! Ignore the self righteous trolls!

  • andre.j.hanekom - 2012-10-17 16:35

    If it is correct that Polela made such a comment, he is totally unfit for the office he holds. It appears he immediately realised the gross stupidity of his alleged remark and allegedly offered an even more stupid explanation for the use of Vaseline which happens to be a registered trademark belonging to a multinational company. Either of these two alleged remarks by Polela shows very poor judgement and may very well affect the sentencing of the person/s he allegedly aimed his remarks at as this matter is still sub judice until after sentencing.

  • miyelani.patience - 2012-10-17 16:44

    what?.............K Y jell