Jub Jub, co-accused guilty of murder

2012-10-16 12:16

Johannesburg - Musician Molemo Jub Jub Maarohanye has been found guilty of killing four schoolchildren while drag racing in Soweto in March 2010.
The guilty verdict was handed down at the end a long four-day judgment on Tuesday in the Protea Magistrate’s Court.

Maarohanye’s co-accused Themba Tshabalala was also found guilty.

Four schoolchildren were killed and two were seriously injured.

Last week, as Magistrate Brian Nemavhidi read out his judgment, family members of the schoolchildren broke down and were seen comforting each other.

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  • linda.nzimamazibuko - 2012-10-16 12:12


      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-10-16 12:20

      Excellent. Now they must just go to jail and join their criminal friends.

      stfrancisbay - 2012-10-16 12:22

      They better not get a mini sentence

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-16 12:23

      Finally. And now a little faith has been restored to our justice system.

      bloulig.brigadeer.3 - 2012-10-16 12:29

      Took long enough!!! No for the sentencing... No mercy please judge!

      maree.cassie - 2012-10-16 12:29

      Justice is served!!!

      daleinn - 2012-10-16 12:34


      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-16 12:36

      Lets hope their appeal will not be succesful!

      desertratbkf - 2012-10-16 12:37

      Amen indeed!

      thabang.mbalathi.7 - 2012-10-16 12:46


      nicholas.graan - 2012-10-16 12:49

      Wait for the appeal after judgement is passed ..

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-16 12:52

      I fear this is not the end of the saga. These swine have not come clean and have wasted months and added to the pain of the parents. They will continue to fight their case and drag it back on appeal. Bye the way, can't his scummy lawyer be sentenced too?

      sazi.radebe - 2012-10-17 08:17

      This is a grim reminder that you must think before you decide to put that pedal to the metal, think before you decide to cut lanes, think before you have that last beer for the road. Think before you try to impress others by speeding. The consequences can be life changing just because of a sudden stupid decision you decide to take in your car

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-17 11:20

      Jub jub, his co accused, together with their legal teams are a bunch of morons. Had they pleaded guilty and took a plea bargain to a lesser charge of manslaughter, they would have served two years already now, required by law to do at least a 3rd of their sentence, which would have been not more than 10 years considering the plea bargaining. Now they have decided to appeal meaning there's a risk of their sentence being increased, and interpreted as them not admitting their culpabilty and showing remorse for their actions. Stupid stupid, all round including their legal team!

      rbphiri - 2012-10-18 11:27

      May his rear end be ravaged

  • sarah.bouttell - 2012-10-16 12:12

    Good. Scary precedent for all other drunk drivers.

      patson.nedzamba - 2012-10-16 12:54

      So true. Now the nation can exhale!!

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-10-16 12:57

      the right message!!!

  • rofras.rassie - 2012-10-16 12:12

    Jail time...

  • siyanda.zulu - 2012-10-16 12:13


  • tdrammutla - 2012-10-16 12:13


  • dave.leverton - 2012-10-16 12:13

    At last !

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-10-16 12:26

      I'm guessing the bribe offered didn't go high enough. Wait for the appeal, or he may try and pull a Shaik.

  • natalie.truter - 2012-10-16 12:15

    I sincerely hope that they are sent away for life. Fined harshly and acknowledge that they did this and have to face the consequences of their actions. I hope they are made an example of to others, who, like them believe they own the road!

  • Hemlock - 2012-10-16 12:15

    Hoorrrayyy...Hopefully a stiff sentence - like 4 life sentences without possibility of parole.

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-10-16 12:19

    WTF????Nonsense!!!, the judge is wrong, there was no intention to murder or kill anyone, this was just an accident ….

      natalie.truter - 2012-10-16 12:24

      Are you just trolling or do you honestly believe that it was ok for them to take drugs and race downs public road? Actions have consequences. They were found guilty of their actions which resulted in death - perhaps wasn't their intention, but they have to take accountability for being irresponsible. Back to your bridge troll!

      AmuseMePLs - 2012-10-16 12:25

      i wonder if you would feel the same way should it have been your child who was robbed his life that day.

      rofras.rassie - 2012-10-16 12:25

      And what are you going to do about it? shut up and sit down. he is going jail.

      thutothegreat - 2012-10-16 12:26

      Clearly you dont know the rules of the road. How much did you pay for your licence?

      kyle.venter.5 - 2012-10-16 12:29

      "intention" comes in more than one form, and this is one of them (Dolus eventualis (indirect intention) exists when the possibility of a particular consequence or circumstance is foreseen, but there is a reckless disregard as to whether it ensues or not. For example, if A drives on the wrong side of the road in a busy street knowing that he might collide with other traffic, but not caring whether he does or not). There is also a very fine line between intention and negligence, the actions of Jub-Jub and his co-accused clearly moved away from negligence into the ambit of "intent". they would never have been charged with murder if the NPA did not believe they had a case.

      brad.herbert.522 - 2012-10-16 12:30

      SERIOUSLY??? AN ACCIDENT??? It was no accident they took drugs and drank alcohol, or any accident they decided to drag race down a road where the speed limit is 60KM/h. Their actions caused the death of 4 people and permanent brain damage to two others.. You should have been one of those hit by the car, then come and tell people it was an accident

      bmanota - 2012-10-16 12:33

      Nooooo WTF to u Tumisang....are u 4real?? Kids are dead...some are badly hurt, while they living lavish lives out her...n u wanna say the Judge is wrong?? Wat if it was u?? Wat ur lil sis/bro?? Nooo u must go jump n flush urself together with Jub n Thembanator....#i wish they cld transfer them to polsmoor prison...

      sbarends - 2012-10-16 12:36

      if you take drugs ,get ehing the wheel of a car and on top of that drag race, WHAT IS YOUR INTENSION????!!!! Their selfish negligence cocky attitudes lead to deaths!! they are murderers just like any other who takes a gun and shoot or knife and stab!!!!! to hell with them...

      nhlapop - 2012-10-16 12:37

      Are you mad wena. Those two were under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Bloody agent.

      di.lemmar - 2012-10-16 12:38

      are you really that STUPID?

      johan.harlaar.9 - 2012-10-16 12:38

      This would be a Malema comment

      desertratbkf - 2012-10-16 12:38

      This is a SERIOUS TROLL ALERT!!!!Take cover folks!!!!

      tumisang.kolobe - 2012-10-16 12:39

      When emotions clouds sound judgment, this is not murder but culpable homicide, Murder can only be murder if it was committed with malice aforethought—originally malice aforethought carried its everyday meaning—a deliberate and premeditated killing of another motivated by ill will. Murder necessarily required that an appreciable time pass between the formation and execution of the intent to kill. The courts broadened the scope of murder by eliminating the requirement of actual premeditation and deliberation as well as true malice. All that was required for malice aforethought to exist is that the perpetrator act with one of the four states of mind that constitutes "malice." The four states of mind recognized as constituting "malice" are: i. Intent to kill, ii. Intent to inflict grievous bodily harm short of death, iii. Intent to commit a dangerous felony . In this instance there can never be any grounds that justifies that indeed JubJub had any intetion to kill and cause any pain to anyone, this was just a big accident

      tumisang.kolobe - 2012-10-16 12:48

      All of you who are crying murder should wait until your car brakes fails and kill a person and the your car was due for a service, they will tell you that you were reckless and this will was not an accident but murder, this is wrong, Culpable homicide should be a judgment not murder when there was no intention to murder, does taking alcohol or drugs even for that matter justifies and automatically justifies an intention to murder?

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-16 12:48

      Murder is murder, it does not need to be planned beforehand. Driving fast and under the influence was making theire cars the murder weapons.

      Nokuthula - 2012-10-16 12:50

      how is driving under the influence, speeding in township road (which is always busy and Jub jub and Themba know this because they are from Soweto), overtaking when there is oncoming traffic... QUALIFY AS AN ACCIDENT!!! come on now dude!!! Tell that to the 4 mothers/families who lost their kids.

      nicolaas.vanschalkwyk.5 - 2012-10-16 13:00

      The intent to murder camoe from them taking drugs and drinking before hand you moron. Lets talk again when your kids are involved

      manny.dasilva.902 - 2012-10-16 13:10

      U stirring

      ogodiseng.seonya.3 - 2012-10-16 13:53

      nd hw do u knw tht, cuz the judge is the person who makes the final decision bsed on the arguments of the counsels, soo if its murder, then yes, the prosecutor did prove all the elements of murder beyond any reasonable doubt

      jerome.main.9 - 2012-10-16 13:56

      It doesnt matter. 4 People died!!!!! And that was because of their actions. They must rot in jail and get rear end violated!!!

      nina.tso.7 - 2012-10-16 14:09

      Tumisang, you sound like a 1st or 2nd year law student (were we think we have it all figured out) but the law is not that black and white. And this qualifies as murder. You cannot give this (or any situation) a textbook explanation....ever heard of mitigating and aggrivating factors?

      kyle.venter.5 - 2012-10-16 14:19

      you still fail to recognise the fact that intent comes in more than one form. if your cars brakes fail, this could not be murder, unless you drove the car knowing full well that the brakes do not work. your example of failing brakes is weak and shows your lack of understanding. there are numerous factors that contribute to any given situation. @nina, you are quite correct, the law is very seldom 'black and white', more often than not, a situation will fall well within an undefined area that needs to be tested. His conviction on the charge of murder would seem to be legally sound, given the evidence that has been presented in the case.

      matli.mokoena - 2012-10-16 14:26

      The law defines intention very different to an english dictionary. There is intention in the ordinary sense and 'deemed' intention, which is if a situation that results in murder, you were found to be negligent, such that a reasonable man could have foreseen your reckless actions resulting in the death of a bystander, then the death of the bystander is deemed to be your intention. The law is the law people. The death of 4 children CANNOT go unpunished. I wish you well Jub jub, jail is no laughing matter. But then again, you have countless appeals opportunities. This is just a maistrate at the end of the day, a Hich court and Supreme court can overturn that decision.

      Antipoaching - 2012-10-16 14:41

      Tumisang, did you attend every day of the case? Have you read the full transcript of the proceedings and the Judgement? If not you have no idea what evidence and arguments were used in support of the murder charge and the reasoning behind the guilty verdict...... Press reports, whilst fascinating and all, are not the full story, especially in the Courts

      thutothegreat - 2012-10-16 16:16

      seriously Tumisang?? A textbook explanation, really? If you are really studying law, then you still have a long way to go, if you are a lawyer, then I can understand why you spending all this time on the internet and not in court.

  • LoveSandi - 2012-10-16 12:20

    it's over for the drag racers

      larry.piggott1 - 2012-10-16 12:33

      Not Really, he will just need a different kind of Drag for Bubba, his Cell mate.

  • chris.booise - 2012-10-16 12:20

    Good news!!

  • Petzer.Franc - 2012-10-16 12:21

    Give that magistrate a bells,,justice served

  • chiepner - 2012-10-16 12:22

    JUBJUB wil now contract a dealy desease such as heart problems and so forth and then be released on medical parole......or he might even get pardoned next year by the president to celebrate some day of humanity or independance or what ever.....

      natasha.kawimbe - 2012-10-16 12:27

      yea we just have to hold our breaths till we hear that hes got a chronic deadly disease... we know how works. Im sure there are some strings his mother will be pulling. Sad reality!

      rofras.rassie - 2012-10-16 12:28


      lerato.kay.3 - 2012-10-16 12:31

      Just like the two murderers from the notorious Waterkloof Four death squad. No sympathy to murderers please!

      manny.dasilva.902 - 2012-10-16 13:12

      Yes and give the president a free performance to celebrate his birthday

      LaVicmoro - 2012-10-16 13:58

      Nicolaas....boet this is SA...even bloody bread has something to do with race. as for the assured they wont be heavy. if these two get 60yrs between the two of them, that will be the day. btw

  • Clerance Lephaka - 2012-10-16 12:22

    U trually deserve punishment guys.

  • andrea.bower.121 - 2012-10-16 12:22

    It's good to know we still have a somewhat functional Justice System.

  • shawn.swiegers - 2012-10-16 12:22

    Stay calm everyone... Now for the protracted appeal process

  • thutothegreat - 2012-10-16 12:23

    Justice at last!

  • sk.vanderwhatever - 2012-10-16 12:23

    Thanks your honour!

  • FeZ14 - 2012-10-16 12:23

    Justice is served! RIP poor souls

  • Illchill - 2012-10-16 12:24

    justice has bin served now lets wait for scentencing

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-16 12:24

    25 years per child.!

      andrewkhumo - 2012-10-16 13:50

      25 by 4 PLUS 12.5 by 2 = per accused

  • tshepo.lekote - 2012-10-16 12:24

    Hope dey rot in jail

  • ntshembolloyd.shibambu - 2012-10-16 12:24

    yesssssss at last

  • rebaonam - 2012-10-16 12:26


  • brad.herbert.522 - 2012-10-16 12:26

    I wish they would stop using the word ALLEGED... they DONE it and have been found guilty of it. Let’s hope they actually spend time in jail for this. They should both get 4x life for murder + 2 x 20 years for attempted murder. CONSECUTIVELY

  • patrick.pitjeng - 2012-10-16 12:26

    How long are they going to the rape house...sori i mean jail house?

  • tumelorich.seerane - 2012-10-16 12:27

    give that magistrate a bells

  • pmalungana - 2012-10-16 12:27

    sorry my man, I am sure you expected this outcome.

  • cyndieb.mncube - 2012-10-16 12:27

    He derseves vry hit dats cumin 2 hm,sry broe ur lyf styl is abt 2 chnge

  • khanyokula - 2012-10-16 12:27

    We liked you jub jub bt sorry man. Tanks your honour...!!

  • khanyokula - 2012-10-16 12:28

    We liked you jub jub bt sorry man. Tanks your honour...!!

  • galmzala - 2012-10-16 12:28

    100 years each will be good

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-10-16 12:28

    Some of the best news this week!

  • gail.allanlutz - 2012-10-16 12:29

    Lets wait to hear what the sentence will be - dont want to get too excited about them finally been found to be guilty.

  • Neshvile83 - 2012-10-16 12:29

    Rot in jail Dog bastard moron i hate u

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-10-16 12:31

    Drag racers to drag queens! Now you'll be able to explain all the skid marks! It may not bring back those innocent children but justice has been served.

  • Khayoh Mfiswah - 2012-10-16 12:31

    Lets wait n here the sentence , dey must rot in jail indeed

  • jbooyse - 2012-10-16 12:32

    Justice !!!

      Thapelo Endrew Mokoena - 2012-10-16 12:49

      finally the lows has take his cost!!!!!!

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-10-16 12:33

    praise the lord. now for the next one who thinks he is above the law and has the protection of you know who.

  • 6Ella9 - 2012-10-16 12:34

    Finally, however - it was ever so clear (without the delay and legal gibberish) that they WERE guilty. Justice has been served but at what cost?

  • connie.mlonyeni - 2012-10-16 12:34

    i know for a fact that what they did was wrong and out of negligence and have to be punished, but i kind of feel sorry for them...i'm putting myself in their shoes! ohhh my God!

      yolande.rwaai - 2012-10-16 12:42

      So essentially what you're saying is you'd also, get drunk, take drugs then drag race?! That's what I gathered when you said you're putting yourself in their shoes.

  • malcolm.stevens.129 - 2012-10-16 12:35

    Why a murder charge? Surely this is manslaughter or culpable homicide - I always thought murder was associated with something premeditated?

      shayne.r.barker - 2012-10-16 12:44

      Good point but It is a murder charge because 4 people died due to his reckless behavior. And murder is not always premeditated.

      eddie.rapakgadi - 2012-10-16 12:45

      In law there is what is called intention by foresight.hence the murder charge

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-16 14:47

      No some people murder theire spouses in the "heat" of the moment when they found someone else in theire bed, this is murder too. In this case the murders were comitted with cars. It is no accident when you take drugs and race in a populated area.

  • mualusi - 2012-10-16 12:36

    You cannot bribe a Venda judge!!!!!!!!

  • johan.harlaar.9 - 2012-10-16 12:37

    Time for civil suits for the injured from this crash. Maybe Jub jub's mother can use the cash she got from Oprah for a good cause.

  • lorna.sisusa - 2012-10-16 12:38

    Finally, they are inmates.. Justice have been served. Hopefully they won't get suspended sentence.

  • cyndieb.mncube - 2012-10-16 12:38

    He derseves vry hit dats cumin 2 hm,sry broe ur lyf styl is abt 2 chnge

  • manelisi.bunyula - 2012-10-16 12:38

    SORRY BROTHERS is not the end of the world

      frankgerald - 2012-10-16 14:23

      What about the end of the life for 4 innocent kids!

  • sminx.r.mandla - 2012-10-16 12:38

    Justice served, thank you, although I wish the judicial system was like this to corrupt politicians!!

  • sdtshazi - 2012-10-16 12:39

    Jusice is served now I can say that he is a murderer and a convict, GOD is bigger than money they deserve to be punished hence they took life in this world, due to drugs and stupidity! \r\nNow I'm not Cencored to say what I feel \Sub Judice\ no interdict

  • fnxusani - 2012-10-16 12:40

    Dyab-dyab will sing 'ndikhokhele bawo' when he marched to the cells to join sherly cwele on friday!