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AKA murder: Seventh suspect arrested

Police in KwaZulu-Natal have arrested another outstanding suspect in the murder of Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes and his friend Tebello ‘Tibs’ Motsoane.

Police said a 30-year-old suspect was arrested on Wednesday. The arrest brings the total number of suspects arrested for the murders to seven.

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Five suspects will appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, February 29.


On Tuesday night, police minister Bheki Cele told the media that six people had been arrested for allegedly murdering AKA and his friend Tibz last year.

Forbes and Motsoane were killed outside the Wish restaurant in Durban on February 10, 2023.

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KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner, Lieutenant-General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi said the six people played different roles in executing the murder.

One was the organiser of the firearms and the mastermind of the hit, two were spotters, two others carried out the attack, and there was also the driver of the getaway vehicle.

“There was a spotter inside the restaurant and the other was outside the restaurant,” he said.

Mkhwanazi said one of the spotters had followed AKA from the airport when he arrived in Durban.

He said four vehicles were used in the crime — two of them were hired and have since been handed back to the owner.

The first vehicle was recovered last year, as well as the firearm used.

In June, we were able to link the bullet cartridges to the murder.

The commissioner said all the arrested people were linked to other murder cases.

Mkhwanazi said four suspects were in police custody and two were still in Swaziland.

He said there was a possibility that more people would be arrested, however, the case was solid.

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