NO SLEEP AS fAMILY PRAYS FOR DEAD SON
THE Mohobe family did not sleep at all on Monday night. They prayed, giving each other support.
Their son Prince was killed in a horrific crash involving hip-hop artist Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and his friend Themba Tshabalala hours earlier in Protea Glen, Soweto.
Seventeen-year-old Prince, Phumelelo Masemola, 16, Mlungisi Cwaya, 19, and Andile Mthombeni, 16, were killed instantly when two Mini Coopers crashed into them and left another two schoolchildren in a critical condition in hospital.
At daybreak Joyce Mtonga, her sister Janet Mohobe and other relatives left the Mohobe home in Protea Glen Extension 3.
It was a short trip to the mortuary near Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital, where the bodies of Prince and the other boys had been taken to the previous night.
"My sister was not coping. Throughout the night we just sat there, praying," Mtonga said yesterday.
Nothing could have prepared them for what they found. "Identifying the bodies was horrible. His face was completely disfigured, his teeth smashed in. How were these people driving?" Mtonga asked, sobbing. She said her nephew was a good child who loved soccer.
"He was a goalkeeper and his role model was Itumeleng Khune of Kaizer Chiefs. My sister is distraught. What's really sad is that Prince loved Jub Jub's music, now this. These celebrities buy these fast cars and kill our children in drunken and reckless ways. The drivers must be jailed for a long time."
Prince's mother, Janet, was too distraught to talk to the media.
Phumelelo's mother Mameetse Masemola, was equally distraught. We found her at home in Extension 2.
"That stupid Jub Jub killed my child. I don't think the law can deal with him harshly enough. Anyway, these celebrities get away with this."
Phumelelo's father, Edwin, said: "To think I will not see my firstborn son again makes me cry. I don't know what to say. My son was a good boy I trusted him and he respected me. The law must deal with the people who did this."
Mameetse is a teacher at Jules High School where her son and the other two dead boys were pupils. Andile went to Altmont High School in Protea South.
Phumelelo's sister, Alucia Sekgathume, said: "My brother and I were very close. We could talk about anything. He wanted to be a doctor. I am still in shock. My brother is dead, thanks to Jub Jub."
Andile's Mthombeni's father, Ian, said: "He was like a friend to me. He liked to crack jokes and make everyone in the house laugh." Mthombeni said Andile, who dreamt of becoming a computer technician, was his only child.
"If he died in an accident I would understand, but the people who killed our children did it deliberately. They were drunk and speeding and were high on drugs."
Meanwhile, the residents of Mdlalose Street - where the accident happened - are demanding action. They said the road was generally unsafe.
"We need steel barriers to stop cars from veering off the road and hitting pedestrians," said resident Berra Rampya. Molefi Legoale said humps would be the best solution to prevent speeding.
Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane said "Jub Jub should face the full might of the law".
Mokonyane and education MEC Barbara Creecy visited the families yesterday. They called on residents to reclaim their streets. Mokonyane said residents should not allow people, irrespective of their status, to come to their streets and do wrong.