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Polela in hot water over Jub Jub comment

The SAPS has condemned McIntosh Polela's tweet about musician Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye's jail sentence.

Musician Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye is seen during the handing down of judgment in his and co-accused (front) Themba Tshabalala's murder trial at the Protea Magistrate's Court in Soweto, Wednesday, 10 October 2012. The two were allegedly drag-racing in Protea North in March 2010 when they crashed into a group of schoolchildren. Four boys were killed and two were seriously injured. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Police Service (SAPS) on Friday said it would be taking internal action following Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela's tweet about musician Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye's jail sentence.

Polela tweeted on Wednesday that, "I trust that Jub Jub's supporters gave him a jar of Vaseline to take to prison."

Maarohanye and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala have been found guilty of several charges including murder for a 2010 accident in which four school pupils were killed in Soweto.

The police's Tumi Shai said the SAPS is unhappy about the tweet which Polela has since retracted and apologised for.

"We condone rape issues, not now and not even in the issue. The SAPS will handle the issue internally."

Many people criticised Polela for making a joke about rape in a country where there is a high rape rate.

The Centre for Constitutional Rights condemned Polela saying his utterances were frightening and reckless.

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