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  • Updated: June 04, 2023

AKA: Police Record Breakthroughs In Slain Rapper's Case

AKA: Police Record Breakthroughs In Slain Rapper's Case


Police have reportedly made important breakthroughs in the investigation on the murder of Kiernan Forbes, also known as AKA.

According to a News24 report on Sunday, police are looking into suspects who are members of a 'powerful and feared family' in KZN, with ties to the taxi industry and the construction mafia.

According to the report, police are also looking into AKA's close associates following his February murder outside Wish restaurant on Florida Road in Durban.

AKA's friend and celebrity chef Tebello "Tibz" Motsoane was also killed in the incident.

According to security sources, AKA and Motsoane were followed from King Shaka International Airport to the Wish on Florida restaurant.

Police Spokesperson Col Robert Netshiunda told media houses on Sunday: "We have issued a statement saying we need space and time to work.

"We’ve got no updates. When the time is right, we will make it public.

“There are people who want to destabilise investigations.” 

According to a source, one of the suspects was present when AKA's fiancé Nelisiwe 'Nellie' Tembe died in Cape Town in 2021.

The NPA decided to reopen the investigation into Tembe's death in May.

The decision came after the Tembe family wrote a letter to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) claiming that Nellie died as a result of foul play.

It was also reported that the family claimed crucial evidence had been ignored, including:

A witness, Rob Stefanatto, said in a statement he heard an argument between a woman and a man coming from AKA’s hotel room. 

Before Nellie’s fall, the witness claimed: “he overheard the woman desperately asking the attacker, a man, to leave her alone”.

AKA did not attend to his injured fiancée, who remained alive for approximately 20 minutes. Stefanatto administered CPR and called emergency services.

AKA “cleaned up the hotel room where blood was found on some towels.”

The rapper “partied and drank at the hotel with his entourage following the passing of his fiancée”.

Nellie’s fingerprints were not found on the balustrade of the balcony, which would have indicated that she had climbed over the railing herself.

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