ANC STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF RENOWNED RAPPER KIERNAN FORBES
The African National Congress is deeply saddened by the untimely passing of renowned rap music star Kiernan Forbes, popularly known as AKA. We are dismayed that such a bright star has been dimmed at its dawn.
AKA served as an inspiration in the development trajectory of South Africa and the continent. He flew the South African flag high in the global music stage, swooping a number of prestigious awards in the country and abroad.
We shall always remember him as that opinionated radical who stood at the forefront of the cultural revolution — against all odds.
We wish to extend our condolences to his mother Lynn Forbes and daughter Kairo Owethu Forbes as well as the rest of the family, friends, and the creative sector. May they find solace in knowing that their grief is shared by the entire nation. The South African music industry is indeed poorer without AKA. We call on law enforcement to leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the perpetrators of this brutal murder are brought to book.
To him we say you’ve run your victory lap and your season has ended. Hands up for your victory lap!
May your soul rest in peace.
Hamba kahle Mbongi yethu, sohlala sikukhumbula.
ISSUED BY THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS