South African musician Molemo ‘Jub Jub’ Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala have been sentenced to an effective 20 years for nine convictions including four counts of murder.
Magistrate Brian Nemavhidi has given the pair 20-years for the murder counts.
They were also sentenced to four years for two counts of attempted murder and a year each for drag racing, using drug and driving under the influence.
The sentences will run concurrently.
Maarohanye and Tshabalala were convicted last month for the murder of four school children during a drag race in Soweto in 2010. The drivers’ licences of the two have also been cancelled.
Maarohanye took the stand again today, this time pleading that he should not be given a jail sentence, but rather be given the opportunity to make things right with the victims’ families.
He said that the incident haunted him and he would like to apologise the families and the nation.
Maarohanye said should he be given correctional supervision he would establish a trust fund for the victims of the accident, write a song about it and teach the youth about the perils of drinking and driving.
But the state called him untrustworthy.
It asked the court to impose the minimum prescribed sentence but also asked for additional jail time for the conviction and drinking and driving.