Anele Tembe, AKA

GBV activists Women For Change have welcomed new of the NPA’s investigation into the death of Anele Nelli Tembe.
Images via Instagram: @womenforchangesa

‘We will be her voice’: GBV activists welcome Nelli Tembe news

‘We will fight for her’: GBV activists Women For Change said of the NPA’s decision to reinvestigate the death of Anele ‘Nelli Tembe’.

Anele Tembe, AKA

GBV activists Women For Change have welcomed new of the NPA’s investigation into the death of Anele Nelli Tembe.
Images via Instagram: @womenforchangesa

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has reopened an investigation into the mysterious circumstances of Anele Nelli Tembe’s death more than two years ago – and gender-based violence activists Women For Change are overjoyed.

The news was welcomed by the organisation, which has fervently fought for justice for the 22-year-old.

Tembe – a model and qualified chef – died after she allegedly jumped to her death off the tenth floor of a Cape Town hotel on 10 April 2021. At the time, she was with her rapper partner AKA.

The deceased rapper was shot and killed in Durban in February 2023.

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Nelli Tembe’s death has been clouded with uncertainty after her family expressed suspicions about what really happened. The Tembe family reportedly took the NPA to task over claims the latter failed to prosecute anyone – namely Forbes – following her death in 2021.

In a leaked letter addressed to the NPA, the Tembe family believed Nelli’s fiancé AKA was responsible for her death.

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According to the damning letter, the Tembe’s allege AKA – who was shot and killed in Durban in February – “pushed or threw” Anele over the balcony of their tenth-floor Cape Town hotel room in 2021.

Anele Nelli Tembe, AKA
AKA’s fiancee Nelli Tembe fell to her death off the 10th floor of the Pepper Club Hotel in Cape Town. Images via Instagram: @akaworldwide/ Property24

The Tembe’s are also pursuing legal action against the NPA after they claim the state prosecutors failed to disclose a police docket relating to Nelli’s death.

According to Sunday World, the docket has since been returned to the police, and an inquest has been reopened.

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Amid the news, Women For Change expressed their desire for justice for the late Nelli Tembe.

According to the organisation, Tembe was a victim of GBV in her relationship with AKA.

Speaking to The South African, founder Sabrina Walters said: “While we feel that South Africa has rather ‘collective amnesia’ about what happened to Anele Tembe on 11 April 2021, we are still deeply hurt by this horrific incident. So we welcome the decision of the reinvestigation of this case.

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Of AKA, Walters said: “Kiernan gained ‘hero status’ after he was murdered this year. Many forgot about the tragic passing of his fiancee two years ago, as well as the abuse allegations.

“Nellie’s story was overshadowed by celebrity worship, but we will not forget about her. We will be her voice and fight for her justice.”

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Of the investigations, Walters added:  “So many questions remain unanswered on how Nellie’s naked body ended up in front of the Pepper Club Hotel. Why was the investigation closed in the first time? Why were witness statements ignored? Why does Nellie’s family have no answer until today on how their child has died?”