South Africa: Five Men Reportedly Arrested in Connection with Shooting of Rapper AKA - South African News Briefs - March 28, 2023

South African rapper AKA shot dead in Durban
28 March 2023


Five Suspects in Late Rapper AKA's Shooting Arrested in Cape Town - Reports

News24 reports that five men are being questioned in relation to the murder of rapper Kiernan Forbes, also known as AKA. The news website quotes Netwerk24 as saying that detectives from KwaZulu-Natal reportedly apprehended three of the suspects at a shopping centre in Belhar, Cape Town on Sunday, after trailing them for two weeks. The remaining two suspects were reportedly arrested in the same neighborhood. According to IOL, the suspects will be transported to KwaZulu-Natal to face charges. AKA and his friend, Tebello 'Tibz' Motsoane, were shot outside a popular restaurant on Durban's Florida Road in February. These reports have not been confirmed by the police, with News24 quoting spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Netshiunda as saying: "There is no update on the AKA matter at this stage. Police will provide progress on the matter in due course."

Banyana Goalie Andile Dlamini Grabs Major Award

Andile Dlamini, the goalkeeper for Banyana Banyana, has expressed her gratitude and sense of privilege at being named South Africa's Sports Star of the Year, reports EWN. The 30-year-old was awarded this honour on Saturday night at the SA Sports Awards, surpassing competition from prominent athletes such as Mathew Sates, a swimming sensation, and Ashleigh Buhai, a golf star. Dlamini played a pivotal role in South Africa's momentous victory at the Women's Africa Cup of Nations last year.

Speedy Bob the Turtle Making 'Remarkable' Progress

Famous sea grass-munching reptile, Bob, who spent eight years at Cape Town's Two Oceans Aquarium, is currently traveling at an impressive 50km per day along the African coast, reports TimesLive. Since being released from a beach north of Durban 56 days ago, Bob has travelled a distance of 2,760km, a feat that his previous caretakers describe as "remarkable". Bob's progress is being tracked through a satellite tracker attached to his shell, with regular updates published on a Two Oceans Blog. The monitoring team notes that Bob's speed is particularly impressive when compared to two smaller turtles released last year, Pan (a loggerhead turtle) and Turbo (a juvenile green turtle), who have been exploring the west coast of South Africa and moving considerably slower at around 22km per day. Bob, on the other hand, has been riding the fast-moving Agulhas Current in a south-easterly direction.

Mental Evaluation of Alleged Parliament Arsonist Initiated

Zandile Mafe, the alleged Parliament arsonist, has been ordered by the High Court in Cape Town to undergo a pschiatric evaluation, SABC News reports. Mafe's mental health will be assessed over a period of 30 days at the facility after which he will be transported to Polsmoor Correctional Facility ahead of hios next court appearance scheduled for May 8, 2023. Mafe faces charges of terrorism, theft and arson after he allegedly set fire to the National Assembly chamber during January 2022.

International Authority Conducts Audit on South African Aviation Safety

A 12-day Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) of the nation's civil aviation safety system and oversight capabilities will be conducted by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), IOL reports. The ICAO last audited the nation ion 2017 when an Effective Implementation rating of 87.39% was determined compared to the current global average of 67.5%. Meanwhile, the Minister of Transport Sindisiwe Chikunga welcomed the nation's Category 1 Status by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration of the United States which allows South African operators unrestricted flight directly into the U.S.

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