Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye and his friend Tshabalalal have been released on parole.Maarohanye and Tshabalala were released on parole yesterday after
Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye and his friend Tshabalalal have been released on parole.
Maarohanye and Tshabalala were released on parole yesterday after serving four years in prison. They were sentenced to eight years in 2012.
The two were initially sentenced to 20 years for murder but the charges were changed to culpable homicide and their sentences were later reduced to 10 years, two of which were suspended.
Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala were convicted in 2012 for crashing their cars into a group of school children in 2010. The accident left four boys dead and two others brain damaged.
It was reported in December that the disgraced musician‚ who has served half of his eight-year jail sentence is eligible for parole in January.
Correctional services reportedly said that the pair will serve the remainder of their sentences under correctional supervision.
The father of one of the four pupils killed by hip-hop singer Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye, said he had forgiven the musician and his accomplice.
Fezekile Cwayi said he had made peace with 17-year-old Mlungisi’s death because nothing could bring him back to life.
His son and three friends – Prince Mohube, 17, Phumelelo Masemola, 16, and Andile Mthombeni, 16 – were killed instantly when hit by two drag-racing Mini Coopersdriven by Maarohanye, 36, and his friend Themba Tshabalala, 32.
The pupils were killed while walking home from school on March 8 2010 on a bridge connecting Protea Glen and Protea North in Soweto, Johannesburg.
Two other pupils were critically injured, with one left paralysed.
“My son is gone. I had to make peace with it. In the December holidays, I went home to the Eastern Cape where he was buried and I visited his grave.
“I told him that Jub Jub and Tshabalala were going to be released and that he must make peace with it,” said Cwayi from his Protea Glenhome.
Cwayi said he was contacted by the parole board and his wife attended the first hearing in November with one other family.
“I attended the second session, which was held in December. We were not asked any questions. We were just told what the board wanted to do and had to say what we thought.
“Jub Jub and Tshabalala were there. I spoke to them for the first time since they killed my son. Jub Jub told us that he had changed and that he regrets what he did.”
Cwayi said his door was always open to the two: “I do not want them to think that they will be killed when they come to my house. They won’t. They are welcome.”
But the family of another pupil who died in the crash said they were still hurting. A weeping relative, who did not want to be identified, said: “They can come out, it’s fine. Our children died and they are being sent home.”