Zakes Bantwini

Zakes Bantwini announced he will be retiring as a recording artist this year. Image via Instagram @zakesbantwini/ @postmalone._

Zakes Bantwini reflects on father’s murder and AKA’s death

Grammy artist Zakes Bantwini says AKA’s death reminds him of his father Sihlangusihle Jeffery Khanyile getting shot four times.

Zakes Bantwini

Zakes Bantwini announced he will be retiring as a recording artist this year. Image via Instagram @zakesbantwini/ @postmalone._

Osama hitmaker Zakes Bantwini, who just bagged a Grammy Award says he’s been dealing with immeasurable grief over his father, Sihlangusihle Jeffery Khanyile’s passing and was devastated when he heard rapper Kiernan “AKA” Forbes was also shot and killed.

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The musician Zakes Bantwini tells Drum that his life has been a rollercoaster in the past few weeks from his father Sihlangusihle Jeffery Khanyile’s death, winning a Grammy Award, to fellow artist Kiernan “AKA” Forbes getting shot and killed on Friday evening, 10 February in Durban. 

Forbes’ tragic death has prompted Zakes to take a break from his gigs for the next month.

“I am not doing any gigs for the next month because I am paranoid,” says Zakes Bantwini.

He also tells Drum that he is in limbo between celebrating his win and mourning.

The star bagged a Grammy for Best Global Music Performance with Nomcebo Zikode and Wouter Kellerman for their song Bayethe. 

“We are all fearful and when you have fear, you have to think again about going to a gig, about posting your show on your Instagram stories.” 

The star adds that the recent killing of AKA reminded him of the pain he felt when his father was also shot four times in the head last month.

“Nobody is supposed to die especially through somebody else’s will. We live in such trying times and it makes you worry because no one is ever brought to book when such things happen.”

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Iharare reports that KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner Lieutenant-General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi confirmed social media speculation that rapper Kiernan “AKA” Forbes shooting was an assassination.

Mkhwanazi added that based on the evidence that the police have collected so far, AKA’s death was an assassination.

“From the evidence that we have collected, we have no doubt. From what we have seen as the police is that two criminals walked across the street. There is one that walked first and stood on the side of the road. Another one walked around the car, and he shot only AKA behind his ear. He did not shoot the friend that was with him.”

Lieutenant-General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi also confirmed to Newzroom that there is a possibility that the Anele “Nelli” Tembe’s incident and the rapper’s killing are related.

“For now, we can’t link anything with the murder. However, our interest is to try and establish as to who would have wanted this man dead. So who was his enemy? We know the incident that happened in Cape Town. So that’s why when immediately when the incident happened, it’s part of our investigation strategy as we’re establishing all potential enemies of the deceased. The incident in Cape Town will definitely anger some people blaming him for being the cause of such death that happened in Cape Town,” Mkhwanazi said.

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