LATEST: Nelli Tembe’s shock de

AKA and fiancee Nelli Tembe in happier times. Image via Instagram @akaworldwide

LATEST: Nelli Tembe’s shock death – Everything we know so far

The South African breaks down the facts and rumours surrounding the mysterious death of rapper AKA’s fianceé Nelli Tembe at the weekend.

LATEST: Nelli Tembe’s shock de

AKA and fiancee Nelli Tembe in happier times. Image via Instagram @akaworldwide

Rapper AKA’s fianceé, Anele “Nelli” Tembe, is rumoured to have taken her own life by jumping off the 10th floor of the Pepper Club Hotel, in Cape Town, during the early hours of Sunday 11 April. 

However, the South African Police Service (SAPS) are yet to give an update and are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding her death. And for good reason…as rumours surrounding her mysterious death has been circulating on social media since the news broke yesterday.


A security guard who was one of the first people to arrive on the scene, said he first thought it was a car crash because of the loud thud. When he went to investigate, he then heard someone shouting that there was a person lying in the street. 

The security guard then disclosed that when they went to have a closer look, they found a naked young woman who was still breathing at the time.

“We went closer and saw a naked young woman…she was still breathing at that time,” the security guard told IOL

“Medics assessed the patient who had sustained critical injuries and was treated on the scene by an advanced life support paramedic. While stabilising the patient, her condition rapidly deteriorated and she was sadly declared deceased on the scene,”  said Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst.


On Saturday, the couple was seen on AKA’s Insta Stories shopping at the V&A Waterfront before having lunch with some friends. AKA later performed at Ayeyep Lifestyle Club where he was joined by Nelli Tembe joined him.

In a video of the pair dancing, Nellie seems to be happy and in love. To this some Twitter users who think she might have committed suicide, commented that depression is “real” and can catch you off-guard. 

Some Tweeps’ thoughts on Nelli Tembe’s alleged battle with depression:


Nelli Tembe has apparently attempted to jump off a hotel building before. In December 2020, IOL reported that a 22-year-old woman was rescued from the top of the Hilton Hotel in Durban after she attempted to jump. 

The report states that the young lady was the girlfriend of the prominent rapper from Gauteng, which is the only clue that points to Nelli.

AKA ‘inconsolable’

Tembe’s tragic death comes just two weeks after AKA had paid lobola to the Tembe family for her hand in marriage.

A joint statement release by the Tembes and AKA’s family yesterday, described AKA as “inconsolable”.

“It is with deepest regret that we, the Tembe and Forbes families, confirm the untimely passing of our beloved fiancée, daughter, sister, and daughter-in-law, Anele Tembe,” read the statement.

“We are still in shock and are dealing with our emotions as she was an exceptional and gifted young woman with so much life ahead of her. She had a sweet nature and was always nurturing to those around her. Her fiancé, Kiernan Forbes, is currently inconsolable and surrounded by family and closest friends. At this hour of our grief, we humbly request that our families be given privacy and time to heal.”

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