South African police denies arresting killers of rapper, AKA
South African police have denied reports that killers of rapper, Kiernan Forbes, popularly known as AKA, have been arrested.
Reports making the rounds in the country over the past weekend had indicated that the police had made a big breakthrough in the case following public outcry that it had gone cold with an hashtag, #JusticeForAKA, becoming the most trending hashtags in the country.
Several authoritative South African media had reported that the police had made a breakthrough in the investigation and that an anonymous source close to the investigation had revealed that three suspects were arrested in Cape Town on Sunday.
The report also stated that the suspects were now in police custody, and would be charged in Durban where the assassination took place.
But in a statement on Monday, the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) police dismissed the report that arrests have been made in the investigation of AKA’s murder case.
KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson, Colonel Robert Netshiunda, who refuted the reports, said some people had jumped the gun.
“Where are you guys getting this information? There has been no update as yet regarding the case,” he said when asked if there was a breakthrough as yet.
The Western Cape police spokesperson, Andre Traut, who also described the report as false, said the police have not received no information regarding the arrest.
“It is a KZN case, should we get any information, it will be sent to them. You should contact them for information,” he said.
Also denying the report, the late rapper’s legal representative, Rudolph Baloyi, said as far as he is concerned, there has not been any arrest in connection with the murder of AKA.
Baloyi who was reacting after media reports surfaced at the weekend that three suspects had been nabbed for the rapper’s murder, said at a press conference in Cape Town that no arrests have been made.
“No, it is not true. No suspects have been arrested in connection with my client’s murder case,” Baloyi said.
The “Fela In Versace” rapper was gunned down in a drive-by shooting outside the Wish restaurant on Florida Road in Durban on the evening of February 10, as he was preparing to perform at the YUGO nightclub.
Kenyan govt to convert ‘evil cult’ forest into a memorial site
The Kenyan government says it plans to convert the Shakahola Forest, where bodies of over 250 members of a Christian cult led by Pastor Paul Mackenzie were exhumed, into a national memorial.
The eastern African country was thrown into a frenzy in April when some followers of the pastor reportedly died after he instructed them to starve to death so they could meet with Jesus.
Kenya’s Interior Minister, Kithure Kindiki, who disclosed the intentions of the government at a press conference on Tuesday, said once the recovery of the bodies buried in the 800-acre forest was complete, the forest would be “turned into a place of remembrance so that people won’t forget what happened there.”
The minister added that the government had enough evidence to prosecute the leader of the cult and the main suspect, Pastor Mackenzie, on charges of genocide after he allegedly convinced his followers to fast to death in order to go to heaven.
“Most of the victims, including children, died of starvation but some were strangled, beaten, or suffocated,” Kindiki said, quoting autopsy reports.
Kindiki said investigations had shown that the cult’s activities extended beyond the Shakahola Forest, adding that investigations had extended to the larger 37,000-acre Chakama ranch in the area.
“Security roads are being constructed to provide access to the expansive area as search and rescue operations and investigations continues,” he said.
Scientists discover world’s oldest burial site in South Africa
Scientists in South Africa say they have discovered the oldest-known burial site in the world “containing remains of a small-brained distant relative of humans previously thought incapable of complex behaviour,” world-renowned palaeoanthropologist, Lee Berger, who led the team of researchers, said on Monday.
The find was announced by the University of the Witwatersrand, the National Geographic Society and the South African National Research Foundation, and published in the journal, eLife.
It challenges the understanding of human evolution which is normally held that the development of bigger brains allowed for the performing of complex functions.
Berger said the research team uncovered evidence that “members of a mysterious archaic human species buried their dead and carved symbols on cave walls long before the earliest evidence of burials by modern humans.”
“The brains belonging to the extinct species, known as Homo naledi, were around one-third the size of a modern human brain,” he said in a statement while announcing the result of the discovery.
“These revelations could change the understanding of human evolution, because until now, such behaviors only have been associated with larger-brained Homo sapiens and Neanderthals,” he added.
According to the palaeoanthropologist, the team discovered several specimens of Homo naledi, a tree-climbing, Stone Age hominid, buried about 30 metres (100 feet) underground in a cave system within the Cradle of Humankind located in Johannesburg, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
“These are the most ancient interments yet recorded in the hominin record, earlier than evidence of Homo sapiens interments by at least 100,000 years,” Berger wrote.
Before the discovery, the oldest burials previously unearthed were found in the Middle East which contained the remains of Homo sapiens and were around 100,000 years old.
But the South African find reportedly dates back to at least 200,000 BC.
“These discoveries show that mortuary practices were not limited to H. sapiens or other hominins with large brain sizes,” Berger said.
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