Rapper Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye, who has spent three years in prison, is set to apply for parole. His lawyer Rudi Krause is adamant his client will qualify for early release in October.
“I have no doubt in my mind that my client will qualify for parole, judging by the fact that he has completed all the programmes which were offered by the department of correctional services,” he said.
Maarohanye and his co-accused, Themba Tshabalala, crashed their Mini Coopers into a group of schoolboys in Protea North, Soweto, on March 8 2010. Four boys – Prince Mohube, Mlungisi Cwayi, Andile Mthombeni and Phomello Masemola — were killed. Pupils Frank Mambo and Fumani Mushwana were left permanently brain-damaged.
Krause denied rumours that Maarohanye would be released as early as March.
“I have regular contact with Molemo and I have also contacted his family, and they were also unaware of an early release,” he said.
“Molemo is doing well in Leeuwkop Prison. He has recently completed his sound-engineering course.”
Although Krause said there would be no special application for his client’s parole, he did say Maarohanye had served 50% of his sentence and successfully completed courses such as anger management and life skills, provided by the correctional services department.
Maarohanye and Tshabalala’s murder convictions were overturned two years ago and converted to culpable homicide, which led to a reduction in their sentences.
They were reduced to 10 years, two of which were suspended. The sentences were backdated to October 2012, when the pair were first sentenced and jailed.
Krause said that although there were allegations of drug taking made against Maarohanye, they were dismissed because there was no evidence found against him.
“This wouldn’t affect our parole application,” said Krause.