Jub Jub sits down as long judgment is read

2012-10-10 13:45

Johannesburg - Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala tested positive for cocaine and morphine, a Protea court magistrate said when reading out evidence during his judgment on Wednesday.

A post mortem revealed that the schoolchildren died of head injuries and multiple body injuries. One of the boys died of a broken neck, he read.

The Protea Magistrate's Court was handing down judgment in the murder trial of musician of Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala on Wednesday.

The Soweto courtroom was packed as Maarohanye and Tshabalala entered the dock, both wearing black suits.

Lawyer Mlungiseleleni Sovithi, for Tshabalala, asked Magistrate Brian Nemavhidi if the two could sit down, an hour into judgment.

Nemavhidi granted the request, indicating that judgment would be a lengthy process. More than 20 witnesses testified in the murder trial.

The two were allegedly drag-racing in Protea North in March 2010 when they crashed into a group of schoolchildren. Four boys were killed and two were seriously injured.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala are charged on 10 counts each, including murder, reckless driving, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and failing to assess the injuries of the victims. Both accused pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Friends and family of the schoolchildren and of Tshabalala and Maarohanye were present.

Police officers were at the entrance of the packed public gallery to ensure order and silence. They had asked a few people to leave the court and asked others not to enter, as it was full.

  • chris.debeer1 - 2012-10-10 13:48

    Lock them up!!!

      sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-10-10 14:02

      and when you find them guilty dont let them go home and 'report to jail to start serving sentence on monday', they must go to jail straight away !!!

      jackie.m.dickson - 2012-10-10 14:54

      Arrogant bastards. Hope they enjoy jail.

      Erna - 2012-10-10 14:57

      So you approve of them getting away with it, Philemon

      abra.kadaver.1 - 2012-10-10 15:08

      I think Philemon is saying that to Jub Jub .

      sean.carbutt - 2012-10-10 15:09

      @philemon, tell you what, you lie down in the road and let us drive over you a couple of times. Let us know how you feel afterwards. Cool with that. idiot

      christopher.shining - 2012-10-10 16:04

      he still has time to go to the hairdressers...bubba is going to like you!!

      Mark - 2012-10-11 03:23

      He will soon be 'sitting' on something else... maybe Malema's lap.

      nathan.g.moss - 2012-10-11 11:31

      Jub Jub if I was you I would enjoy the feeling of sitting down because once you spend one night in prison you will never be able to sit down without your A$$ hurting.

  • arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-10-10 13:53

    They Will Have enough time to sit. Let Them Stand!!! Buggers!!

      maree.cassie - 2012-10-11 11:17

      Let justice be served...for once!!!

  • Bongani Shibambu - 2012-10-10 13:54

    lock them up and throw the key away

  • heini.botes - 2012-10-10 13:54

    Jub Jub sits down as long judgement is read......and this is news because??? #confused

      gerald.umraw - 2012-10-10 14:19

      yes it shows his blatant disregard for authority, that he sits down when judgement is being passed even if he did request it and was granted by the judge. I bet it will not go down well with the judge when it comes to mitigation of sentencing.

  • bloulig.brigadeer.3 - 2012-10-10 13:55

    Hang the bastard!!!!

  • vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2012-10-10 13:59

    so whats the judgement???? can you please wait until the final judgement is given then u can give us the news!!!

      Bahle Mathe - 2012-10-10 14:05

      Exactly News 24 is desperate for news. I mean \Jub jub Sits dowb as long judgment is read\ REALY ???

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-10 14:24

      It sounds bad for them, some people like getting updates.

  • johan.jacobs.33821 - 2012-10-10 14:02

    Life sounds fine.

  • nicki.earle - 2012-10-10 14:03

    Lock them up for good, they have destroyed all those family's lives. They deserve the max sentence possibe for taking the lives of these innocent children. There are far too many lives lost in car accidents, it's time to make a proper stand. Enough is enough.

  • Panayoti Stavrinos - 2012-10-10 14:04

    They must stand in respect of the justice system this is why for as long as judgments have been handed to criminal they must bow or stand in respect. they must stand so the full repercussion of their idiocy sinks in.

  • lulama - 2012-10-10 14:04

    Must be slow day at News24...really U are telling us the guys are sitting down?

  • Neal Sing - 2012-10-10 14:06

    Nothing is going to happen to them.He is rich and famous so he will walk free--Part of the untouchable Black Elite!

      archie.mooki - 2012-10-10 15:19

      say that again RICH oops I must be a tycoon

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-10-10 14:09

    We are pleading leniency and a progressive punishment for Jub Jub. If our courts can let off the hook easily those coming from the paler section of our society, to note Bees Roux for example, surely we can also do it for Maarohanye! Drugs and alcohol abuse is a societal problem and he was the victim of this scourge! The least our courts can do is to release him to correct his wrong by doing community work the least, like being an ambassador for Love Life or Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)), to teach our teenagers about the dangers of drugs!

      jay.reede - 2012-10-10 14:23

      Oh please ... the killed officer was corrupt and threatening Bees. Stupid to compare these 2 cases !

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-10 14:23

      A better way to teach our children about drugs is to lock them up when someone is killed, 4 children made it worse. He can do community service after 10 years in jail?

      gerald.umraw - 2012-10-10 14:24

      lol are you serious again? Stop with the nonchalant attitude towards life. How could one possibly be an ambassador to any sort of goodwill particularly when one has destroyed four innocent lives and robbed their families of the joy and laughter they will never experience again in this lifetime?

      teresa.villarini - 2012-10-10 14:26

      And the children that died? Did they deserve to die because he was taking drugs? He should not have been driving while taking drugs and drinking! Those parents are never going to see their children grow up! He took their life by being a f***ken idiot ! Its not about race its about what s right and wrong!

      Annelize Grobler - 2012-10-10 14:57

      @phumi = mamparra....... how did you get to this conclusion ????

      tim.brink.1238 - 2012-10-10 15:37

      The victims here are kids, not a corrupt cop, hijacking a vehicle who got dealt with by an angry and violated Bees. Leniency for Jub Jub and co would constitute 15 years: and they would be out after 7 for good behavior.

      boipelo.semausu - 2012-10-10 15:49

      @Mpumi, you cnt be serious, Children died!!!

      katrina.hentze.ahrens - 2012-10-11 10:19

      Phumi... did the paler section of our society kill four children and maim two?? Taking drugs is your OWN choice... you are a victim of your OWN decisions.

      rob.gunning.1 - 2012-10-11 10:43

      Why don't we just close down the courts and let everyone go free. This isn't a race issue you fukwad!

      karin.celliers - 2012-10-11 16:00

      When you are stupid you are stupid. Who cares what an idiot like you thinks.

      angela.nair.3 - 2012-10-16 10:39

      This is so sad - how on earth can you find precedents in other cases and compare it to Jub Jub - Tell that to the parents of the BLACK kids that was killed - tell them that the murderers should walk free because some white man also walked free! I would shun any society that makes murderers, rapists and thieves their ambassadors - its a sad day when we the citizens of our country has lost direction - four innocent young people got killed - and suddenly its a race issue - Hello - the victims and the killers are black.....

  • darryl.maze.5 - 2012-10-10 14:09

    Why let them sit??? Let the murders stand and sweat it out. I hope they get the book thrown at them. Life sentence for each child and no parole.

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-10-10 16:44

      Let them stand barefoot on broken glass

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-10-10 14:10

    Its not looking my man its not looking good, if i were you i would start looking forward to the idea of having Bra Stukie on my back every night - i know its frightning but its reality, like i said you should have accepted resposibility on day one and offered to compensate the families instead of playing hide and seek and now you only made things worse for yourself but i guess you will buy time an appeal but like Sheryl Cwele it might not work in your favour, so you really need to think hard and start living with the thoughts of having Bra Stukie as your cell mate

  • rheinhard.silima - 2012-10-10 14:12

    if u dnt lock them up,we strike aswell,we also lost our beloved bcoz of kinda drivers

  • jacob.limapo - 2012-10-10 14:17

    Let them stand up or kill them

  • jacob.limapo - 2012-10-10 14:22


      henry.vanderburpenfart - 2012-10-11 16:32

      you left your capslock on.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-10 14:28

    Didn't Malema take this man KFC after his arrest?? Chicken finished now, his ar**hole is gona be the sticky box to put the left over bones in in prison!!

  • Hamisi Musiiwa - 2012-10-10 14:30

    khavha farelwe havha vhathu vhu khakhi vhu kha muthu munwe na munwe a huna muthu anotoufuna u tshaisa vhana nga khole zwi a i tea badani

  • flysouth - 2012-10-10 14:32

    "tested positive for cocaine and morphine" - judge - don't bother reading any more just lack the oxygen thief up for a long time!

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-10-10 14:34

    @ arthurenlouise.tarr You should hope it never happens. Secondly, if you read my comment again you might just realize what it actually says. Exactly the opposite of what you sumise it does. And you might just start reading some of the other comments on this forum which are clearly not intended to be sarcastic in which attacks and crimes against certain groups in this country is being sugar coated almost every day.

  • mokheled - 2012-10-10 14:35

    They were sitting whilst driving to kill them kids, let it be a an example that the famous can be brought to justice. life sentence no parole.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-10 14:37

    Well, the magistrate did say that they tested positive for cocaine and morphine, at least that is not "alleged" anymore. Sounds to me like the start of a guilty verdict. A VERY guilty one, I hope.

  • imatheba - 2012-10-10 14:39

    I feel sorry 4 Themba ex classmate @ Athlone boys high school...

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-10 15:00

      Maybe they are another: "The devil mad me do it"

      lunga.matsikechangu - 2012-10-10 16:28

      Was he a drop out.ex or former

  • amanda.rodrigues.5477 - 2012-10-10 14:40

    It’s really sad how these 2 guys made a really bad call and killed innocent children, I have no idea what would be right or wrong here? As I know they didn’t mean to do that but children died!!!! very sad!!!

      Andrea - 2012-10-10 14:50

      So sad that someone like you is allowed to vote, especially since you "have no idea what would be right or wrong here". The punishment should fit the crime. Have any ideas yet?

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-10 15:03

      They probably "made bad calls" before but the first time that people were killed, although it was not planned. This stays murder in my mind, should get at least 15 years behind bars.

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-10-10 16:52

      @deon: I hope you mean 15 years PER dead child, 60 in total

  • christopher.tarboton - 2012-10-10 14:48

    Arrogant little SoB. I remember him appearing on Survivor Celebrity and he didn't last on there. He came across as a spoilt little jerk. My fingers are crossed that he gets his just desserts.

  • elijah.diale - 2012-10-10 14:48

    these guys must go to jail already. their recklessnes killed and maimed the poor kids. just because the children are/were not famous, it doesnt mean the law has to be slow. take them to jail already!!

  • Bradley Froud - 2012-10-10 14:48

    They are not above the law. They are murderers and should be hung!

  • darrel.botes - 2012-10-10 14:49

    Not much happening in the world if the breaking news story is that a Judge says you can sit down. Can't wait for the follow up story - "Judge orders JuB Jub to stand"

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-10 14:58

      It is better than to talk about Rugby, Cricket or Strikes for me.

  • Khomotso - 2012-10-10 15:00

    Jub jub just let the law take its course

  • Chriskoi1 - 2012-10-10 15:10

    Yes let them sing for PAPA while he have sex with them INJOY IT PAPPA

  • johanes.ntoagae - 2012-10-10 15:14

    temba n jub jub must b an example,,tat no mattr how femous u can b but u a not above te law,,so let te law takes it couse,,jailed,,

  • dalai.rama.9 - 2012-10-10 15:19

    he could be given a suspended sentence or out on 'medical' parole.

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2012-10-10 19:29

      how many years sentenced?

  • nkhensane - 2012-10-10 15:22

    Let the law take its course

  • chris.phago - 2012-10-10 16:13


      henry.vanderburpenfart - 2012-10-11 16:30

      you left your capslock on

  • arthur.reddy.3 - 2012-10-10 16:18

    Put these peanuts away for life

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-10-10 16:36

    Is this really the headline? Am I reading it wrong? Please tell me that an accused's bodily position in court is not a matter of national interest!

      Harold Chisimba - 2012-10-11 11:04

      vernom-Ialso wonder how is it newsworthy.

  • mari.buitendag - 2012-10-10 16:52


      henry.vanderburpenfart - 2012-10-11 16:31

      you left your capslock on

  • ally.oh.7 - 2012-10-10 16:53

    Judgement day --- yippeee yey

  • patsy.smith.125 - 2012-10-10 18:07

    I wonder how soon it'll be before they suddenly fall ill with a deadly condition and get let out on medical parole

  • Marcia Maza Monyake - 2012-10-10 18:54

    jubjub u n ur maaitjie r in fr s***t u both knw that u deserv a life setenve,wish u guys wer in botswana

  • mpho.pink1 - 2012-10-10 19:42

    And they both pleaded not guilty to all 10 accounts, unbelievable! I hope they both get life sentences.

  • nofikathiniskeyi.eunice - 2012-10-10 19:43

    jub jub uyoqamela ngenqindi kwanja zothumlilo sekuseduze

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-10-10 21:07

    Solitary Confinement for these two Parasites, Never to see daylight again. They took 4 young lives, and as there is no Death Sentence in S.A. this is the only punishment they should be given. I hope they die in Prison.

  • lchimukundi - 2012-10-10 21:10

    It high time they gt a finally sentence...

  • Clerance Lephaka - 2012-10-10 21:54

    Its a matter of time to face da music son,u disrespect people cos u r a mediorcle celebrity.

  • thokozane.olben - 2012-10-10 22:28

    Jub jub is simply like every other human being,the fact that he is a musician doesnt make him different from other people.\r\nhow many people who destroyed inocent lives are out there living laxarious life style?\r\nPeople Jub jub surving all those years you fill he should wont bring back those children lets step aside and let the law take its course

  • megan.perrow - 2012-10-10 23:03

    How the F Can they even have no shame to plead not guilty, obviously no remorse whatsoever so NONE should be shown to them with judgement!

  • athenkositistnhonto.gogo - 2012-10-11 00:03

    And there I was reading in anticipation,looking forward to the part stating the ACTUAL sentence..but as usual news24 is jst stringing us hai inene!

  • arthur.christie.3 - 2012-10-11 01:03


      henry.vanderburpenfart - 2012-10-11 16:32

      you left your capslock on.