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‘Seized cellphones’: Police provide an update on the murder of AKA

KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner , Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, says seized cellphones will help shed some light regarding the gruesome murder of rapper Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes.

AKA was gunned down outside a restaurant on Florida Road in Durban on Friday night, 10 February 2023. His friend and former manager, Tebello ‘Tibz’ Motsoane was shot dead during the incident.


Speaking at a media briefing during the release of the quarterly crime stats in Cape Town, Mkhwanazi said no one has been arrested yet, but they believe that the data from the cellphones they seized will help shed some light on the case.

Mkhwanazi said they obtained several statements from people they interviewed in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

“We have collected cellphones, and we are busy downloading some data; we have also collected several videos from different CCTV cameras that we could find, and that could assist us.

“We have also received our completed ballistic reports from forensics. So, there’s quite a lot of work that the team is still busy with. The viewing of the footage and analysis of the material that has been downloaded from the cellphones are still ongoing.”

The murder of AKA which his mother Lynn Forbes has described as brutal rocked the whole country with tributes and condolences pouring in from the rest of the continent and abroad.

Mkhwanazi said they are still putting all their evidence together to have a solid case as we advance.

AKA’s memorial service was held at the Sandton Convention Centre on Friday, 17 February which was also streamed online and he will be laid to rest at a private ceremony on Saturday, 18 February.

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