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Two AKA assassins face Taxi boss’ murder charges

Two of the men accused of killing rapper Kiernan “AKA” Forbes and his friend Tebello “Tibz” Motsoane were, just three months before, allegedly caught on camera shooting a taxi owner at a Durban mall after which they went to a hotel to celebrate with their family, where accomplices were paid R1,500.

This is revealed in an affidavit filed by KwaZulu-Natal director of public prosecutions Elaine Harrison to the Eswatini authorities for a request to have the pair arrested.

On Thursday, five men also linked to AKA’s murder appeared in the Durban magistrate’s court to face 10 charges, including two of murder, five of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, possession of unlawful firearms and possession of unlawful ammunition.

According to Harrison, two brothers, Siyabonga Gezani Ndimande and Malusi Dave Ndimande, whose family owns taxis, met family members months before to plot William Kunene’s murder at Seadoone Mall near Amanzimtoti in November 2022.

“The deceased was a taxi owner involved in taking over a taxi route at Malagasi, which belonged to the Ndimandes. Siyabonga Gezani Ndimande, also known as “Nxele”, gave instructions on how the murder would be committed. He also determined the roles to be played by each assailant in the commission of the murder,” the document read.

“Malusi Dave Ndimande, also known as “Mjay”, and another male were identified as shooters.”

The killing in the parking lot was captured on video that went viral on social media. It showed two men, one armed with a rifle, the other with a pistol, jump out of a white VW Polo and move towards the victim who was in the parking lot.

The shooter armed with the pistol went straight up to Kunene and fired at him at close range and then ran back to the car. The man with the rifle seemed unconvinced of the job and approached the victim who was flat on the ground and fired more shots at him.

Kunene was found in a pool of blood with multiple gunshot wounds.

Later that day, according to Harrison’s affidavit, the two Ndimande brothers and other assailants met at the Blue Waters Hotel in Durban.

“At the Blue Waters Hotel they met the elders of the Ndimande family and celebrated their success in killing the deceased. Siyabona Gezani Ndimande paid the accomplice, witnesses and the other assailants an amount of R1,500 each.”

Five men accused of killing Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes appear in the Durban magistrate’s court.

Five men accused of killing Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes appear in the Durban magistrate’s court.

The two remain in Eswatini after they were arrested on Saturday on the request of South African authorities. Neighbours in Gobholo, where the two men have been living, told Times of Eswatini the duo led a lavish lifestyle, with one of them seen carrying a black bank card.

The Ndimande brothers, according to the publication, rented a bedsitter in Gobholo for months before moving to Zone 4 at Mahwalala.

“Every day was Christmas Day to them in the compound where they were staying. They always had a braai in the evening and shared the food with other tenants. Bebosa, hhayi kancane,” said one resident. The resident said the men always took a taxi to town for groceries and other things.

Another resident said their friendliness hid the suspicion that something was amiss. “What I know about them is they were Zulu-speaking but were not discriminatory. I cannot believe what I saw on social media regarding the things they are suspected to have done. They were so nice to us,” said the resident.

A third resident said he was surprised to see one of them carrying a black bank card, yet he was not employed.

“I wondered how an unemployed individual could be in possession of a black bank card. They were always found relaxing in the compound, enjoying themselves.”

The resident said the duo also joined them in drinking alcohol.

The pair have since appeared in court where proceedings to extradite them are under way.

In Durban on Thursday, five of the seven suspects arrested for AKA and Motsoane’s killings were publicly seen for the first time in court. They are Lindokuhle Thabani Mkhwanazi, 30, Lindani Zenzele Ndimande, 35, Siyanda Eddie Myeza, 21, Mziwethemba Harvey Gwabeni, 36, and Lindokuhle “Lindo” Ndimande. The men walked into the packed court gallery with their faces covered with masks and hoodies. However, the magistrate ordered them to show their faces. Some of them bowed their heads as proceedings got under way.

AKA’s father Tony Forbes, dressed in black, stared at the men. Outside court he told media he believed the true mastermind behind his son’s murder is yet to be arrested.

– Additional reporting by Noxolo Sibiya and Times of Swaziland


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