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Musician Lucky Dube was "a humble and humorous" man who dreamt of opening a centre for the elderly.
This is how the reggae icon was described by long-time friend and band member Thuthukani Cele, pictured, in the Johannesburg high court yesterday.
Dressed in a T-shirt bearing Dube's face and the words "Respect: Can all these heroes die in vain", Cele was the only witness called by the state to give evidence in aggravation of sentence.
He said he had met Dube in 1980 when they were both starting out in the music industry.
"A total of 14 people depended on him for a salary; all his staff, including the stage crew, road staff and office workers.
"He was also very involved in charity work," Cele said.