Former AKA bodyguard in court for Fort Hare murders

Former AKA bodyguard in court for Fort Hare murders

A former bodyguard of slain rapper Kiernan 'AKA' Forbes, is among the 15 people who appeared at the Dimbaza Magistrate’s Court in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday in connection with the Fort Hare University murder and attempted murder case. 

University of Fort Hare

The fifteen suspects were arrested in several provinces over the Easter weekend, taking the number of those detained now to 25.

The arrests follow the murders of the university's fleet manager, Petrus Roets, and the vice chancellor's bodyguard, Mboneli Vesele.

Speaking to the media on the sidelines, Police Minister Bheki Cele said their focus is on catching the masterminds behind such cases.

“We have stopped dealing with the individuals that commit a crime; the police deal with the structure. Even with the case of AKA, we are dealing with the structure, and when there are trigger pullers involved, we deal with the structure.”

Meanwhile, Fort Hare vice chancellor, professor Sakhele Buhlungu, said he was shocked to see some staff members in the dock.

“There are big surprises, there is disappointment and a sense of betrayal that we feel by some of the people here who were in positions of trust either as service providers or staff members. Yes, some of the people are from the university, but half only. The rest are from outside. The ones from the university were already outside the door, either suspended or dismissed.”

The matter continues in court.


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