Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye. Photo: Dumisani Sibeko

Johannesburg -

Musician Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye has potential and can make a difference in society the Protea Magistrate's Court heard on Wednesday.

“Accused number one (Maarohanye) cannot spend the rest of his life in prison. He has huge potential and can make a difference in society,” said his lawyer Rudi Krause.

“I urge your worship to approach the issue of sentencing with an open mind and not in reference to statistics.”

Krause said the State had indicated it would argue in favour of life imprisonment for Maarohanye and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala.

They sat in the dock, with their heads down as they listened to the sentencing procedures.

Krause submitted that Maarohanye should get a suspended sentence because he was not a threat to society, that this was his first car accident and that rehabilitation would be difficult in prison.

“There are substantial and compelling circumstances to impose a lesser sentence,” Krause said.

“To impose a life sentence is unfair and an injustice in this case.”

Krause argued that Maarohanye was still young and that, because of his social status, he had an opportunity to make a difference in society and to become an ambassador to prevent accidents like this in the future and create public awareness.

He said the incident was not intentional.

On October 16, the court found Maarohanye and Tshabalala guilty on four counts of murder and two of attempted murder, of using drugs, racing on a public road, and driving under the influence of drugs.

They were drag-racing in Protea North on March 8, 2010 when they crashed into a group of schoolboys killing Prince Mohube, Mlungisi Cwayi, Andile Mthombeni, and Phomello Masemola, and leaving Frank Mlambo and Fumani Mushwana permanently brain damaged.

Sentencing procedures continue. - Sapa