Nelli Tembe’s dad calls out dr

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Nelli Tembe’s dad calls out drug use, says AKA should ‘turn to the Lord’

In a letter by Anele ‘Nelli’ Tembe’s father which was read at her funeral service on Friday 16 April, Moses Tembe said ‘alcohol and drugs are overused among our youth’ and that AKA should ‘turn to the Lord’.

Nelli Tembe’s dad calls out dr

Image: AKA/Instagram

Anele ‘Nelli’ Tembe’s father, Moses Tembe, wrote a letter which was read out loud at the 22-year-old’s memorial service on 16 April 2021, saying that she was not suicidal nor did she commit suicide.

Nelli Tembe’s father calls out substance abuse

The businessman also went on to slam alcohol and drug use among the youth of South Africa, reports The Sowetan.

“As Anele’s father, I categorically state that Anele was neither suicidal nor did she commit suicide. We must as a matter of priority deal with the scourge that bedevils our youth. Alcohol which is overused and drugs. Fellow South Africans we better wake up and smell the coffee, we have a serious problem with substance abuse.” 

Suicide rumours

Nelli, who was engaged to rapper Kiernan “AKA” Forbes, died on Sunday, 11 April 2021 after a reported fall from the 10th floor of the Pepperclub Hotel in Cape Town.

Many subsequently took to social media to question the mystery surrounding her death. And so, in an attempt to set the record straight, a letter from Moses was read out by businessman Sandile Zungu at her funeral service.

“I cannot allow an unfortunate narrative to go unchallenged, a narrative that irks me to no end … that is ‘Anele was chronically suicidal’. All I can say is, until Anele turned 21, not a single member of her family, my family would have associated her with suicide.”

‘More than love’

He said Anele’s wish was to fall in love and marry the man who would become the father of her children, adding that they differed on the direction she should take in her life but he stood by her. He was also happy when she introduced him to AKA and suggested they go for proper premarital counselling.

“I knew Kiernan loved my daughter but their companionship needed more than love. It had to be premised and embedded on a Godly foundation.”

He said he was proud to be Anele’s father.

“Anele made me happy as a father, very happy. Anele was feisty, strong-willed some might say. She was single-minded in her pursuits, what others would uncritically call stubborn. Anele never minced her words, an attribute that would perturb her siblings, which she balanced by giving her absolute best to those around her.

“In my deepest desire that my girl live to be who she wanted to be, I nurtured these Anele traits. For I truly believed that she had needed guidance rather than repression, persuasion rather than brute force,” he said.

‘Turn to the Lord’

He also spoke of AKA, who was at the memorial with his mother Lynn and father Tony. “I know the pain that you are in my son. I invite you to turn to the Lord and you will become a better man,” he said while ending his tribute.

Speaking to TshisaLIVE earlier this week, AKA’s publicist Pumza Nohashe said he was “doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances”.

“He lost the love of his life, someone, he had taken advanced steps, culturally, to spend the rest of his life with. The love and support of Anele’s family and a grief counsellor have also been some relief to him,” she said.

AKA shutting down drug use rumours

In the past, AKA shut down rumours of him doing drugs as he was “convinced there are evil forces out to destroy his reputation” when an image emerged on social media showing ‘drugs’ on his table taken from a video of him dancing with his former bae, Bonang Matheba. 

At the time, the rapper took to Twitter to accuse people of photoshopping the snaps that were screenshot from the video. He has since deleted the tweet.