Jub Jub Found Guilty
As reported by www.citypress.co.za & news24.com:
Musician Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala were found guilty on four counts of murder and two of attempted murder in the Protea Magistrates’ Court.
Magistrate Brian Nemavhidi also convicted them of racing on a public road and driving while under the influence of drugs.
“The death of the deceased occurred as a result of the driving of those vehicles and as such accused are convicted of driving their vehicles while under the influence of drugs,” he said today.
School children broke down and started crying when judgment was handed down, and a mother of one of the victims fainted.
Four teenage boys were killed when Maarohanye and Tshabalala ploughed their Mini Coopers into them on Mdlalose Street in Protea North in March 2010 while drag-racing.
Two others were critically injured.
A red-eyed Jub Jub played with his hands while Nemavhidi delivered the judgment.
He struggled to hold back the tears when Nemavhidi told of how the children were so excited to see the celebrity that they took out their cellphones to take pictures of Jub Jub before the incident in March 2010.
The accused were found not guilty on a charge of failing to assess the injuries of the victims on the scene of the accident
Magistrate Brian Nemavhidi said in order to be granted bail, the accused needed to prove exceptional circumstances.
“Both the accused had ample time, two months, to get their houses in order,” he said. “Application denied. Postponed to 30 November for sentencing.”
The State argued that Maarohanye was a flight risk as he had already tried to go to Nigeria and Mozambique, countries with no extradition laws with South Africa, for business.
Maarohanye had claimed the bail application was not about him, as he had 17 employees and wanted to ensure the business and his 2-year-old son were taken care of.
“It’s not about me… I already knew my life was over on Friday,” he said.