AKA’s death: 6 suspects arrested for murder of South African rapper

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On Tuesday, February 27, South African police announced that six suspects had been detained in relation to the death of Kiernan Forbes, also known as AKA, one of the hottest rap artists in the country.

AKA was shot and killed on February 10, 2023, while strolling with a friend named Tibs outside a well-known Durban restaurant, just hours before he was scheduled to perform at a local club.

According to police, the rapper, 35, was followed from the moment he arrived at the airport until the murder was carried out.

“Six people have been arrested that will appear in court on Thursday. These six played different roles in the murder.

“The six of them initially followed Mr. Forbes from the airport on arrival, the only way to his hotel as well as the restaurant where the incident happened,” police minister Bheki Cele told a press conference in Durban.

According to the South African police, the oldest suspect is 36. The “mastermind” of the murder, two shooters, two spotters, and the “organiser of vehicle and firearms,” according to the police, are all in custody.

At the press conference, Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, the provincial police commissioner, informed reporters that a number of the people detained had connections to separate murder cases.

Two of the suspects, he claimed, had fled to neighbouring Eswatini. Nonetheless, they were detained by police working with Interpol and the Eswatini government, and extradition procedures would soon start.

Mkhwanazi stated that although police were not willing to talk about it, they suspected the motive.

Several celebrities are among the victims of South Africa’s one of the highest murder rates in the world.

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