Six Suspects Arrested in Connection with Murders of South African Rapper AKA and Chef Tibz

Johannesburg, South Africa – Six suspects have been apprehended in connection with the shocking murders of South African rapper Kiernan Forbes, known as AKA, and his close friend Tebello Motshoane. The two were tragically gunned down outside a restaurant in Durban a year ago, leaving the nation in mourning.

Authorities have revealed that hitmen were hired to target AKA, although the motive behind the attack remains undisclosed. The suspects, all under the age of 36, are scheduled to appear in court later this week to face charges related to the double homicide.

According to Lt Gen Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, the KwaZulu-Natal provincial police commissioner, it was evident that AKA was being surveilled from the airport and Motshoane was not the intended victim of the attack. The suspects involved in the plot to kill AKA played various roles, including two gunmen, spotters, a firearms supplier, and the mastermind behind the operation.

Some of the suspects are also allegedly linked to other unrelated murder cases. Two of the men were found in Eswatini following a raid conducted by Interpol, and plans are underway to extradite them to South Africa to face charges for the murders.

Items recovered during the arrests include four vehicles, firearms used in the killings, and empty cartridges. Police Minister Bheki Cele acknowledged the impact of the murders, captured on CCTV cameras, stating that the arrests may provide some sense of closure for the South African community.

Reflecting on the case, Cele mentioned that the motive behind the attack will be revealed in court proceedings. AKA, a celebrated musician with a successful career, garnered acclaim both locally and internationally, winning awards and nominations for his music. His untimely death sent shockwaves through the music industry and fans around the world.