JOHANNESBURG – Hip hop artist Molemo 'Jub Jub' Maarohanye has spoken for the first time since being released on parole, saying that prison sharpened his character and broke him down.
Maarohanye and his friend Themba Tshabalala killed four children in an accident when they were drag racing near a school in 2010.
The two have been released on parole after serving four years in jail.
“At times I found it hard to cope, prison is not good for anybody,” Maarohanye said on SABC’s Morning Live on Thursday morning, performing his new song Ke Kopa Tshwarelo, meaning 'I am asking for forgiveness'.
He says he is grateful for being given a second chance.
Asked whether he was given preferential treatment because of his status he replied: “Prison doesn’t care if you are Jub Jub or not”.
“Prison is to get you in line, to rehabilitate you and straighten you out. It’s true punishment. There was no preferential treatment.”
Jub Jub said he was a changed man and confirmed that he is married.
“I have been married for a pretty long time.”
The artist added that he is now focusing on his family and career.