Gospel and hip hop artist Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala have been given a lifeline, after their murder convictions were overturned in the High Court on Wednesday.

The sentences would be converted to culpable homicide. His jail term has been reduced from 25 years to 8 years.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala were found guilty of murder, attempted murder, driving under the influence of drugs, and racing on a public road by the Protea Magistrate’s Court, Soweto, on October 16, 2012.

They crashed their Mini Coopers into a group of schoolboys in Protea North, Soweto, on March 8, 2010. Four boys were killed in the crash, and two were left permanently brain damaged.

Both men were sentenced on December 5, 2012, to 20 years imprisonment for murder and four years for attempted murder.

For use of drugs, driving under the influence of drugs, and racing on a public road, they got a year for each count.

Their previous appeal was dismissed in February 2013.

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