Hip hop star found guilty of murder


One of South Africa’s leading hip hop musicians was convicted yesterday of murdering four school children while street racing through Soweto, drunk and on drugs, bringing an end to a trial that has gripped the country for more than two years.

The court found Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye and his friend, Themba Tshabalala, guilty on four counts of murder and two of attempted murder after their speeding Mini Coopers ploughed into the children as they walked back from school in the Johannesburg township in March 2010.

“The death of the deceased was caused by the accuseds’ reckless driving at high speeds while under the influence of drugs and alcohol,” Judge Brian Nemavhidi said. The pair could face life in prison.