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The hunt for AKA’s killers: How police cracked the case

Annisa Essack |
25 August 2023 | 14:30 CAT
1 min read

Photo Credit: News24

The murder of rapper Kiernan “AKA” Forbes and his friend Tebello “Tibz” Motsoane shocked the nation and sparked a massive manhunt for their killers. Six months after the brutal shooting outside a Durban restaurant, KwaZulu-Natal police say they have identified the suspects and are closing in on the mastermind.

In an exclusive interview with eNCA, KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi revealed how a team of dedicated investigators used advanced technology and intelligence to unravel the mystery behind the assassination. He said that they have collected and analysed over 25 phones, hours of CCTV footage, and forensic evidence from the crime scene and the getaway car.

“We have identified the shooters. We have the murder weapon. We have the getaway car,” Mkhwanazi said. He added that some suspects are already in jail for other crimes, while others are still at large. He said that they are building a solid case before they make arrests.

Mkhwanazi said that the motive for the killing is still under investigation, but he hinted that it could be related to AKA’s involvement in politics and business. He said that AKA had made some enemies in high places, who may have hired professional hitmen to eliminate him.

“We are dealing with a very sophisticated network of criminals, who have connections and resources. They planned this operation very carefully and executed it with precision,” he said.

Mkhwanazi said that he is confident that justice will be served for AKA and Tibz, who were both respected and loved by many. He said that he is determined to expose and arrest the mastermind behind the murder, who he described as “a very dangerous person”.

“We will not rest until we find him. We know who he is. We know where he is. We are coming for him,” he said.


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