BREAKING NEWS: Six people arrested in connection with AKA murder

BREAKING NEWS: Six people arrested in connection with AKA murder

Police Minister Bheki Cele has announced that six men – some of whom were recently arrested in eSwatini – have been arrested in connection with the murder of South African rapper, AKA, who was shot dead outside a Florida Road restaurant in February last year.

The suspects are due to appear in court on Thursday.

The announcement was made on Tuesday night by the police brass including Cele, National Police Commissioner General Fannie Masemola and KwaZulu-Natal provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi at the SA Police Services provincial headquarters in Durban.

[JUST IN] The @SAPoliceService this hour announces a breakthrough in the murder of South African musician #AKA and friend Tebello. Police investigations have led to the have arrest of SIX people including the shooters, spotters, and the coordinator of the hit.

— Lirandzu Themba (@LirandzuThemba) February 27, 2024

Mkhwanazi has led a team of highly skilled police investigators who have been probing the suspected assassination of the celebrated and multi award-winning rapper AKA, whose real name was Kiernan Forbes.

SUPA MEGA, as he was known to his fans, was gunned down in Durban’s Florida Road on February 10, 2023, as he was leaving the Wish Restaurant. His friend, celebrity chef Tebello “Tibz” Motsoane was also murdered.

Cele said the first suspect arrested, was apprehended in April last year, as IOL first reported.

Police management said two of the suspects were brothers from Durban, who were also linked to the murders of Mntimande Kunene, Nhlanhla Ngcobo and Zamokuhle Mkhwanazi-Ngcobo, murders which took place in eManzimtoti and Berea respectively.

Mkhwanazi said the six men arrested included the mastermind, the spotter and the shooter. He said the suspects were linked to the murder including vehicles and ballistics.

Some of the cars were rented, he said.

AKA’s dad, Tony Forbes, who has been grieving his son and has appeared on a number of podcasts recently, said he believed his son’s murder was a well-funded and planned assassination and that he believed the police were very close to cracking the AKA murder investigation.

He made the comments in early February while speaking with Hazel Mahazard on the Within with Hazel podcast. Forbes also shared how he believed his son’s murder was a well planned hit.

The murder of the AKA murder suspects come a year after he was killed.

CCTV Footage

In February last year, IOL News published the CCTV footage of the AKA murder.

The footage can be watched below, but viewers are warned to be aware of the sensitive footage contained in the video.

Hiding in Eswatini

On Monday, the Eswatini publication, The Times of Swaziland, reported that the alleged hitmen were from Durban and were arrested by Royal Eswatini Police Service (REPS). They had been renting a flat in Mbabane.

The publication said the two brothers were paid just over R133,000 for their part in the apparent hit.

— IOL News (@IOL) February 27, 2024

The men are aged 28 and 29 and have already appeared in an Eswatini court prior to their extradition to South Africa.

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