It took courage
THE release of Molemo “Jub-Jub” Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala on parole last week has scraped the scabs off their victims’ families’ healing wounds.
But some families have forgiven, perhaps remembering American poet and author Maya Angelou’s quote: “Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.”
They have chosen to let go, and in their own words anger or unforgiveness won’t bring back Andile Mthombeni, Prince Mahube, Phomelelo Masemola and Mlungisi Cwayi.
The four schoolboys were killed on March 8, 2012, when Maarohanye and Tshabalala, high on drugs and inebriated, crashed into the youngsters while drag racing their Mini Coopers in Protea North, Soweto.
Two of the boys’ friends, Fumani Mushwana and Frank Mlambo, were left severely brain damaged.
It takes courage for one to lose a loved one in this manner and still forgive those who wronged them in the worst possible way – robbing them of their most precious things.
We can only hope that Maarohanye and Tshabalala don’t spit in their faces by going back to their old habits.