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Jub Jub and co-accused ruling overturned

untitledMolemo ‘Jub Jub’ Maarohanyye and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala have had their ruling overturned.

News 24 reports that in December 2012, Magistrate Brian Nemavhidi sentenced Maarohanyye and Tshabalala each to 27 years in prison in total in the Protea Magistrate’s Court in Soweto.

The murder convictions were replaced with convictions of culpable homicide and the 20-year sentences for murder were replaced by prison terms of eight years, with two of those suspended. They will be given credit for time already served.

According to Business Day Live in June, the pair’s second appeal revolved around the disgraced gospel star claiming the reason why his conviction should be altered is because he wasn’t in control of his faculties because he was high.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala, were found guilty on four counts of murder after ploughing into a group of pedestrians travelling through Protea Glen four years ago, killing four schoolchildren.

News24 reported that at the time of the appeal, Maarohanye’s lawyer, Willie Vermeulen, argued that his client had been convicted of murder; dolus eventualis. This means that the court found Maarohanye and Tshabalala had an understanding of the damage they could cause by their behaviour, and therefore had indirect intention to kill.

“Those kids left home in the morning to go to school to better their lives and the lives of their families. As they were upstanding citizens, they did not go to town. They decided to go straight home. They did not arrive home that day,” Mr Nemavhidi told the accused men.

However, Vermeulen insisted that because of his client’s use of drugs on the day of the race, the dolus eventualis argument no longer stood.

Judge George Maluleke and his team of appeal judges seemed to agree with this argument, saying the dolus eventualis charges could not stand.

He altered the four counts of murder to four counts of culpable homicide and set aside the driving under the influence and attempted murder charges. He sentenced the pair to 10 years, with two years suspended, and insisted that the sentence be back dated to when the pair were originally sentenced in October 2012.

After the new sentence was handed down there was much public outcry with social networks going abuzz. People were discussing whether the ruling the previous week of Oscar Pistorius would affect any other cases that had already been concluded.

As the South African justice system loses credibility in the eyes of the public eyes now shift to the Dewani case.

by Siyanda Cingco

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Talib Nyovest: SA’s Cassper Nyovest joins forces with US rap icon Talib Kweli for remix

TALIB“Yeah I stole the show, rumour has it that I’m a crook”, is the opening line to Cassper Nyovest’s latest single ‘Tsibip’ and steal the show he did with his recent unprecedented move of remixing one of his most popular songs ‘Doc Shebeleza’ alongside American underground rap figure Talib Kweli. The collaboration sees two worlds, both geographically and musically, combine in what can be seen as an effort to break down divisions and bridge the gap between both (South Africa and America) countries and the subgenres of mainstream hip hop and commercial hip hop.

According to entertainment site Kaya FM, news of the partnership broke after Nyovest confirmed on social networks that the Brooklyn based mc would feature on the remix to his song, posting pictures of his response to Talib’s verse, this was further solidified when Talib uploaded images of him and Nyovest cruising through Soweto, titling the images under the caption ‘Driving thru Soweto with the homie casspernyovest’. However, this was not to be the end of it as it was later reported that a video of Talib performing his verse to the song at a show that he had in the country, surfaced. Nyovest, who was gratified and excited by this, uploaded the clip onto his Instagram and commented on it, expressing his enjoyment and happiness towards the situation.

Talib Kweli has built himself a sizable reputation in the underground rap scene as one of the most notable rappers not only in America but globally. Both of his parents were college professors, this sparked his interest in writing which eventually saw him branch out into hip hop. His early inspirations ranged from the likes of Rakim, KRS- One and Ice Cube with their conscious, activist approach to music. His most identifiable work was with former high school mate Dante Terrell Smith, better known as Mos Def or Yasiin bey with their album titled Blackstar released in 1999. He also released a string of notable projects throughout the years, including ‘Quality’ (2002), The beautiful struggle (2004) and Eardrum (2007) to name but a few.

Cassper Nyovest, S.A’s ‘man of the moment’, was born in Montshiwa a village based in Mahikeng in the year 1990. Nyovest’s love for music was inspired by his late brother Kotso Mabehang who was also a rapper but sadly passed away in 2003. He steadily worked his way through the industry from the year 2004, until he met his big break with HHP on the song ‘Wam tseba Mo’ a song which gained the aspirant young rapper the much needed recognition, the rest as they say is history.

The collaboration has surprised many, serving as a significant talking point within the hip hop circle. It introduces what may very well be the future of music, challenging the underground old school listeners to try out the new school mainstream sound and vice versa for the mainstream fans. In terms of geographical relationships musically between South Africa and America, it has definitely aided the growth of it in a significant way. Website the juice, reported that a few days after the announcement of this particular collaboration, Nyovest sealed yet another one with another well-known American artist DJ Drama.

Talib and Nyovest have brought about a refreshing change in music generally and not just hip hop and they are inviting all to listen as Talib says in his 2007 single ‘Listen’, “Pay attention you gotta listen to hear”.

by Mandlenkosi Ntlemeza