Xanet Scheepers

By Xanet Scheepers

Digital Lifestyle Editor


‘Are we planning to shoot and kill all our stars?’: Reactions to AKA’s death

Politicians, peers from the entertainment industry and fans flooded social media with messages of condolences on Saturday morning.


A feeling of disbelief is enveloping South Africans this morning as they wake up to the news that one of the country’s most talented musicians was shot and killed at close range in KwaZulu-Natal.

Rapper Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes and a former manager Tebello Tibz Motsoane, were shot dead on Durban’s Florida road late on Friday evening.

The hashtags #RIPAKA, #akaworldwide, Kairo and Not Aka have been trending since late Friday night when news of his passing started making the rounds on social media.

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Tributes poured in for the award-winning rapper on Saturday morning from the South African entertainment industry, fellow colleagues, fans and politicians.

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‘The heartless murdered is a friend of someone’

The ANC in KwaZulu Natal has called on police to act firmly on crime following the murder on AKA. They’ve also called on anyone with information to cooperate with law enforcement agencies.

“The heartless murderer is a friend of someone. He is a brother and a neighbour. Most of all, the murderer is a community member. We are encouraging anyone with information to co-operate with law enforcement agencies.

It is a fact that some of those who are involved in such crimes are known by certain community members. We must not allow one individual to disgrace all of us as peace-loving South Africans,” Dr Pixley ka Isaka Seme House said in a statement on Saturday morning.

ANC KZN also shared their condolences to AKA’s family, business associates, the entertainment industry and his fans.

“We shall all miss his voice and sight but never from our hearts as we listen to his inspiring music,” it said in the statement.

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The South African government shared their condolences on Twitter.

“We would like to express our deepest condolences on the untimely passing of Hip Hop Superstar Kiernan Jarryd Forbes commonly known as “AKA”! May his soul rest in peace. The Megacy mourns you Bhova,” it tweeted.

Social media reacts to AKA’s shocking murder

The streets of Twitter were ablaze with messages of shock, disbelief and condolences on Saturday morning.

The country as a whole, from politicians and musicians, to fans and friends took to the social media platform to share their thoughts on the untimely passing of the world-renowned rapper.

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