Police have recovered a firearm allegedly used in the murders of South African musician Kiernan “AKA” Forbes and his friend Tebello “Tibz” Motsoane, according to a source close to the investigation.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told IOL that a 9mm pistol was found in uMlazi, south of Durban, over the weekend. Ballistics tests reportedly confirmed the gun was linked to the February 10 shooting that killed Forbes and Motsoane.

A man in his 20s has been arrested in connection with the firearm’s recovery, the source said. However, another source claimed the gun had been available for hire.

Forbes and Motsoane were shot dead outside Wish Restaurant in Florida Road, Durban. Forbes was exiting the restaurant when a gunman approached and shot him dead, followed by Motsoane.

When contacted for comment, KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Colonel Robert Netshiunda asked the media to allow SAPS investigators to work without undue pressure.

In March, four men were arrested in connection with the murders but later released. One man faced a hijacking charge. Defense attorney Annelene van den Heever said the police had no grounds to arrest her clients. Van den Heever claimed the arrests were irregular and unlawful.