Jub Jub wanted to be home for Xmas

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Hip-hop singer Molemo “Jub Jub” Maaro­hanye is “dis­ap­pointed” he won’t be free by Christ­mas, ac­cord­ing to a fam­ily friend.

Maaro­hanye and his co-ac­cused, Themba Tsha­bal­ala, had their mur­der con­vic­tions over­turned at the South Gaut­eng High Court in Joburg on Wed­nes­day, but they’re both still set to spend at least another two years in prison.

The fam­ily friend, who asked not to be named, told City Press he’d spo­ken to the mu­si­cian after Wed­nes­day’s rul­ing. Tsha­bal­ala and Maaro­hanye’s sen­tences were re­duced to cul­pa­ble homi­cide.

The two were ar­rested, jailed and con­victed after a car race in March 2010 left four school­child­ren dead and two oth­ers with brain dam­age.

The fam­ily friend said: “It’s un­for­tu­nate that things didn’t go his [Maaro­hanye’s] way. But he is a strong man – he will sur­vive.” Jub Jub’s mother, Jackie Maaro­hanye – known by her nick­name “Mama Jackie” – promised she’d talk to City Press about her son, then hung up and did not re­turn later calls.

A woman who in­tro­duced her­self as Tsha­bal­ala’s mother let City Press into the fam­ily home in Diep­kloof, Soweto, but then re­fused to com­ment on the rul­ing.

“I’m sorry. I have no com­ment. If I knew you were from the press, I wouldn’t have al­lowed you in my house,” she said ir­ri­ta­bly, ask­ing us to leave.

But Tsha­bal­ala’s un­cle, Abby, said the fam­ily was happy with the rul­ing and feels it is fair.

“But we still be­lieve we owe the vic­tims’ fam­i­lies an apol­ogy. We are hop­ing that one day we will make peace with them,” said Abby.

Asked whether there would be a fam­ily cel­e­bra­tion now that Tsha­bal­ala’s jail term has been short­ened, he said: “There’s noth­ing to cel­e­brate. Lives were lost when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred.”

Mean­while, his sen­tence might have been re­duced, but Maaro­hanye’s le­gal bills are still sky-high. In June last year, it was re­ported that the rap­per’s for­mer lawyer, Ike Mot­loung, who rep­re­sented him for two years, had sued Mama Jackie, Jub Jub’s fa­ther Syd­ney and two sis­ters, Katiso and Ti­ietso, be­cause they still owed him R350 000, in­clud­ing in­ter­est.

Mot­loung told City Press on Fri­day he still hadn’t been paid. “Yes, I sued four peo­ple and now their de­fence is that I was in­structed by Jub Jub to han­dle the case [and so he should pay].

“It isn’t true be­cause I was ap­pointed by his par­ents. Jub Jub had no money from the first day I was in­structed to han­dle his case – he never paid me a cent.”

The fam­ily friend told City Press Jub Jub’s le­gal bills to­tal more than R2 mil­lion and that close friends and rel­a­tives are try­ing to set­tle the debt.

One of Mama Jackie’s friends, who also spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity, said Jub Jub’s mother had al­ready paid Mot­loung almost R1 mil­lion.

Mot­loung would not con­firm or deny this fig­ure, although he said a “sub­stan­tial” amount had been paid into his ac­count.

At­tempts to con­tact Maaro­hanye’s cur­rent lawyer, Rudi Krause, were un­suc­cess­ful. NOT FREE YET Molemo Maaro­hanye

dur­ing an ap­pear­ance at the Protea Mag­is­trates’ Court in 2012

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