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Families will 'fight' to keep Jub Jub in jail

The victims’ families of the crash say they'll fight to keep “Jub Jub” and Themba Tshabalala in jail.

File: Musician Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala were yesterday denied leave to appeal their convictions in the Protea Magistrate's Court. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The families of the four schoolchildren who were killed when Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala crashed their cars into them two years ago say they will do whatever it takes to keep the two behind bars.

The pair was found guilty of murder in October last year, after a lengthy trial into the deaths of Prince Mohube, Mlungisi Cwayi, Andile Mthombeni and Phomello Masemola.

Two other children were seriously injured in the accident.

Hip-hop artist Maarohanye and his former business partner were street racing on Mdlalose Drive in Soweto on 8 March 2010, when they ploughed into the group of pupils who were walking along the road's pavement.

On Thursday, Brian Nemavhidi denied the men leave to appeal their convictions in the Protea Magistrate's Court.

Joyce Mtonga, the mother of Mohube, said she would make sure the killers served their full jail terms.

"I know they're very stubborn. They're going to appeal, appeal and appeal; and we're going to continue to fight with them."

She said instead of apologising to her family, the two convicted murderers had spent the past two years trying to avoid serving jail terms.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala previously failed in their bid to get a higher court to hear an appeal against their convictions.

Joel Mushwana, the father of Fumani Mushwana, who was left permanently brain damaged by the crash, said the pair should not be allowed off the hook.

"Let them stay there."

Although the two men have been denied leave to appeal their convictions, the National Prosecuting Authority said it was not the end of the road for them.

In December, the pair were sentenced to 20 years each on four counts of murder.

They received an additional four years each for two counts of attempted murder and three years each for using drugs, driving under the influence of illegal substances, and racing on a public road.

The men will serve an effective 25 years in jail each.