AKA, Anele Nelli Tembe

Slain rapper AKA and his late fiancee Anele Nelli Tembe. Images via Instagram @akaworldwide

Police reinvestigating death of AKA’s fiancee Anele Tembe

AKA’s parents, Tony and Lynn Forbes, have reportedly been informed that investigations into the death of Anele Tembe have been reopened.

AKA, Anele Nelli Tembe

Slain rapper AKA and his late fiancee Anele Nelli Tembe. Images via Instagram @akaworldwide

The death of Anele “Nelli” Tembe – who was slain rapper AKA’s fiancee – is being reinvestigated.

According to Sunday World, this comes after her family made further representations to the NPA. The Tembes are convinced that their daughter’s untimely death was not due to suicide.

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Anele – the daughter of Durban tycoon Moses Tembe – fell to her death from the 10th floor of the Pepperclub Hotel on Loop Street in Cape Town in April 2021 while she was reportedly with AKA – real name Kiernan Forbes. Many (including her family) believe AKA – who was gunned down in February this year in Durban in what is believed to be a hit – may have pushed her.

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Sunday World reports that a source has revealed that AKA’s parents, Lynn and Tony Forbes, were informed of the reinvestigating last week. However, it is unclear whether their late son is the prime suspect.

The opening of the investigation reportedly comes after Anele’s family wrote an explosive letter to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in June last year, after the Director of Public Prosecution in the Western Cape, Nicolette Bell, explained to the family that she would not pursue prosecution against AKA after making an “informed decision” based on an “extensive investigation” which included “several expert opinions and forensic reports.”

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Moses Tembe
Anele ‘Nelli’ Tembe with her father, Moses Tembe. Images via Twitter: @kasienterprises, @lethuhooter


On 17 February, seven days after AKA’s murder, City Press published the explosive letter from the Tembe lawyers accusing the rapper of pushing or throwing Anele off the balcony the morning of her death.

In the letter, the Tembes stated that there was evidence that Anele was defending herself.

“The scratch marks on Forbes’s body, specifically at the back, were defensive marks, in an upward direction, indicating that Forbes was carrying Anele on his shoulders while she attempted to defend herself. The scratch marks are indicative that Forbes threw her over the balcony,” read parts of the letter.

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Anele’s family also claimed that their daughter did not climb over the balcony as initially suggested because there were no fingerprints to prove it. They accused the police of ignoring a statement by hotel room guest Rob Stefanutto, who claimed he heard AKA and Anele arguing a few minutes before the tragedy.

In addition, the Tembes claimed that AKA allegedly cleaned up the hotel room — covered in blood — and only called reception to require assistance during their altercation after Anele had already fallen.

The letter read: “He did not attend to his injured fiancé, who remained alive for approximately 20 minutes. He did not go to perform CPR on her; instead, Stefanutto, a complete stranger, cared enough to administer CPR and call emergency services in an attempt to save Anele Tembe’s life”.