AKA and his longtime friend Tebello “Tibz” Motsoane were shot to death on Friday night after leaving the well-known restaurant for dinner. Some nearby establishments on Florida Road have been closed in the wake of the star’s high-profile death. The incident was captured on CCTV, which has been making the rounds on social media. It reveals how two guys fired at the two from close range before running away. An emotional candlelight vigil and prayer service were held at the crime location in honor of the late artist and Tibz. South Africans are trying to put together the facts surrounding AKA’s assassination, which has brought the nation to a standstill. Forbes was booked to perform at a club on Friday night, according to the Durban city mayor, Mxolisi Kaunda.
Tebello “Tibz” Motsoane and AKA friendship
Before the incident rapper AKA was having a boy’s weekend away with his longtime friend and well-known chef Tebello’ Tibz’ Motsoane. Former co-founder of the clothing company Head Honcho and founder of Showlove Consulting, where the musician is now a partner, Tebello Tibz Motsoane, Tibz is the person who first exposed us to AKA and, was significant in influencing the hip-hop culture in South Africa at the time. Tebello Motti was quite active when AKA first entered the scene and even appeared in the Jealousy music video.
Forbes Family Confirmation
In a statement released on Twitter, Forbes’s parents, Tony and Lynn Forbes said they “acknowledge the passing of our beloved son, and confirm his untimely and tragic passing”.“To us Kieran Jarryd Forbes was a son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend, most importantly a father to his beloved daughter Kairo. To many, he was AKA, Supermega, Bhova and the many other names of affection his legion of fans called him b. Our son was loved and he gave love in return.”
They requested time to process their loss and stated that they were expecting more information from the Durban police. “In this time of grief we appeal for your compassion, space and time to assemble as family to decide on the upcoming days. We thank you for the love and support we have received thus far and ask you to continue to keep us in your prayers and uplifted in the Lord,” the statement concluded.
Colonel Robert Netshiunda, a police spokesperson, stated that two individuals were shot to death and a third was injured. Police have not yet made any arrests, and they are also currently unaware of possible motivations. “What we can confirm for now is that a well-known musician, 35 years old, and his bodyguard, who is said to be 34 years old, were shot and killed in Florida Road on Friday night,” he said.
High murder rates
Last November, a drive-by shooting in Johannesburg claimed the lives of DJ Sumbody and Oupa Sefoka, stars of the dance music genre Amapiano. One of the most well-known and well-liked international singers from Africa was killed by gun violence in South Africa.Reggae musician Lucky Dube was shot three times at close range in 2007 during a failed hijacking as he dropped off his teenage kid at a relative’s house. South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world.
For personal defense, many people own handguns with licenses, and there are many more illicit firearms in use. Eight people were shot and killed at a birthday celebration last month, and the nation saw many mass shootings at bars previous year.According to Gun Free SA, a lobbying and advocacy group working to stop gun violence in South Africa, 30 people are shot and killed daily. Ronald Lamola, the minister of justice, has demanded “the arrest and prosecution of the criminals.”
Gauteng Premier wants to strengthen gun Laws
Panyaza Lesufi, the premier of Gauteng, says that a discussion about toughening gun laws is urgently needed. “This matter was raised sharply. If we can’t act, those with illegal guns will finish law-abiding citizens. Those with illegal guns will play god and decide who lives and dies. We will approach the legislature on strengthening gun laws.”
Music producers have praised Forbes’ work ethic, stating that he earned the name Supa Mega by consistently creating hits. , TK Nciza who first signed the artist, said Forbes’ music was always in demand. He was able to reinvent himself. “He was very inquisitive. The work ethic was second to none. He wanted to be a star. He believed he was a star. The image he possessed, highly opinionated and respected his art.”
Oscar Oskido Mdlongwa, a friend and fellow singer, said Forbes embraced fatherhood and always made time for his daughter, who is now seven years old. “A lot of the time, we as fathers are not present. We don’t even celebrate milestones with our children. A lot of mistakes we make as fathers. But I think Kiernan showed that differently. Even taking his kid for a holiday through his busy schedule.”Later in the week, the family is expected to make an announcement regarding the funeral and memorial service plans.