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South African police links prominent businessman to AKA’s murder

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South African Police have linked prominent businessman, Sydney Mfundo Gcaba, to the murder of rapper, Kiernan Forbes, also known as AKA, who was gunned down together with his close friend, Tibz Motsoane, outside a Durban restaurant in February last year.

According to a statement by the police, Mfundo who is a nephew to former President Jacob Zuma, allegedly paid more than R800,000 into the account of one of the suspects who were arrested last month for the double murder.

Mfundo Gcaba is a member of the wealthy Gcaba family which controls numerous other companies in addition to an enormous taxi empire in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province.

The police said its investigations have revealed that the money was paid into the account of the accused on 11 February, a day after the murder of AKA and Tibz, alleging that the money was paid as proceeds for the murder of Forbes.

In an affidavit deposed by lead investigating officer, Kumaran Pillay, the police alleges that “one of the Gcaba brothers paid a sum of more than R800,000 into one of the bank accounts of the accused.”

“Durban businessman and taxi business funder, Mziwethemba Gwabeni, who’s also one of the accused in the matter, allegedly received the money into his business bank account the day after the murder on 11 February,” the affidavit said.

“The money was paid via the business bank account of Bright Circle Pty Ltd, a company Gcaba is the sole director of. Gwabeni proceeded to pay his co-accused an amount of R133,000 each thereafter.”

State prosecutor, Advocate Elvis Gcweka, who also addressed a press conference on the outcome of investigations thus far, said that cellphone records gathered showed that prior to the money being paid, Gwabeni and Gcaba spoke.

“Shortly after this call, an amount of R803,455 is transferred into the bank account of the applicant.

“The reference for the payment was made under “consults” but investigations so far have been unable to establish a business relationship between them.

“The money was then allegedly divided equally among the seven accused,” the prosecutor said.

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UK returns Ghana’s royal artefacts looted 150 years ago in ‘loan deal’

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The United Kingdom has returned 32 royal artefacts looted from Ghana’s Asante Kingdom in the 19th Century in a “loan deal” agreed on by the two governments last year.

The artefacts which are mainly golden royal regalia, were looted over 150 years ago from the Asante Palace in Kumasi during the Anglo-Asante Wars, including the infamous Sargrenti War of 1874.

The revered items which were returned to the West African country by the British Museum (BM) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), will however, will be on loan for an initial three years and renewable for another three years.

A statement by the the Asante Palace on Thursday stated that the loan deal is not with the Ghanaian government but with the current traditional ruler of the Ashanti people, Otumfo Osei Tutu II.

The idea behind the loan deal, according to local media, is based on the premise of legal restrictions in the UK which have made it impossible to return the artefacts permanently.

The return of the artefacts also coincides with the silver jubilee anniversary of Asantehene Osei Tutu II, who first started the negotiations in May last year.

“Gold and silver regalia, associated with the Asante royal court, will be displayed at the Palace Museum as part of a long-term loan commitment by the Victoria & Albert and the British Museum,” the Asantehene’s Palace said.

It added that Tutu will receive the gold artefacts which are the symbol of the Asante traditional authority. in specially designed Belgian cases in Kumasi, after which the Manhyia Palace Museum will be closed for three weeks for installation works and encasing.

Many of the items which will be seen in Ghana for the first time in 150 years, include 15 pieces from the British Museum and 17 from the Victoria & Albert Museum and will be on display and open to the public in May.

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American rap icon Ja Rule lands in Ghana for a charity project

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American rap icon, Jeffrey Bruce Atkins Sr., popularly known as Ja Rule, has landed in Ghana for a charity project that will oversee the construction of a classroom block at the Nuaso Anglican Primary School.

Ja Rule who announced his trip to the West African country via a social media post, said he will touch down in Accra on Wednesday, April 10th, for groundbreaking event “to make an impact on lives in the West African nation.”

The “Mesmerize” rapper explained that the project which is m an initiative of an international NGO, “Pencils of Promise”, is seeking to “bring quality education to kids around the world.”

“Groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a classroom block at Nuaso Anglican Primary School, Ghana,” Ja Rule said, while confirming his trip to Ghana.

On a flyer promoting the trip on his X handle, the American star wrote on Tuesday:

“Building towards the future… Ghana see you tomorrow.”

The post which generated a lot of excitement among fans of the rapper and other social media users in Ghana, saw many welcoming the visit and the initiative.

Joy FM top presenter, Lexis Bill, took to the social media to write:

“Awesome!!!! Ghana loves you 🇬🇭. Ghana is grateful,” while popular TV Presenter, Blaqueboy, also chipped in with: “Love from the motherland, welcome back to this side.”

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