Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye must move on and enjoy his life.
This was the reaction of a family member of one of the four children who were killed when the musician and his friend, Themba Tshabalala, crashed their cars into a group of schoolchildren in 2010.
Hours after hearing the news that, after four years in prison, the men responsible for her brother’s death were released on parole, 26-year-old Nomagugu Mohobe told The Citizen their family just wanted to move on with their lives. But their mother, Jeanette, is still living with the emotional scars.
“(In Zulu) Our mother is not well. She has been ill because of this since 2010, but it’s fine; he (Maarohanye) must get out and enjoy life, it doesn’t matter whether it’s right or wrong; it’s fine. There is nothing we can say or do about it … except to move on.”
The two men were found guilty of murder in 2012, and were initially each sentenced to 20 years in prison. Their sentences were reduced to eight years after the murder conviction ruling was overturned to culpable homicide in 2014.
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Maarohanye’s father, Sydney, was not at his Soweto butchery yesterday morning, but the workers at the establishment were jovial and dancing to one of the musician’s biggest hits, the South African Music Award-winning Ndikhokhele.
One of the workers told The Citizen she had been working for the family for nine years and said she was happy he was finally out of prison.
The department of justice and correctional service’s statement about the pair’s release states that both parolees, classified as first-time offenders with a positive support system, were placed on parole in line with section 73 of the Correctional Services Act.
“To this date, each parolee has served four years, one month and one day behind bars. They participated in relevant correctional programmes and were further assessed by our special services experts, which, among others, include social workers and phycologists to determine their suitability for parole placement.”
The department’s spokesperson, Singabakho Nxumalo, said their specific parole conditions would not be made public.