WATCH: Police confirm Tibz was never a target


WATCH: Police confirm Tibz was never a target

KZN police Commissioner Lt-Gen Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi revealed that Tibz was ‘not part of the plan’ but a victim of circumstance.

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On 28 February, the South African Police Service (SAPS) confirmed that six suspects were arrested in connection with the murder of AKA and his friend, celebrity chef Tibz.

Police Minister Bheki Cele and KwaZulu-Natal police Commissioner Lt-Gen Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi confirmed the breakthrough with a media briefing.



KZN police commissioner revealed that they kept their investigations under wraps for a year because of the nature of the case. Tibz and AKA were shot outside Wish restaurant on Florida Road in Durban in February 2023.

However, the police revealed that arrests of suspects date back to April 2023. Four suspects are already in custody, and the other two are still in Eswatini waiting for repatriation. The police made it known that they had a strong case against the suspects.

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During the briefing, the police shared more information in regards to Tibz and AKA murders. Speaking to the media, the police revealed that one of the six suspects trailed AKA from the Airport upon landing. The six suspects played different roles which are:

  • Coordinator – the master of everything
  • Two shooters
  • Two spotters – one in the restaurant and one outside the restaurant
  • Organiser of firearms and vehicles


However, the coordinator, ‘the master of everything,’ reportedly assembled the team and paid all suspects. During the briefing, the police commissioner said, “Mr Forbes was the main target.” The commissioner revealed that Tibz was never a target.

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He added that Tibz was ‘not part of the plan’ but a victim of circumstance because it was supposed to be a drive-by shooting. However, AKA took too long to leave, forcing the shooters to shoot them at point blank just outside Wish.

However, all the suspects will appear before the court on Thursday. The police are yet to share more court details.


Alaa Hamdy

Professional entertainment content writer in Hanover, South Africa. I know all the secrets of celebrities

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