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#RIPAKA | Rapper AKA remembered a year after his tragic murder

Rapper AKA was shot dead in Florida Rd in Durban on February 10 2023.
Rapper AKA was shot dead in Florida Rd in Durban on February 10 2023.
Image: Instagram/AKA

A year after his death, slain rapper AKA has shot up trends lists as many Mzansi remember his legacy.

Kiernan “AKA” Forbes was shot dead on February 10 outside a restaurant on Florida Road in Durban. His murder is still under investigation. 

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In his last public update on the investigation into AKA's murder, police minister Bheki Cele revealed that two witnesses who had helped with the case were being “kept safe”.

“We have found the getaway car, the gun has been found. They have found two people who I know for sure are kept safe because they know very well what happened on the particular day, who have given information for the police to get the gun, for the police to get the car,” he said during an interview with Faith Mangope on Metro FM.

“Those things are in the hands of the police as we speak. We know who we are chasing. And those two guys must be kept very safe because they know what happened on that day, and even beyond what happened, [they know] about the networks that led to the unfortunate murder of AKA.”

When asked if “inkabi” (hired killers) were behind his assassination, Cele said: “Those people ... some of them were hired. Some of those people were close associates.” 

In Cele's previous update on the investigation, he assured the public that police were working to make sure the criminals were brought to book. 

“They are chasing these people and are not far from dealing the final blow in this case,” said Cele. “This has taken some time for the family, friends and the nation but AKA was a well-known figure.” 

Cele asked that police “be given space to resist the push that might end in breaking the case, even before they complete the proper investigation”. 


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