Jub Jub granted reduced sentence
Written by: Mpho Raphata @Raphata Here I sit trying to figure out how I feel about the decision to reduce the sentence of Hip Hop artist Molemo Maarohanye and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala. Jub Jub has been trying to get out of this conviction from the get go. I get the fact that he would attempt not to serve time in prison, but I find myself conflicted.
I understand that the law provides for one to appeal a sentence or a conviction, but really from 25 to 8 years. I have followed this case from the day of the accident in March 2010, especially because the accident happened near where I live on a road that I travel on regularly. I saw the pain and disbelief on the faces of family members when they were called to the accident scene. I watched how the community rallied together to make sure that the people who caused the accident face the full might of the law. Essentially everyone wanted to see the drivers behind bars. I
remember so vividly the pain that engulfed the Protea South Community hall at a memorial services some days after the accident. The mothers, fathers and siblings of the four boys who died in the accident made it hard to remove myself from what those people were going through. Revisiting the crash site was the most painful. For some parents and relatives it was the first time they came face to face where their loved one met their death. I look back at the trial that spanned a two year period.
As a mother, I would never have been able to attend court proceeding and hear how my son’s body was found wrapped around the car tyre, how the bodies were flung rom the road to an open area nearby and how one body found decapitated. And yet a 25 year jail term is too much, because Jub -Jub and Themba did not take drugs with an intention to cause a deadly accident?
This is where I differ with the law; are we saying this is all their death is worth? What about the mother who had to start using nappies on a 17-year-old who was once well adjusted and could look after himself. Had to leave her job and permanently care for him and his baby brother. Is that what justice is about? My things is Molemo and Themba- after 8 years or even sooner, carry on with their lives, but what about those pupils, their families, their future?
I guess there’s nothing I can do about the court’s decision today, but I can’t help having a sick feeling in my gut, a sour taste in my mouth.
It makes me wonder what sentence Oscar Pistorious will get.
Does money really buy freedom no matter what the crime?