Magistrate rejects Jub Jub testimony

2012-10-16 10:43

Johannesburg - A Protea Court magistrate on Tuesday rejected musician Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye’s version of events for an alleged drag-racing incident in March 2010 when four schoolchildren were killed.

Magistrate Brian Nemavhidi also said Maarohanye couldn’t explain his car’s skid marks on the road.

Nemavhidi also accepted urine samples as evidence and said they were not tampered with and that cellphone footage of the alleged incident was not compromised.

The court was packed on Tuesday with friends and family of the schoolchildren.

Maarohanye and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala showed no emotion as they listened to the summary of witnesses and police in their trial, a Sapa reporter said.

Tshabalala, dressed in a suit, and Maarohanye, in a tan leather jacket and braided hair, did not look at each other once during Nemavhidi's summary.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala allegedly drag-raced 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.

A court official earlier on Tuesday asked people in the second and third rows of the court to make space for the families and friends of the schoolchildren.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala are charged with murder, reckless driving, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and failing to assess the injuries of the victims.

Both have pleaded not guilty.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-16 10:45


      bloulig.brigadeer.3 - 2012-10-16 10:53

      That can only mean that the judge does not believe Jub Jub so his is definitely going to be found guilty... Your going away for a long time boeta!

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-10-16 11:00

      Let me tell you whats going to happen. They will be found guilty and sentenced to 15 years in jail and then they will appeal at the Gauteng High Court which will take another 2-3years and when the case if finally heard, the initial judgement will be upheld and then they will approach the SCA to try and get the judgement overturned which will take about a year or two.........*sigh* in a nutshell these idiots will not see a day in jail. mark my words

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-10-16 11:02

      Finally. This rotten Jub Jub must go to jail.

      john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-10-16 11:10

      Jup andrea, thats all i got to say to except hope the sentence fits the crime.

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-10-16 11:26

      How can they even try and get away with what they have done!!!!

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-16 11:41

      Bye bye! Good riddance!

      koo.doyle - 2012-10-16 11:43

      I don't think jail is an appropriate sentence. All it will do is cost the taxpayer money. They should be put to work, and every cent they earn should go to the victims' families. For the rest of their lives. Save jail for violent criminals.

  • philani.goba - 2012-10-16 10:50

    it looks bleak for him..I hope he gets nailed big time!

  • norman.motlhabani - 2012-10-16 10:53

    they must say their goodbyes now.

  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-10-16 10:55

    Lookiing good

  • khumo.tsoai - 2012-10-16 10:55

    aye ye

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-10-16 10:57

    not surprised at all, can we now proceed and close this case to allow the families of the victims to find closure? the next headline i want to read about relating to Jub Jub is how he dragged his way to Bra Stukies cell and how it feels to sleep facing downward - deal?

  • Hemlock - 2012-10-16 10:58

    Hopefully justice will prevail and these 2 will get a very long sentence in the BIG HOUSE!

  • stephenmonama - 2012-10-16 11:00

    Jub Jub is going DOWN...

  • musamuskid - 2012-10-16 11:01

    Sad short story #moving on

      dumisani.masilela.35 - 2012-10-16 13:20

      He should get 20yrs from each kid. This has being dragging for long if you where just an ordinary person i`m telling you where long time gone. Let the poor families have their own peace of mind.

  • Hemlock - 2012-10-16 11:03

    Give them what they deserve....A life sentence without the possibility of parole!

      Andrea - 2012-10-16 11:08

      3 years then? The preferential treatment of some in our society is blatant. Let's see what happens.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-10-16 11:05

    Hopefully, this will bring closure for the parents of the dead children and while know it will not bring the children back at least those responsible will be punished for their actions. The two accused must be punished in accordance with the law and ask the parents of the slain children for forgiveness. Amen

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-16 11:06

    I don't think it's just a misdemeanor luzuko. It was using drugs, then racing down a crowded street, and KILLING four innocent victims. These count as very serious offences. Misdemeanors are shoplifting,public indecency etc. If there is a newborn baby, it was conceived after the incident. This may indicate that he is now going to try and use his new fatherhood as a mitigating factor during sentencing proceedings. The magistrate should then take into consideration that he knew what could happen to him if found guilty, and lend less weight to that factor.The incident of course drastically impacted on the lives of many other people who lost their loved ones due to this, and that should weigh heavily against the accused.

  • mishal.booley - 2012-10-16 11:07

    So when do they go to jail exactly?

  • lethabo.ledwaba1 - 2012-10-16 11:08


  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-10-16 11:09

    What is happening to Jub Jub is not justice but mob justice in the form of revenge. It is clear even to the retards that he is genuinely apologetic about his actions. The problem of drug and alcohol abuse is a societal one that the magistrate has to ponder. Instead of throwing him in the dungeons he should rather look for a more progressive solution that will deal with this scourge. I have always said that community service, and making him the ambassador for campaigns like Love Life+, or Molosongololo, will go a long way in addressing this scourge of doping abuse in our community. Sending a first time offender like him to rot in jail is not only counter-productive, it is not in the spirit of promoting justice for all, but it just feeds into those who are thirsty for blood and not justice!

      brian.robertson.16940 - 2012-10-16 11:13

      Phumi, Ask the parents of the children killed what they think.

      verlene.abdol - 2012-10-16 11:17

      What is happening to Jub Jub is justice... what about those 4 boys' families... where is the closure for them? Sending Jub Jub to jail will be a clear message to all who think they can do the same!! There are consequences for bad decisions, no matter how remorseful you are!

      constance.jooste - 2012-10-16 11:29

      stop fooling yourself my dear....he is not sorry about anything except his Fresh Meat time in jail...and he is pretty. Get your head out of your a#%e. They are both they can repent at leisure..

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-16 11:33

      They are lucky that our country does not have the death sentence anymore, they might qualify.

      sibu.malusi - 2012-10-16 11:35

      Although there's merit in what you're saying bro, this would promote the idea that your actions have no consequences. And that's a BIG problem, not only in SA, but in the world. People need to learn to take responsibility for their actions. Do be under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and do illegal street racing in a crowded area, is a recipe for disaster. Jub & his friend knew this, yet they chose to ignore reality.

      mikey.scholtz.7 - 2012-10-16 11:42

      Phumi, the only message that that will send is that it is okay to break the law while on drugs. Why is everything society's fault? What happened to taking responsibilities for your own actions? Jub Jub was leading a far better life than the average person in SA and chose to take drugs and abuse alcohol, you can't blame his abuse and the direct consequences of this on his circumstances, free will was involved.

      rory.audie - 2012-10-16 11:59

      Phumi, we lack responsibility for ones actions in this country so so so much. How can you ever condone drag racing under the influence in a crowded street, and killing and maiming children, with a stint in community service etc? Get real man! These two HAVE to do hard time in JAIL. Now if only our politicians were held responsible for their actions this country may be able to be saved...

      hayley.fredericks.9 - 2012-10-16 12:00

      Are you for real?

      paul.makhudu1 - 2012-10-16 12:02

      @phumi if they were apologetic they should not have wasted the courts time.they should have pleaded guilty to their crimes but no they started by blaming each other, then they blamed the witnesses and on top of that they plead not guilty to their crime! so tell us how and when were they apologetic?first time offenders or not they have to pay for what they did!

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-16 12:09

      @phumi.ntlabati:)if indeed Jub-Jub was sorry as you allude in your statement he would have gone the way of a plea-bargaining with the state in terms of section 105A Criminal Procedure Act, and admit every evidence that the state has against him, he did not. In terms of section 1(2) of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1 of 1988 a person who voluntarily consumes alcohol or uses any other drug, commits an offence is guilty of such offence. Why this law? It was promulgated because when people went to court they always blamed alcohol and drugs. So, sorry boet, they made their beds so they must lie it. finish and klaar.

      koo.doyle - 2012-10-16 13:01

      I agree. Save jail for violent criminals, and let these two pay back their debt to society and the families in other ways. Let all their earnings go to the families, and give them a ton of community service. At least then the families will be getting something back. For murder, there really has to be intent. While these two did something incredibly stupid and selfish, I don't think they intended to kill the kids. Wasting the taxpayers money keeping them in jail is not the solution. Let them do something useful to pay their debt.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-10-16 11:09

    Hang them high

  • mdu.s.khumalo - 2012-10-16 11:15

    Chickens are coming home to roast.

  • mshiniboys - 2012-10-16 11:17

    where is the final verdict we were promised last week again?

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-16 11:33

      It will probably start raining again soon?

  • john.p.steyn - 2012-10-16 11:20

    Pappa wag vir jou.

  • dineo.leshika.5 - 2012-10-16 11:20

    Say bye bye to fancy clothes,Hello orange uniform mamas boy lol

  • musa.mohapi.3 - 2012-10-16 11:22


  • Tawizee - 2012-10-16 11:22

    Can they be speedily send to jail already.

  • khaedu - 2012-10-16 11:24


      khaedu - 2012-10-16 11:40

      Jail them and get done with this, taking long

  • Proudly Me - 2012-10-16 11:24

    pappa wag vir jou....hope you get raped....d**s

  • mfana.khuzwayo.1 - 2012-10-16 11:24

    He will be in/an out in 6 months on Medical Parole. Mark my words.

  • mxolisi.x.mazibuko - 2012-10-16 11:27

    I just hope the judgement is going to be fair, as it would be the case to a lame man. Judges, should disregard the status of the accuse and rely on procedures, other than they feel about JubJub's status!

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-10-16 11:29

    Now your bitch bait dude. Get the Vaseline out

  • maake.steven - 2012-10-16 11:29

    why is this trial taking so long 2010 till 2012 our justice system is so slow in handling thse matters special if there is a celebrity involvd,just lock thse boys away so that they can learn to behave

  • omega.maphanga - 2012-10-16 11:34

    Send those inkwenkwes to Sun City.....hungry lions are waiting 4 them.

  • raymond.lloyd.73 - 2012-10-16 11:35

    Both pleaded not guilty . So who was driving their cars ? Society does not tell someone to drink , take drugs and race in public !!!The arrogance shown by these drug addicts by racing in a street is a sign of social sickness . I will beat you to the next robot ....screw those people on the pavements ,they can watch if they like . Ask the families of the deceased if they think these two are not guilty . The photos of the cars shows severe damage , as caused by high speed , not the 60 km per hour legal limit . If justice can rise above the lies told in the court then these two guys will wear orange overalls for a long time and they can be used as examples to the youth .Maybe they will get medical parole after being raped in jail .

      hlengiwe.dube.7503 - 2012-10-16 11:55

      This whole getting raped in jail practise scares the life out of me.I wish our system could protect them somehow as well.They are already punished by being locked up,but they have to endure that pain and humiliation of being the new Dina....worse Jub Jub is cute. He will be entering the lions den.*cringe*

  • sharon.themba - 2012-10-16 11:37

    What's more important is for the family to get justice. Closure is very much important. May God bless

  • Erna - 2012-10-16 11:38

    At least this seems to be going the right way!

      manando.vukeya - 2012-10-16 11:48

      they must charge that bcoz u can drive the faster speed in the location

  • bongani.mthembu.7 - 2012-10-16 11:46

    Icala livula ingubo lingene. I am sure where they are they wish they could turn back the hands of time. It could have been anyone of us. Only those without sin or who are blameless should cast the first stone.

      rory.audie - 2012-10-16 12:03

      Anyone of us who CHOOSE to drink, take drugs and then speed recklessly down the crowded street. Sure, accidents tend to happen when you combine all of the above....Hell it could of been me. Oh wait, I have a sense of guess that rules me out?

  • Snazy.mntuwomntu - 2012-10-16 11:49

    Tick-Tock Tick-Tock its over JubJub orange jumpsuit is waiting for you

  • piet.dom.5 - 2012-10-16 11:50

    They are allready getting his trousers ready in jail with a zip at the back. Ha..ha

  • hosia.modiga - 2012-10-16 11:51

    Jail sentence please news24???

      sk.vanderwhatever - 2012-10-16 12:09

      LOL.!what has N24 got to do with judgement?

  • hlengiwe.dube.7503 - 2012-10-16 11:52

    How many times have celebrities come out and done awareness campaigns on drugs and alchohol abuse?How many times have they repeated the following statement to kids:"Drugs are bad, dont do drugs, stay in school". Then, they go back and snort coke and what have you?It is high time society(normal citizens,criminals,elite,celebrities) know and understand that every action has a repurcussion. You do good, you are blessed, you do bad, you suffer the consequences. Whether they are improsined or not, they are not going to bed with clear consciouses for a long time.No amount of jail time will bring these kids back, that is a reality. Let this be a lesson for society to learn.Dont drink and drive, its simple really. I just hope that God will one day restore peace and sanity into these families lives, and the boy whose brain has been reduced to a 2 year olds brain. #praying hard for SA#

      gndaba2 - 2012-10-16 12:10

      We don't want to know abt the dress codes what's the Verdict Maannnn!!!!!

      heiku.staude - 2012-10-16 12:47

      I've been praying hard against SA. Maybe my prayers have cancelled out yours. And before you accuse me of anything just remember this: It's in the bible.

  • paul.makhudu1 - 2012-10-16 11:52

    let justice prevail and i hope it will be to the deceased families benefit.

  • bongani.mthembu.7 - 2012-10-16 11:52

    Never kick a man when he is down. Tomorrow it will be you, what are you going to do?

      bonge.mpofu - 2012-10-16 11:56

      should we then tolerate negligence at the expense of people's lives? are you INSANE? do you know how it is to carry a child for nine months?

      patrick.pitjeng - 2012-10-16 11:59

      @bongani....Next time it will be your children killed..what would you do?

      loloyanga.waka - 2012-10-16 12:01

      Bongani you stupid fool shut the f...up

      bongani.mthembu.7 - 2012-10-16 12:03

      we were all carried for nine months, and we all going to die. Are you saying it was gona be less painfull if these kids died of drowning in the river for example? I dont see you saying anything about Bryce Moon, who also killed an innocent soul while driving under the influence of alcohol, I wonder what have you got against Jubjub. No amount of punishment will bring back those kids. We need to pray for everyone involved, cause non of them asked for it to happen, it was fate. I am not an empty vessel that makes a lot of noise without reasoning. We are all going to die, accept that and move on.

      bongani.mthembu.7 - 2012-10-16 12:08

      Who said i have never lost a child? See with me, I am strong in faith, and I believe that God will never forsake me, what i have does not make me, cause i can lose it tomorrow, i am talking from experience. We need to learn to forgive and move on.

      paul.makhudu1 - 2012-10-16 12:27

      do you have kids? and if yes i hope and pray that one day, one of them goes through what this kids went through! don't play the race game.bryce moon will also get his day in court.if it was a white driver you will be screaming your lungs out!stop playing the race game it is sickening to the core.

      mduduzi.consolation - 2012-10-16 12:40

      I wish jub jub kiled ppl lyk u.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-10-16 11:55

    When fame and wealth come to a young person....they have many directions to's sad that Jub Jub went for fast cars and drugs/drink...this is the result of his choice....he killed innocent teens...he must pay the price.....the law of life.

      mduduzi.consolation - 2012-10-16 12:36

      Dey hav made deir bed nw its tym dey slep on it.

  • magomarele - 2012-10-16 11:56

    Guilty verdict is eminent!

  • maphuti.mphulo - 2012-10-16 11:57

    if if they can send him to jail the life of innocent children will not come back his punishment must sing for free all money must be share by victim

      loloyanga.waka - 2012-10-16 12:04

      Is the money going to bring back the innocent children? Clearly u not thinking

  • godesha - 2012-10-16 11:59

    It can only be good when it starts like this. Let's hope for justice for the victims and their families.

  • lebo.maloka.56 - 2012-10-16 12:00

    This is not ayoba #confused face#

  • United.Red.Angel - 2012-10-16 12:03

    I fail to see the relevance of mentioning the accused's outfit choices.

  • bongane.zwane.948 - 2012-10-16 12:05

    I feel for them both because i know they are not killers.

      bongane.zwane.948 - 2012-10-16 12:19

      @ heart opps.

      bertha.elias1 - 2012-10-16 12:19

      they are many better pple to feel sorry fo not those ones my dear.

      bongane.zwane.948 - 2012-10-16 12:28

      God forgives.

      mduduzi.consolation - 2012-10-16 12:33

      Lord frgvs

      bongani.mthembu.7 - 2012-10-16 12:38

      I agree with you Bongz, they are not killers, it is sad indeed. They didnt ask for it to happen. May be going to jail is part of their fate.

      qaqamba.sihlangu - 2012-10-16 12:51

      They r killers dude these people they must rot in jail!wat were they thinkin!put this in ur shoes if u were the parents of those kids!

      bongane.zwane.948 - 2012-10-16 12:54

      guilty is the vedict. mistakes are apart of life and moving forward from them makes you wiser the next time you find yourself in such issues again.

  • AbrahamsTT - 2012-10-16 12:08

    BOTH ARE GUILTY...why deny it?the sentencing is gonna be hard...

  • maria.kave.5 - 2012-10-16 12:08

    Phumi - guess you've never lost a child but when that day comes you must think of me, it really hurts - that's all I can say.

  • edwardsch - 2012-10-16 12:14

    So, Mr Moderator. What happened to my response to phumi.ntlabati ? Scared to tackle this fool?

  • samuel.thomas.3538 - 2012-10-16 12:27

    how long wl he b gone is wat matters Nemavhidi