Latest on Jub Jub’s rape and attempted murder saga against Amanda du Pont: State withdraws case

Latest on Jub Jub’s rape and attempted murder saga against Amanda du Pont: State withdraws case

Latest on Jub Jub's rape and attempted murder saga against Amanda du Pont: State withdraws case

The South African legal landscape has been thrown into turmoil following the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) decision to drop all charges against controversial television presenter and rapper Molemo Katlego Maarohanye, better known as Jub Jub. The charges, which included three counts of rape, two counts of attempted murder, and one count of assault, were withdrawn due to the NPA’s assessment that there were “no reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution.”

The news has sent shockwaves through the nation, igniting a firestorm of outrage and raising serious questions about the efficacy of the justice system in addressing cases of sexual violence.

The decision comes after a lengthy legal battle that began in February 2022 when Jub Jub’s former girlfriend, Amanda du Pont, bravely came forward with allegations of rape and attempted murder. In a powerful video shared on social media, Du Pont detailed the harrowing experiences she endured at the hands of the “Ndikhokhele” hitmaker, claiming the incidents occurred between 2006 and 2009.

“He repeatedly raped and attempted to murder me,” Du Pont alleged in the video, her words resonating with a raw honesty that shook the nation.

Her allegations sparked a wave of solidarity, with three other women coming forward with similar accounts of abuse at the hands of the rapper. These testimonies, coupled with Du Pont’s courage, led to Jub Jub’s arrest and subsequent court appearances, where he was granted bail for R10 000.

However, the NPA’s decision to drop the charges has left many feeling betrayed and disillusioned. The public outcry has been swift and fierce, with many expressing their anger and disappointment at what they perceive as a failure of the justice system to protect victims of sexual violence.

“The NPA’s decision is a slap in the face to all survivors of sexual violence,” stated a spokesperson for the South African Women’s League. “It sends a dangerous message that these crimes are not taken seriously and that perpetrators can escape accountability.”

The NPA, in its defence, maintains that the decision was made after a “careful” review of the police case docket and the prosecutor’s report, along with additional information provided by the defence to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

“The office of the DPP concluded that there are no reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution,” said NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane. “As a result, the sensible thing to do was to withdraw the charges of rape, attempted murder and assault against Maarohanye.”

Mjonondwane further emphasized the NPA’s commitment to addressing all allegations of sexual violence with the utmost seriousness. However, she also stressed the importance of having sufficient admissible evidence to support a prosecution.

“Unfortunately, in this case, upon further assessment of available evidence, there were no prospects of a successful prosecution, hence the withdrawal of charges,” she explained.

This explanation, however, has done little to quell the growing public dissatisfaction. Many are questioning the lack of transparency surrounding the NPA’s decision-making process and the criteria used to determine the “prospects of a successful prosecution.”

The case has also raised concerns about the power dynamics at play in the South African legal system, with some suggesting that the influence of celebrities and high-profile individuals can impact the course of justice.

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