AKA a “patriotic artist who flew the South African flag high”

AKA a “patriotic artist who flew the South African flag high”

The Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation has described the late hip hop star Kiernan “AKA” Forbes as a patriotic artist who flew the South African flag high around the globe. 

Kiernan Forbes

The 35-year-old hitmaker was gunned down in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), on Friday night while walking along popular Florida Road. 


Department spokesperson Masechaba Khumalo says their thoughts and prayers are with his family. 


“AKA was known as one of the most patriotic artists who literally flew the South African flag high everywhere he went around the globe. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, industry peers and fans throughout the continent. Rest in peace SUPA MEGA.” 


Messages of condolences have started pouring in for Forbes, who died before a scheduled performance in Durban. 


KZN Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube and Durban Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda are among the many dignitaries who have passed messages of support to his family. 

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“This is a darkest hour for all of us and a loss to the whole nation. Crime is eating the fabric of our society and everyone must unite and play a role in fighting criminality,” says Dude-Mncube. 

Kaunda added that they were looking forward to AKA performing at the Durban All White Concert at the Durban ICC next week on Saturday.

“We call upon members of the community who might have witnessed the incident to share information with the police.

“The inhumane killing of the rapper on a popular nightlife street will have an impact on Durban’s hottest nightspots image that the Municipality and its partners have worked hard over the years to build.

“The freedom of our residents is threatened each time a person is killed or robbed.”


Police are investigating the motive for the murder. 

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