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Life sentences for murder of Lucky Dube

JOHANNESBURG, Apr 2 – A South African court jailed three men for life on Thursday for the murder of international reggae star Lucky Dube.

The Johannesburg High Court on Tuesday found Sifiso Mhlanga, Mbuti Mabe and Julius Gxowa guilty of gunning down the world acclaimed singer during a botched hijacking in October 2007.

"The sentence won’t heal me, but we are happy they were arrested and that the law took its course," said Dube’s wife Zanele who cried uncontrollably after the sentencing.

The award-winning South African singer was dropping off his teenage son at a relative’s home when gunmen shot him three times at close range.

Dube, 43, who recorded in Zulu, English and Afrikaans, was one of the first to play reggae in his homeland and was widely admired abroad.

The musician’s killing provoked worldwide condemnation and renewed domestic calls for the restoration of the death penalty in a bid to stem one of the world’s highest murder rates.

Dube recorded more than 20 albums in a career spanning two decades and was regarded as one of the first artists to introduce reggae in South Africa.

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