AKA murder: Another suspect arrested; Cele hacked over announcement

Henry

The police have confirmed that a seventh suspect who is also wanted in connection with the sensational murder of chat rhymer Kiernan “AKA” Forbes and chef and businessman Tebello “Tibz” Motsoane has also been arrested.

Bheki Cele, Minister of Police, and Lt. Gen. Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, chief of police in KwaZulu-Natal, announced late on Tuesday evening that six suspects have been arrested for the murders and that a seventh suspect is still being sought.

According to Lirandzu Themba, Cele’s spokesperson, the seventh suspect was arrested earlier today.

Five of the suspects will appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

The police announced during Tuesday evening’s media conference that the 35-year-old musician was followed from the Durban airport to his hotel in Umhlanga and then to the Wish restaurant where he and Motsoane (34) were shot dead.

Two of the suspects were arrested in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) and have yet to be brought to South Africa.

However, Okkie Terblanche, DA MP and the party’s spokesperson for the police, slammed Cele over the late-night media conference to announce the breakthrough in the murder investigation and said it was an insult to thousands of families whose loved ones were murdered and whose cases are unresolved.

“While this high-profile case rightfully attracted public attention, Cele used the opportunity to score cheap political points by holding a media conference to show South Africa that the SAPS is doing its job as it is supposed to do. “

Terblanche believes that in his disastrous tenure, Cele often chose to focus on publicity opportunities that would garner support for him, rather than fulfilling his constitutional duty to oversee effective policing.

“It is embarrassing that the minister celebrates the arrests of persons that took more than a year to complete. While Cele uses the opportunity to parade in front of the cameras for a case that has been dragging on for more than a year, he neglects to tell us about the 27,494 murders that took place last year, the 25,181 murders the year before, or the 19,972 murders before that, and how these criminals were brought to justice.”