SA Musicians are not immune to the same legal systems us ordinary people have to go through which is why there are many SA Musicians Who Are Currently In Prison for a wide range of crimes ranging from rape, murder and more! Below is a list of SA musicians who are currently behind bars either serving time or awaiting sentencing!
Brickz is a popular South African artist well known for songs like “Sweety my baby” . The musician was sentenced to 15 years behind bars at the Roodepoort Magistrate for raping a then 16-year-old at his home in Ruimsig, west of Johannesburg.
2.Pitch Black Afro
Pitch Black Afro is a South African Kwaito/Hip Hop MC from the Johannesburg township of Soweto. He found rapping a successful way to control his stutter. Pitch Black Afro was arrested on the 9th of January 2019 for allegedly murdering his wife on new years eve in 2018. He was charged (in the Magistrates Court of Johannesburg, held at Johannesburg) with premeditated murder and defeating the ends of justice.
3. Bobby Shmurda
On December 17, 2014, New York City Police arrested Bobby Shmurda, and he was charged with conspiracy to commit murder, weapons possession and reckless endangerment. In 2016, he pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to prison for seven years, which was reduced to five due to credit for the two years served awaiting trial counting towards the sentence.
Tekashi’s outspoken public persona and legal issues have received significant media attention. He has been a frequent source of controversy for his conduct on social media and feuds with other celebrities. In 2015, he pled guilty to a felony count of use of a child in a sexual performance, and was sentenced to four years’ probation and 1000 hours of community service. In 2018, he was arrested on racketeering, weapons, and drugs charges, for which he pled guilty in 2019, and is facing a possible 47-year prison sentence
Charley Wingate, better known by his stage name Max B, is an American rapper. He is best known for his solo Public Domain and Million Dollar Baby series of mixtapes, and introducing the term “wavy” as a slang in popular lexicon. In mid 2009, he was sentenced to 75 years in prison on conspiracy charges pertaining to armed robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault and felony murder.] While in prison, he secured a deal with Amalgam Digital to publish his debut album Vigilante Season which was released in 2011. As of September 16, 2016 it has been announced that Max B has taken a 20-year plea bargain for aggravated manslaughter and is set to be released November 9, 2025.