Jub Jub's fam­ily fall apart

Jail­bird's par­ents in bit­ter di­vorce bat­tle

Sunday World - - Front Page - ng­wakom@sun­day­world.co.za NG­WAKO MALATJI

HIP-HOP star Molemo “Jub Jub” Maaro­hanye ’ s stormy love af­fair with “vir­gin” Kelly Khu­malo hit the skids early last year, and now his par­ents’ mar­riage is also in the dumps.

Sun­day World can ex­clu­sively re­veal that Jub Jub’s par­ents, Syd­ney and Jacqueline “Mama Jackie” Maaro­hanye, are em­broiled in a bit­ter di­vorce bat­tle that will see them fight over their es­tate, which in­cludes two houses, a butch­ery and a fleet of cars.

While they slug it out, their son will be head­ing to the Supreme Court of Ap­peal in Bloem­fontein to try to get out of jail.

Five in­de­pen­dent sources – two rel­a­tives, two neigh­bours and one fam­ily friend – told Sun­day World that Syd­ney va­cated the fa mily house in Na­turena, south of Joburg, to­wards the end of the artist’s trial about two years ago.

He now lives in a house the cou­ple bought in 2006 in Glen Ridge, Soweto, when they were still hap­pily mar­ried.

Speak­ing to Sun­day World at the house on Fri­day, Syd­ney, a mar­ket­ing guru and busi­ness­man, con­firmed that his union with Mama Jackie has dis­in­te­grated and that di­vorce pro­ceed­ings were un­der way.

“I can con­firm that I have sep­a­rated from my wife and the sep­a­ra­tion was not am­i­ca­ble. It was very ac­ri­mo­nious, but this is a pri­vate mat­ter which I pre­fer not to dis­cuss with the me­dia,” he said.

A close rel­a­tive, who did not want to be named, said Syd­ney va­cated the mar­i­tal house af­ter ob­tain­ing a pro­tec­tion or­der against his wife fol­low­ing a se­ries of al­leged vi­o­lent do­mes­tic squab­bles.

Mama Jackie, once found guilty of kid­nap­ping, con­firmed there was a pro­tec­tion or­der against her.

The rel­a­tive added that al­though the cou­ple had sev­eral prob­lems, the straw that broke the camel’s back was when Mama Jackie al­legedly ac­cused Jub Jub and Khu­malo of try­ing to hook up Syd­ney with the mother of the Qi­ne­sela hit­maker.

“This did not only ir­ri­tate Syd­ney, but it also af­fected him emo­tion­ally, psy­cho­log­i­cally and other­wise be­cause it hap­pened at the time when he was try­ing to save his son from go­ing to jail. It was so lu­di­crous,” the rel­a­tive said.

The rel­a­tive said that when Khu­malo fell preg­nant, Mama Jackie al­legedly told the fam­ily that the child was not Jub Jub’s and de­manded pa­ter­nity tests on be­half of the Ndikhokhele hit­maker.

Mama Jackie, through her lawyer, Isa Vorster, de­nied these claims.

“My client has elected to stay out of the pub­lic eye and re­frain from giv­ing any in­ter­views.

“The ques­tions that have been raised are purely sen­sa­tional. We see no rea­son why it is nec­es­sary to print any­thing about this,” she said.

Vorster also dis­missed as “pure gos­sip” the claim that Mama Jackie had de­manded pa­ter­nity tests on be­half of Jub Jub. “My client has no knowl­edge of that and cat­e­gor­i­cally de­nies ask­ing for pa­ter­nity tests.”

An­other rel­a­tive said Mama Jackie filed for di­vorce af­ter Syd­ney moved out of the house.

Khu­malo, who also has a baby with Or­lando Pi­rates goal­keeper Senzo Meyiwa, said: “None of that is my busi­ness. I’m not at all in­ter­ested in say­ing any­thing about that. Please leave me alone.” – Additional reporting by Mosa Mokhema

Pic­ture: Gallo Im­ages

BE­HIND BARS: "Jub Jub" Maaro­hanye and his then girl­friend, Kelly Khu­malo, at the Protea Mag­is­trate's Court in Soweba in 2010 dur­ing his mur­der trial for killing four pupils when he crashed into them.

Pic­ture: Alon Skuy

DE­NIES CLAIMS: "Mama Jackie" Maaro­hanye.

Pic­ture: Elvis Ntombela

MOVED OUT: Sid­ney Maaro­hanye

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