Jub Jub denied bail

The South Gauteng High Court has refused to grant bail to Molemo 'Jub Jub' Maarohanye.

FILE: Musician Molemo Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala in the dock at the Protea Magistrates Court in Soweto. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Hip hop artist Molemo 'Jub Jub' Maarohanye's bail application while he appeals against his murder conviction has been dismissed in the South Gauteng High Court.

Jub Jub and Themba Tshabalala were each sentenced to 25 years in prison by the Protea Magistrates Court in 2012 after being found guilty of murder, attempted murder, driving under the influence of drugs and racing on a public road.

The pair crashed their Mini Coopers into a group of schoolboys in Protea North in Soweto in March 2010, killing four of them and leaving two others brain damaged.

The court has dismissed Jub Jub's bail application while he prepares for his appeal against his murder conviction.

In a judgment delivered on Thursday morning, the judge found that the 25-year sentence handed to the pair was appropriate.

Jub Jub had initially argued that the murder conviction was too harsh as he had no intention to kill the pupils.

But the state argued his actions were reckless and he should have foreseen the negligent nature of his actions.