SA pop star guilty of child murders

Last updated 08:59 17/10/2012

Relevant offers

Celebrities

Dear North, tell the paps to go but chat with mum first Inside Princess Margaret's former Caribbean party villa 'Allo 'Allo actor Gorden Kaye dies Madonna defends 'blowing up White House' statement, saying it was metaphorical Ruby Rose's film set prank ends in tears Kristen Stewart says President Donald Trump was 'obsessed with her' Spice Girls' Geri Halliwell Horner gives birth to son Kim Kardashian ‘keen to get going on baby no. 3’ Shane Warne sees red at media after shutting charity Uma Thurman details relationship drama with ex-fiance in court testimony

One of South Africa's foremost hip hop musicians has been convicted of murdering four school children while street racing, drunk and on drugs, through Soweto, 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 sprawling 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 have not yet been sentenced but could face life in prison.

A TV personality and music star, Maarohanye appeared emotionless as he heard the verdict, which was broadcast live on television. The mother of one of the victims passed out during the proceedings and had to be carried from the court.

Road accidents kill nearly 40 people every day in South Africa, with unreliable vehicles and poor driving - including excessive speeding and drunkenness - mostly to blame.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content