South African Police Make Progress in AKA and Tibz Murder Case, Believes Resolution is Near
The South African Police Service has expressed confidence in their ongoing investigation into the murder of rapper Kiernan "AKA" Forbes and his friend Tebello "Tibz" Motsoane, who were tragically gunned down outside a Durban restaurant on February 10, 2023. Recent reports suggest that the police have made a significant breakthrough in the case, bringing them closer to resolving the shocking double homicide.
Police Minister Bheki Cele addressed the media during a briefing at Tshedimosetso House in Hatfield, Tshwane, shedding light on the latest developments. Cele revealed that KwaZulu Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, had provided crucial information regarding the investigation. This includes the emergence of CCTV footage capturing the shooting, which shows two individuals approaching the victims at close range before fleeing past a satellite police station across Florida Road.
"The cars have been found, people have been identified, and even the firearm used was found," stated Cele. However, he urged the public to allow the police sufficient time to continue their investigation diligently. "We would request that police are given the space and themselves must resist the push that might end up breaking their case even before they achieve the proper investigation," Cele emphasized. Additionally, the National Joints Operational and Intelligence structure aims to reinforce security measures.
Cele expressed gratitude towards the communities for their unwavering support of the police and their cooperation in providing valuable information that aids the investigation. He acknowledged the significant role played by those who contribute to the overall intelligence community by coming forward with pertinent details. Cele concluded his statement by commending the collaborative efforts and encouraged continued support from the public.
KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner Mkhwanazi previously shared that the investigation was still ongoing and expressed his hope of not being questioned again regarding the progress made. He revealed that the murder occurred in a public place, where numerous individuals were present, resulting in multiple phone calls and the availability of video footage. Providing insight into the investigative process, Mkhwanazi explained that the team was currently analyzing over 6 TB of data, including the examination of more than 25 cell phones. These devices belong to individuals of interest and may yield crucial information related to the case, such as communication patterns and associations with the deceased.
Mkhwanazi confirmed that several individuals had been interviewed, including those who were present during the incident and others of interest to the investigation. The police have also identified several vehicles believed to have been used as either getaway or transport vehicles by potential suspects. Furthermore, one firearm used in the murders has been identified by the South African Police Service.
"We, as SAPS, have identified a few individuals that, after discussing with the NPA, we might start bringing them in," Mkhwanazi revealed. He called for the public's appreciation of the dedicated efforts put forth by the police force in conducting thorough investigations to bring justice to the victims and their families.
The progress made in the AKA and Tibz murder case marks a significant step forward in uncovering the truth behind this tragic event.