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South Africa students riot over 'car-race musician'

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Police fired water canon at the protesters

Students in South Africa have thrown stones at police and a court where a musician accused of killing four school pupils in a car race was freed on bail.

Police fired water canon at some 2,000 protesters. Some threatened to burn the Soweto home of hip-hop performer Molemo Maarohanye, known as Jub Jub.

There were similar clashes at his initial court appearance on Wednesday, when police fired rubber bullets.

The judge said Jub Jub and his co-accused should move during the trial.

In granting bail of 10,000 rand ($1,360; £900), judge Andre Auret said he was aware that the safety of Jub Jub and fellow accused Themba Tshabalala was at risk.

Students run from police (19/03/10)
Some students threatened to burn Jub Jub's Soweto house

"[But] I am convinced they have means to protect themselves in various ways - to name only one, they could resettle somewhere else until the case is finalised," he said.

Some students have threatened to boycott school because of the court's decision, saying he should not have been freed.

Some had been waiting outside the Protea Magistrate's Court for more than five hours.

The BBC's Nomsa Maseko in Soweto says the two accused were escorted out of court through a rarely used entrance by a number of heavily armed police officers, before being driven away in a private vehicle.

Jub Jub is one of South Africa's best known hip-hop stars.

The trial has been set for 7 April.



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