Riots in Soweto after hip-hop star given bail

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The Independent Online

South African police fired water cannon at angry youths and children protesting at a court decision to grant bail to a hip-hop artist accused of killing four children in a drag race.

After a tense three-day hearing in Johannesburg's Soweto township, a judge freed Molemo Maarohanye — known as "Jub Jub," which means Marshmallow — on bail.



Children, some in school uniforms, hurled bricks and stones at police. Protesters chanted for the execution of Maarohanye and a second man, Themba Tshabalala. Some swore to kill the two men.



Authorities say both defendants tested positive for cocaine and morphine after the March 8 race, which put two other children in critical condition. A judge set their trial for April 7.

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