Anele Tembe and AKA book

Anele Tembe and AKA book. Images via Facebook : Melinda Ferguson

‘It nearly killed my own relationship’: Author on AKA and Anele Tembe book

Melinda Ferguson has opened up about her upcoming book about murdered rapper AKA and his late fiancée Anele Tembe.

Anele Tembe and AKA book

Anele Tembe and AKA book. Images via Facebook : Melinda Ferguson

Award-winning author and journalist Melinda Ferguson, who is behind the upcoming book about slain rapper Kiernan “AKA” Forbes and his late fiancée Anele “Nelli” Tembe, said the story “freaked her out”.


On Thursday, 11 April (three years after Anele’s tragic death), news about the book – titled When Love Kills – was leaked. Speaking about the book, Ferguson said that AKA and Nellie’s story broke her heart.

“I have never worked harder on a book. I have never been more freaked out by a story. I have never kept a secret like I have this one, but the news has just been leaked on social media…So here it is from the horse’s mouth,” Ferguson wrote in a Facebook post.

“My new book will hit the shelves next week. It’s been a real journey to get this out.  It nearly killed my own relationship. It’s a story that broke my heart,” the author concluded.

According to NBA PublishersWhen Love Kills is the tale of hip hop star, AKA whose life unravelled when he embarked on a relationship with 21-year-old Anele.

“When she ‘fell’ to her death from the 10th story of the Pepper Club in April 2021, after a long night of heated arguing, details would emerge that they’d been caught up in a whirlwind of toxic obsession, alleged substance abuse, and violence. 

“Less than two years later, AKA was assassinated in what looked like a hit to avenge her death. This is their tragic story,” reads the description of the book.


Although the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) ruled Anele’s death a suicide, her family refutes these findings.

2022, the Tembe family responded to the NPA with a scathing letter in which they accused the 35-year-old hip-hop artist of killing their daughter.

In the letter, the family spoke of “scratch marks on AKA’s body, specifically at the back,” which they referred to as “defensive marks”. The Tembes said they believed that the marks were in an upward direction because AKA was carrying Anele on his shoulders while she attempted to defend herself.

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.

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

Western Cape police spokesperson Captain Frederick Van Wyk, confirmed to The South African that a formal inquest is scheduled at the Cape Town magistrate’s court from 15 April.


Seven men have been arrested in connection with AKA’s murder. The rapper was gunned down along with his business partner Tebello “Tibz” Motsoane on 10 February 2023 outside a restaurant on Florida Road in Durban.

Five suspects have been appearing at the Durban Magistrate’s Court on 10 charges, including two counts of murder, five of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, possession of unlawful firearms and possession of unlawful ammunition.

The extradition proceedings of the other two suspects, brothers Siyabonga and Malusi Ndimande, resumed in the Manzini Magistrate’s Court in eSwatini on Tuesday, 9 April.

The Ndimande brothers will remain in eSwatini for an extended period after their lawyer, Sivesonke Ngwenya, asked for a postponement. Their next court appearance is on 14 May.