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Wednesday, 11 October 2023 21:25

'I don't regret going to prison' — inside Jub Jub's sit-down on 'Unfollowed'.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

In the finale of the Showmax's Unfollowed, TV star Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye says he regrets his actions in the past, but he doesn't regret going to prison. 

A decade ago Jub Jub, at the time a bestselling musician, was jailed after he crashed into a group of children of which four were killed while drag racing in Soweto with a friend in 2010.

Host Thembekile Mrototo speaks to the television star whose reputation has badly suffered this year through backlash on social media.  

Mrototo asked the former child star how he managed to come back into the limelight after his infamous car incident but Maarohanye said it was not easy for him to comment on the incident "out of respect for the families that lost their kids".

"Everything was taken away in the blink of an eye"

Jub Jub is tight lipped about the deadly 2010 accident, "out of respect for the families that lost their kids…What happens with myself and the families is not for anybody," he insists.

"Everything was taken away in the blink of an eye from having the accident," he admits.

Noting how his words distance Jub Jub from his actions, Thembekile asks, "Taken away by yourself?"

"Not really, I guess the choices," says Jub Jub, who wishes he had "taken a stop in my life and actually figured out there's no need to live a fast life." The accident lingers as his "darkest day". He explains, "A good part of me died as well … When you find yourself alone, you just remember … you try to sleep, you see visions. You try to move on with your life when you are reminded."

"I regret all my actions – the accident – I don't regret going to prison."

Jub Jub claims that his time in prison made him a better person. "Prison is the only place that actually forced me to be alone, to reconnect with God, amadlozi (ancestors), no matter what. Because the life that I was living, man, I had no time for what my ancestors were wanting me to do; I had no time with God … I regret all my actions – the accident – I don't regret going into prison … because there's a life lesson that I learned."

"If somebody had raped my family member, I'm telling you now, I would not wait for the justice system."

Jub Jub is currently out on bail, facing three counts of rape, two counts of attempted murder and one count of assault, brought by four different accusers, after high profile women including actress Amanda du-Pont, Refilwe Khumalo, and Masechaba Khumalo (then Ndlovu), went public online with accusations of violent sexual misconduct.

"We live in a society where rape is a pandemic, and it is sad how now guys are not scared of guns, not scared of knives, but we're scared of just waking up being accused, you know?" Jub Jub says sincerely. "Right now we're just shielding from every woman."

Mrototo digs down into Jub Jub's views on who, exactly, the justice system is failing, and why he's choosing to focus on a minority of falsely accused men.

And when pressed, Jub Jub claims, "If you know that somebody was raped, if somebody has raped my family member, I'm telling you now, I would not wait for the justice system. I know what I would do."

In Unfollowed, Jub Jub also talks about life in prison, why he considers his misogynistic banter on MacGyver "MacG" Mukwevhos podcast in December 2021 "very pure, very light," and he speculates about what drives people to participate in cancel culture. And media experts comment not only on how you re-brand celebrities who’ve done the unforgivable, but why the public seems so eager to forgive when they are entertained.