Zinhle “DJ Zinhle” Jiyane, Africa’s number one DJ and prominent businesswoman, currently has no plans to visit Durban, the city where the father of her child tragically passed away. Rapper Kiernan “AKA” Forbes was fatally shot outside a restaurant in Durban on February 10. Zinhle and AKA share a daughter named Kairo.
Durban is expected to be a bustling hub for the entertainment industry in July, with various events such as the Cotton Festival and Durban July attracting numerous celebrities. Initially, Zinhle was scheduled to perform at the Fact Durban Rocks event during Durban July. However, she has since expressed her discomfort and stated that she is not emotionally ready to travel to Durban.
In her own words, Zinhle shared, “I cannot lie to you guys, I’m not ready for Durban. Emotionally, I’m not ready at all. I get a little anxious thinking about being in Durban. It’s going to be a while before I can be in Durban. I’m going through the most. Forget about seeing me in Durban. It’s not even that I am mad at Durban. It’s just hard. It’s only been three months since Kiernan died, so maybe with time. But I’m hoping I never change my mind.”
Zinhle also mentioned feeling anxious about Father’s Day next month, considering the circumstances. AKA’s mother, Lynn Forbes, similarly expressed her need for time before visiting Durban and the location where her son tragically lost his life.
During an interview on Carol Ofori’s show on East Coast Radio, Lynn Forbes stated, “I don’t believe I would never go back to Durban again. I think it’s natural at the moment. I have no desire to go to Durban at the moment. It’s not about Durban, but I think getting on a plane to Durban will just open up so much. So it’s not Durban as a place, it’s not Durban as people. I think Kiernan loved Durban, his fan base is there, and the Megacy is alive in Durban. One of the yearnings I have is to stand in the spot where he died, and just be there. I know his soul is not there anymore, and his body is not there anymore, but that is the last place where he was alive.”
Both Zinhle and Lynn Forbes are currently dealing with profound grief and are taking their time to heal. Their decisions regarding visiting Durban reflect their emotional states and the need for space during this challenging time.