Vusi Thembekwayo

Vusi Thembekwayo has apologised for his comments about the death of rapper AKA – Kiernan Forbes.
Images via Instagram: @akaworldwide/ @vusithembekwayo

Sorry, not sorry? Vusi Thembekwayo ‘apologises’ for AKA comment

Vusi Thembekwayo has apologised for his controversial comments about AKA’s death, while trying to school SA on what he really meant to say.

Vusi Thembekwayo

Vusi Thembekwayo has apologised for his comments about the death of rapper AKA – Kiernan Forbes.
Images via Instagram: @akaworldwide/ @vusithembekwayo

Controversial businessman Vusi Thembekwayo has apologised to the family of AKA – real name Kiernan Forbes – after he used the rapper’s death to make a political statement.

In a recent interview, the outspoken entrepreneur insinuated that the Apartheid government could do a better job at catching AKA’s killers than the current democratic one.

Vusi expressed his views on eNCA during a discussion about South Africa’s financial crisis.

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Speaking on the Power to Truth show on Monday, 27 February, Vusi Thembekwayo shared his unfiltered opinions on everything that was wrong in SA.

The 37-year-old then compared the ANC government’s “incapability” to the Apartheid government’s “capabilities.” However, the wealthy businessman threw viewers a curveball when he name-dropped murdered rapper AKA.

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He said of his “controversial statement”: “If, God forbid, what happened to Kiernan Forbes happened during Apartheid, and the Apartheid government wanted to find the killer, they would’ve found that killer in 24 hours”.

“That is a fact….so the question for everyone to ask themselves is how could we have gone from such an incredibly capable state to the state of such incapability”.


Following his comments, Vusi Thembekwayo’s name quickly became a trending Twitter topic.

And while a handful agreed with the entrepreneur, others accused him of being an “Apartheid apologist”.

After taking time to think about his words, Vusi shared a video apology, dedicated to the Forbes family and South Africans.

He said: “I am so sorry to the Forbes family for using your son, brother, and breadwinner to make a point. I’m sorry that I amplified your suffering by bringing you into this conversation.

“I hope you find it in your heart to forgive me. It was not my intention to disrespect Kiernan Forbes’s legacy or to use him for cheap, political scoring.”

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Addressing his controversial statement, Vusi added: “That seems to have triggered some of you”.

Vusi then went on to explain what he did and did not mean in the viral clip.

He added: “You wanted to hear me say that ‘Apartheid was good, and I definitely didn’t say that.