Police refute claims of arrests made for AKA murder

Police refute claims of arrests made for AKA murder

KwaZulu-Natal police have dismissed reports of a breakthrough in its investigation into the killing of hip-hop artist Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes.

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Forbes and his celebrity chef friend Tebello “Tibz” Motsoane were gunned down in February while leaving a restaurant on Florida Road in Durban.

Reports emerged this week claiming a number of suspects had been arrested by police in the Western Cape.

Video footage, purportedly showing heavily armed men arresting a group believed to be suspects in the murder investigation, has also gone viral on social media.

KZN police spokesperson Robert Netshiunda says the reports are misleading and may end up jeopardising the probe.

"Although police understand that the matter attracted media attention and that the public awaits with bated breath for any developments, police are calling upon the media and everyone else to refrain from making reports that have the potential of jeopardising ongoing investigations. 

"Such reports also have a potential of putting at risk the lives of the people purported to have been arrested as well as endangering the lives of individuals who are portrayed as police officers in photographs and videos which have been doing the rounds on certain websites and social media platforms."

Netshiunda says the 'irresponsible reporting' is rubbing salt into the family’s wounds.

"Police are appealing for space and time to investigate the matter without undue pressure and unwarranted scrutiny from armchair investigators, analysists and faceless so-called sources who are claiming to be closer to the investigations. 

"Police are duty-bound to keep the victims’ families abreast about any developments in the investigations.”


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