Sins of controversial mother visited on son

Prince Chauke

Prince Chauke

As the embattled Jackey Maarohanye faces two court appearances today and battles to stay out of jail, her hip-hop musician son has been kicked off the guest list of a popular television show.

Molemo Maarohanye, aka Jub-Jub, was confirmed as one of the guests on the popular SABC1 gospel show Spirit Sundae on March 4. But yesterday the show's producers called to say he should not bother.

They told his manager Kabelo Segwai that they felt that his mother's controversial actions this week would have a negative effect on the show.

Mishka Roman-Cassiem, the show's assistant producer, confirmed that they had removed the popular hip-hop star from their show.

"After the events during the week involving his mother we decided not to feature Jub-Jub in the show as planned," Roman-Cassiem said.

"This is a spiritual show and the questions that we ask are based on family values and upbringing. We felt it will not be appropriate to have him now on our show."

Segwai said they were disappointed by the decision.

"I'm not happy with the manner in which the whole issue was handled. They cancelled his recording at the last minute and that is not fair," Segwai said.

"You can't paint the Maarohanye family with the same brush and it is unfair for Jub-Jub. I find it ridiculous that now his name has been dragged into the mud. He is very upset about the whole thing because he loves his mother."

Jackey Maarohanye, the founder and principal of the controversial Ithuteng Development Trust, has been in the headlines since the weekend following the kidnapping and assault of Sowetan journalist, Vusi Ndlovu.

Ndlovu was held hostage and assaulted for more than seven hours on Saturday. He had gone to the school in Kliptown to interview Maarohanye ahead of her court appearance in a separate case. But Ndlovu was kidnapped and assaulted. He was released after intense negotiations with the police.

Maarohanye will be appearing in court today.