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Remorseful Jub Jub says he doesn't want to go to prison

Devereaux Morkel

Convicted murderer Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye's life in prison is not good, the Protea Magistrate's Court has heard.

'Jub Jub' Maarohanye told the Protea Magistrate's Court that life is not good in prison. (Madelene Cronje, M&G)

"It's not good; I don't know how else to answer that question," Maarohanye said after his attorney Rudi Krause asked what life in prison was like. "I don't want to go to prison."

Maarohanye sat looking downwards in the dock testifying in his sentencing procedures before reading an affidavit.

"I will never be able to undo what happened," he softly said.

"If afforded the opportunity, I want to publicly apologise for any harm caused, unintended."

The court was adjourned to allow an emotional Maarohanye to compose himself.

He and co-accused Themba Tshabalala have been found guilty on four counts of murder and two of attempted murder, of using drugs, racing on a public road, and of driving under the influence of drugs.

Bail denied
They were drag-racing in Protea North on March 8 2010, when they crashed into a group of schoolboys, killing Prince Mohube, Mlungisi Cwayi, Andile Mthombeni, and Phomello Masemola, and leaving Frank Mlambo and Fumani Mushwana permanently brain damaged.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala were denied bail after judgment was handed down. Maarohanye later applied for bail, but it was denied.

He said that if he did not have to serve a prison term, he would establish a trust fund that would benefit the schoolchildren's families.

He told the court about his childhood and about his influence on the youth.

The courtroom was packed with many schoolchildren trying to catch a glimpse of the kwaito singer.

One asked outside court: "Where is my Jub Jub?"

Family members of the schoolchildren sat in the first three rows of the public gallery. – Sapa

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