Convicted murderer Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye may celebrate Christmas with his family if his lawyers have their way. The award-winning musician’s defence council asked the South Gauteng High Court today to release him on bail pending the outcome of his appeal next year. Maarohanye’s legal representative, Willie Vermeulen SC, argued that the musician be released on bail because the Protea Magistrates’ Court’s decision to sentence him to 25 years in prison on four counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder would be overturned on appeal. This after he drove into a group of school children, killing four and injuring two when he was drag-racing with his co-accused Themba Tshabalala in Soweto in 2010. Vermeulen said Magistrate Brian Soviti had misdirected himself by convicting the musician and that there was a likelihood that the appeal court would commute the four counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder to culpable homicide, and give him a noncustodial sentence because he was a first-time offender. He also argued that Jub Jub was not a flight risk and that the State had failed to advance material evidence to support its claim that if granted bail, the musician would skip the country. Opposing bail, State Prosecutor Raymond Mathunjwa said that Jub Jub was a flight risk. “The applicant has approached the investigating officer on several occasions before and after the conviction to release his passport so he could travel to Nigeria, Swaziland and Botswana. My Lord, it is very difficult to secure [those] who are in these countries to come to court,” he said. Judge Natvarlal Ranchod reserved judgment in the bail application until Thursday.