‘Jub Jub’: fam­i­lies find heart to for­give

The Star Early Edition - - FRONT PAGE - SIHLE MANDA sihle.manda@inl.co.za @Sih­le_MG

THEIR CHIL­DREN may have been killed or paral­ysed as a re­sult of a drug-fu­elled drag race, but two fam­i­lies of the six vic­tims of rap­per Molemo “Jub Jub” Maaro­hanye and his friend Themba Tsha­bal­ala have for­given the duo.

This is be­lieved to have played a cru­cial role in the pair be­ing paroled yes­ter­day.

On March 8, 2010, they crashed into a group of school pupils while driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs and rac­ing on a pub­lic road.

The pair were ini­tially each sen­tenced to 20 years in prison but this was re­duced to 10 years af­ter their mur­der con­vic­tion rul­ing was over­turned and they were con­victed of cul­pa­ble homi­cide in 2014.

But a well-placed cor­rec­tional ser­vices in­sider said two of the fam­i­lies of vic­tims had ac­cepted the de­ci­sion to re­lease the pair af­ter meet­ing them at a hear­ing.

Depart­ment spokesper­son Singabakho Nx­u­malo said he was un­able to com­ment on this, and could only con­firm that fam­i­lies of the vic­tims had been con­tacted.

“Be­fore pa­role is granted, we in­vite the fam­i­lies of vic­tims to make an in­put. We ask them if they’ve rec­on­ciled or if they would like to rec­on­cile with the parolee,” said Nx­u­malo.

The source said: “Two fam­i­lies were in­volved in the process and said they were fine with the two be­ing re­leased. They spoke to Maaro­hanye and Tsha­bal­ala and through that, they say, some facts came to light that were not men­tioned dur­ing the trial.”

The Star un­der­stands that one of the fam­i­lies lost a child in the in­ci­dent and and the other had a loved one that was left paral­ysed. It was also un­der­stood that one of the men had pledged to as­sist the fam­ily of the paral­ysed child.

In a state­ment, Nx­u­malo ear­lier said the pair were re­leased on pa­role af­ter Cor­rec­tional Su­per­vi­sion and Pa­role Boards (CSPBs) of Leeuwkop and Bavi­aans­poort con­sid­ered their ap­pli­ca­tion.

The two were both clas­si­fied as “first­time of­fend­ers with a pos­i­tive sup­port sys­tem”.

“They par­tic­i­pated in rel­e­vant cor­rec­tional pro­grammes and were fur­ther as­sessed by our spe­cial ser­vices ex­perts, which among oth­ers, in­clude so­cial work­ers and psy­chol­o­gists to de­ter­mine their suit­abil­ity for pa­role place­ment,” the depart­ment said.

Maaro­hanye’s lawyer Rudi Krause said: “I don’t think I am at lib­erty to dis­cuss what hap­pened in the pa­role hear­ing. I can, how­ever, con­firm that in ac­cor­dance to the pa­role hear­ing pro­ce­dure, there is a vic­tim of­fender di­a­logue and can con­firm that this hap­pened in this in­stance.”

PIC­TURE: ITUMELENG ENGLISH

FREED: Molemo ‘Jub Jub’ Maaro­hanye, left, and Themba Tsha­bal­ala.

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