Posh S.A restaurant forced to close down after AKA's shooting

The hotels director said they'd experienced severe downturn in business after AKA was gunned outside their doorstep

Posh SouthAfrican restaurant forced to close down following AKA's shooting
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Two months after popular South African rapper Kiernan Forbes who was popularly known by his stage name AKA was shot and killed outside a hotel in Durban, the hotel has announced it will be permanently shutting down.

On the evening of 10th February, the rapper was shot at close range outside a lavish award-winning South African restaurant identified as Wish on Florida which is located in the coastal city of Durban.

AKA was gunned down alongside his close friend, a chef, and entrepreneur identified as Tebello 'Tibz' Motsoane 


Now the popular restaurant in Durban has now been forced to permanently close down its doors barely 4 years after it was opened following the brutal assassination of ‘AKA’ Forbes on its doorsteps.

Wish on Florida was an affluent Italian cuisine-inspired restaurant that was opened back in 2019. It is owned by two black entrepreneurs including the establishment's director Philani Benson Kweyama aka Benny Maverick.

he was gunned outside a posh restaurant in South Africa
The late South African rapper AKA he was gunned outside a posh restaurant in South Africa
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Speaking on their looming closure Kweyama confirmed that the restaurant will be closing on the 10th of April via a lengthy Instagram post, where he went on to invite the public to what he terms "The Last Supper."


“It is with great sadness that we announce the imminent closure of Wish On Florida effective 10th April 2023 – where we will be hosting “The Last Supper.

In light of the recent tragic event on our doorstep, we have experienced a severe downturn in business which leaves the directors with no other choice but to close the business permanently as the brand equity of Wish On Florida has been deeply hindered." Part of Kweyama's sad Instagram post read.

He went on to add, "we would like to thank the city of Durban for the tremendous support over the last three years – catering to you and the rest of the country has been an absolute joy and your support will forever be engraved on Wish On Florida’s legacy.

We would also like to thank the various brands and suppliers who’ve been part of the Wish On Florida family since we opened our doors.

With very little knowledge of the industry, you walked us through the business of hospitality and delivered exceptional service and for that, we will forever be grateful."

Popular South African restaurant Wish on Florida
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Mr. Benson  announced that the restaurant would be having an exciting line-up of activities from the 7th of April leading up to the 10th of April when the Last Supper would be held.

"Last, but not least – our staff members who are the fabric that held Wish On Florida together – this was not an easy decision. Our efforts to keep our doors open to ensure the security of your employment has been difficult, and unfortunately, the above-mentioned has led to an untimely farewell.

Thank you for your outstanding dedication and passion for providing the best service and quality to Wish On Florida. Thank you for embracing and embodying our vision and bringing it to life every day for the last three years. Thank you for making Wish On Florida a dream come true.

A wish is the start of a dream." The last of the post read.

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