AKA murder: Extradition process begins


Justice Minister Ronald Lamola has finally approved and submitted an application to have two brothers extradited to South Africa so they can stand trial on home soil for the murder of Kiernan “AKA” Forbes and Tebello “Tibz” Motsoane.

Siyabonga and Malusi Ndimande were arrested in Eswatini last month for their alleged role in the murder of Forbes and Motsoane. As of last Tuesday, however, the authorities in Eswatini had not yet received any extradition request from their South African counterparts.

This is no longer the case.

“The ministry stands ready to give its highest level of cooperation to its counterparts in the Kingdom of Eswatini,” confirmed Chrispin Phiri, spokesperson for the Department of Justice and Correctional Services, on Tuesday.

The two Ndimande brothers are accused together with five others, including two of their brothers, of the sensational murder of Forbes and Motsoane a year ago.

Their five co-accused have appeared several times in the Durban Magistrate’s Court in connection with the murders.

However, since their respective arrests at the end of last month, the seven men have not all moved into one dock together.

RNews previously reported that Forbes (35) and Motsoane (34) were shot dead on 10 February last year in Florida Road in Morningside, Durban, shortly after they had dinner at the Wish restaurant.

Before his death, Forbes was followed from the Durban airport to his hotel in Umhlanga and then to Wish where he and Motsoane were shot dead.

Two armed suspects crossed the street on the night in question and shot Forbes and Motsoane at close range before running away. Forbes and Motsoane were both pronounced dead at the scene.