Court Arraigns 5 Suspects Over Murder Of South African Rapper AKA

Court Arraigns 5 Suspects Over Murder Of South African Rapper AKA

Five of the seven men accused in the murder case of South African rapper AKA and his friend Tibz have appeared in court, with their faces covered.

The proceedings were broadcast live on TV and have been postponed until next week.

The prosecutor listed 10 charges, including murder, conspiracy, and possession of firearms.

The victims were shot outside a restaurant in Durban a year ago, causing shock in South Africa.

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AKA‘s father, Police Minister Cele, and the police commissioner were present in court.

The state asked for a postponement for further investigation.

It said it planned to add two other suspects recently arrested in Eswatini to the case, adding to the delay.

The prosecutor said their extradition process was currently under way. He would not be drawn on when this would likely be concluded, but said it could take a few months.

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The five accused did not make any comment in court but their lawyers said they would apply for bail, which the state intends to oppose.

Speaking to the eNCA news channel, Mr Forbes said he had prepared himself to face his son’s alleged murderers.

“I want to look them in the eye,” he said. “I hope this is the start of a phase where we learn who did this, who commissioned this and the appropriate punishment is given.”

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Interviewed during a break in court he commented on the suspects having their faces covered. He said “we should be able to see who they are”.

The five were later ordered to remove their face coverings.

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