Jub Jub uyajola 9/9?

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Molemo 'Jub Jub' Maarohanye. Photo: Moeletsi Mabe/Gallo Images
Molemo 'Jub Jub' Maarohanye. Photo: Moeletsi Mabe/Gallo Images


It seems that controversial TV presenter Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye has been caught in his own behind-the-scenes episode of Uyajola 9/9, as his fiancée, Tumi Mthembu (35), accuses him of being disloyal.

Maarohanye is reportedly in another long-term relationship with a woman known as Zenith “Zee” Mia, and is living with her at her home in Johannesburg’s upmarket Eye of Africa golf and residential estate.

Talking to City Press on Friday, Mthembu, a senior TV accounts manager, said she had unwittingly been the “other woman” in the rapper’s life after dating him for 19 years – she even waited for him while he served his prison sentence.

Mthembu also shared numerous proofs of payment ranging from R2 000 to R50 000, showing that she had been bankrolling the star’s flashy lifestyle for years.

READ: Jub Jub returns to Uyajola 9/9 after 'stringent sensitivity training'

“What makes me angry is that I’ve been here. I’ve been highly supportive. I’ve forgiven him for girls like Amanda [du-Pont], Kelly Khumalo and all the others who I don’t even know. I believed that, this time around, he really wanted to grow and do right.

She said: 

Even when he was in jail, I was always there. We were always stable. I would visit him with his family. I genuinely love him. The last straw for me was what he did on his birthday. It became clear to me that he never loved me, but he was simply using me.

Mthembu, who has close connections in the media industry, said she was part of a team that had sanitised and rehabilitated Maarohanye’s public image in 2017 after he had served just over four years of a 10-year prison sentence for culpable homicide.

“The woman who’s known in public as his wife isn’t his wife. She’s just another one of the women he’s currently dating. She doesn’t know about me. According to her, she’s his main partner and that’s what we all think because that’s what he wants us to think,” she said.

“His strategy is that he puts a ring on your finger and says the two of you are engaged. He told me not to post any of our pictures on social media because he didn’t want his future wife to be known in the media. So, all this time, I’ve been thinking that he’s with me, but it was just a strategy for him to date both of us.”

Maarohanye is the host of popular Moja Love show Uyajola 9/9, which focuses on exposing cheating partners.

Mthembu said she had suspected that Maarohanye was dating other women, but her fears came true when a close celebrity friend of his sat her down recently and told her about the woman with whom he has living.

“When I went to his house [before finding out that he was living with another woman], he told me I wasn’t allowed to go upstairs. I asked why and he said he was going through a traditional healing process and had been told not to let a woman into his bedroom. I don’t know anything about traditional things, so I just let it go,” she said.

The rapper proposed to Mthembu with a diamond ring in December, just after allegations of sexual assault were levelled against him by actress Du-Pont and former Metro FM host Masechaba Khumalo.

Mthembu said she had also found out that he was living with a woman during a video call when she spotted women’s underwear in Maarohanye’s home.

He had video-called me a few days before his birthday when he was about to take a shower. [He had his phone with him] and, as we were talking, I noticed pink underwear in the background and I asked him to zoom in on it. I think it hit him that I’d seen it and he said it wasn’t underwear, but scrubbing gloves. Then he quickly ended the video call.

“My intuition had been telling me [that something was wrong], but I couldn’t pinpoint what was happening. I’d lend him my car and he’d disappear for days, with his phone switched off. Also, the fact that I wasn’t allowed to come and sleep over was weird, because he’s always been able to sleep over at my house and come and go as he pleased,” she said.

Mthembu revealed that she had also supported the star financially: “He doesn’t have money. He doesn’t have a car. He’s broke and he’s using women to fund his lifestyle. He always wanted to paint a façade that he was wealthy. The house he’s living in belongs to that other woman. I asked him how he came to own a house so soon after being released from prison. He only earns R170 000 from Moja Love and it all goes towards his debts. I even had to pay for another one of his cars,”

She said she had given him R100 000 on his birthday in June after he had asked for money for a business venture. 

The record of a payment made to Molemo Maarohanye.
The record of a payment made to Molemo Maarohanye.

“He just said I was going to be proud of him because he was tired of asking me for money. He said he had a shop with which he wanted to surprise me. I deposited the money and then he switched off his phone. The next day, he said his boss had called and told him to come to a photoshoot,” said Mthembu.

In screenshots of what are believed to be last text conversations between Maarohanye and Mthembu on his birthday, the star asked her for R100 000, saying he wanted to buy stock for his business.

In another screenshot of a conversation from that day, the couple was arguing because he had cancelled his plans to spend his birthday with Mthembu, saying that his CEO Aubrey Tau had booked him for a photoshoot in another province.

In the message, he wrote: “My dad was disappointed in Aubrey he saw the email. Do you want me to show you? Why would I cancel on you?”

He added: “When you have to go work everything stops. Why is it a problem when they send me to work?”

To which Mthembu responded: “I heard a woman’s voice [with you] last night and that’s why you hung up.”

READ: Moja Love suspends Uyajola 9/9 host Jub Jub after rape allegations

By the time of going to print, Maarohanye had not responded to questions sent to him through his publicist at Moja Love, Nonzwakazi Cekete.

Earlier in the week, City Press had asked him about the premiere of the new season of his show and he had said he was excited about its return.

“This time around, if I have to rush to expose a cheating partner [on the show], I’ll be using a chopper. I keep hearing people saying that I won’t be able to get into estates or gated communities, but, wherever I can land, I’ll land. Wait and watch. I don’t care about biometrics or boom gates – once I get there, I’ll expose your cheating ways. If your partner calls me there, you and I will be having breakfast, lunch or dinner together. It all depends on the time of day,” he laughed.

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