Nelli Tembe

Ntsiki Mazwai has revisited the death of AKA’s fiancée Nelli Tembe.
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‘Missing docket’: Ntsiki revisits Nelli Tembe’s mysterious death

Ntsiki Mazwai has questioned the inconclusive investigation of Nelli Tembe’s death, throwing subtle shade at police and her fiancé AKA…

Nelli Tembe

Ntsiki Mazwai has revisited the death of AKA’s fiancée Nelli Tembe.
Images via Twitter

Barely a year after trashing him from moving on swiftly from his late fiancee Nelli Tembe, Ntsiki Mzwai is firing shots at rapper AKA again -this time questioning an inconclusive investigation surrounding her death.

The controversial media personality took to her Twitter account to remind South Africans about Tembe’s tragic death in 2021, allegedly from a suicide attempt.

Nelli allegedly ended her life after falling off the balcony of a Cape Town hotel in April 2021.

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Without mentioning AKA’s name, Ntsiki Mazwai revisited Nelli Tembe’s death and the sequence of events that led up to it. 

She tweeted of an image from a viral video of AKA breaking down a hotel room door: “It’s so deep how we moved on from these gruesome pics of the video that was deleted while with the police….like a missing docket.”

Ntsiki Mazwai previously voiced her thoughts on how she felt about the rapper moving on mere months after his fiance’s death.

She tweeted: “At the funeral, Neli’s siblings had to walk BEHIND the Forbes family. Barely six months had passed, and how quickly their little sister was replaced…After they couldn’t walk beside her coffin. This is so deeply disturbing for me”.

She continued: “I have siblings. I remember how I found that moment INCREDIBLY WRONG. Ego was placed over genuine love.”

Ntsiki then vowed to keep Nelli’s memory alive. She continued: “I remember Neli Tembe. I will not erase her.

And then the star ended her thoughts with a thought-provoking statement. She posted: “One day someone needs to explain why the family said Nelli didn’t commit suicide….”


According to police reports, 22-year-old Nelli Tembe fell to her death on 11 April from her hotel balcony, located on the corners of Loop and Bloem Street, in the Cape Town city centre.

However, in an interview with The Barleader TV in May, AKA claimed that his partner had reportedly struggled with depression and had attempted suicide on multiple occasions.

Speaking to journalist Thembekile Mrototo, AKA claimed that the couple had had a heated spat moments before her death. The muso then decided to take a “breather” break in the bathroom.

He said: “When I came out of the bathroom, she wasn’t in the room. I looked around the room, and she’s not there. Then I go to the balcony and look over the balcony and down to the street, and that’s where she was”.

He added of her past attempts: “In my past time with Anele, it was not the first time that she had attempted to do that (harm herself) or threatened to do that. She had done that here in this home and over the phone…she had also threatened to drive her car into the wall and also had to be talked down off the ledge at the Hilton in Durban”.

At her funeral, Nelli Tembe’s father rubbished claims that his daughter had taken her own life.

He said during the live-streamed event: I cannot let an unfortunate narrative go unchallenged.…that Anele, my daughter, was a chronically suicidal person or had suicidal tendencies. All I can say is that until she turned 21, Anele wouldn’t consider taking her own life as a solution. Not a single member of my family, Anele’s family, would have ever associated Anele with suicide.

“Anele loved herself so much. She wanted to live more rather than less. As Anele’s father, I hereby state categorically, Anele was neither suicidal nor did she commit suicide”.


According to City Press, police had reportedly wrapped up their investigation into Nelli Tembe’s death in December 2021. The next step was to pass it on to the NPA, who would consider if it was worth pursuing.

The publication reports that the NPA previously stated that the death was a “suicide investigation.” However, they added that it had “elements of suspicion of a murder.”

However, The Citizen claims that police have now done a U-turn and have backtracked on their comments.

Western Cape Police spokesperson Colonel Andrè Traut told the publication: “Kindly be advised that the death of Anele Tembe is still under investigation, and there are no new developments to report at this stage,” he said.