Bheki Cele

Police Minister Bheki Cele has spoken out on the death of SA rapper AKA.
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‘Bheki Cele is useless’: Fans after AKA murder suspects’ release

South Africans have slammed Police Minister Bheki Cele following reports that the men linked to AKA and Tibz’s murders have been released.

Bheki Cele

Police Minister Bheki Cele has spoken out on the death of SA rapper AKA.
Images via Instagram
@akaworldwide/ LUCA SOLA, AFP

The Megacy — slain rapper AKA’s legion of fans — are fuming and labelling Police Minister Bheki Cele “useless” after reports that three of the four men allegedly arrested in connection with the rapper’s brazen murder have been released.

According to News24, the four suspects’ advocate Annelene van den Heever said that three of her clients were released in the middle of the night on Wednesday, 29 March.

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AKA — real name Kiernan Jarryd Forbes — and celebrity chef Tebello “Tibz” Motsoane were gunned down in Durban on 10 February.

On Sunday, it was reported that three men were arrested and taken into custody along with two others in Belhar, Cape Town.

Speaking to TimesLIVE, Van den Heever said the four men were transported from Cape Town on Tuesday and arrived in Durban on Wednesday.

She said after three were released, one would appear at the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Thursday for carjacking. The other men have reportedly gone into hiding due to death threats.

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AKA and Tibz. Images via Instagram: @akawirldwide, @tebello.motsoane


Despite these reports, the South African Police Service (SAPS) has maintained that there has not been a breakthrough in the AKA and Tibz murder investigation.

On Wednesday, kwaZulu-Natal spokesperson, Colonel Robert Netshiunda said that reports on the case are misleading and jeopardise 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,” he said.

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AKA’s fans, who likened the alleged developments in the investigation to the Senzo Meyiwa murder case, have slammed law enforcement following news of the suspects’ release.

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