After various social media platforms and organisations took to social media demanding that Kiernan “AKA” Forbes be muted on all radio stations and streaming platforms, the rapper’s father came to his son’s defence saying that his son had been struggling to mourn.
There has been a lot of discussion surrounding AKA and Anele “Nelli” Tembe’s relationship since Tembe plunged to her death from the 10th floor of the Pepperclub Hotel in Cape Town on 11 April.
Now, according to Sowetan, Tony on Wednesday 12 May spoke out against calls to #MuteAKA, as investigations continued into the death of Tembe. He said his son had been struggling to mourn properly because of the “damaging public perceptions” about the nature of their relationship with Tembe.
Even though the rapper had released a statement the night before shock footage of him breaking down a door in the couple’s Bryanston home in Johannesburg emerged — with Tembe’s friends claiming that AKA had been physically abusing her, Tony said the allegations against his son needed to be examined properly.
Tony also said that his son was pouring his feelings into his music at the moment and was not able to articulate himself well.
According to Zalebs, Tony later took to Instagram under the comments section when the NPO opposing gender-based violence (GBV) Women For Change urged followers and the entertainment industry to mute AKA.
“You want to mute him so that you don’t have to listen to the other side of the story? You want to take away a man’s bread and butter on the basis of an unnamed source who sent images showing him breaking down a door, nothing more?” he wrote on Instagram.
“Have you actually engaged the verifiable facts? Does your justice for women include the principles of transparency, the truth, process and fairness? If so, fight first to hear all the facts on both sides. Demand that before you condemn him. No one is hiding here or running away. Demand it from the tabloids. If you do not subscribe to the principles mentioned, what differentiates you from a vigilante group? And is this really the change for women in South Africa you are after?”
When asked if he had seen the videos released, he responded by saying that he knows more than what we have seen in those videos.
“I did see it. I do also know more than what appears in that video. I am saying exactly what you are accusing me of. Don’t be shallow, look deeper before you judge.”
He later explained to TshisaLive that he was prompted to reply to the NPO because he was frustrated.
“It becomes frustrating as a father to watch while your loved one being disparaged and tarnished. Relationships are very difficult to navigate, I can only imagine what one under public scrutiny is like. Do all relationships have their ups and downs? Absolutely, and Kiernan’s relationship with Anele was one of those. But in talking about it we have to be truthful and be accountable to the overall truth of it.”