KanyiDaily recalls that AKA was accused of putting Tembe through emotional and domestic abuse after photos emerged online showing the rapper using his hands to violently break down a wooden door where his fiancée was hiding.
Tembe reportedly locked herself in the bedroom in their apartment in Bryanston, Johannesburg, to escape from AKA who was said to have smashed her face against a wall during their fight in the apartment.
Reacting to the incident on his Twitter page, AKA wrote:
It is a sad day when I find myself having to speak to the nature of my relationship with Anele. What makes it even sadder is the knowledge that some of the people, she and I loved and entrusted with our deepest troubles are now using those as weapons to set a negative on my character.
I am a passionate and emotional person, what I will not do and stand for is watching people attempt to disparage my name and importantly, Anele’s character to suit a narrative we both never signed up for.
We enjoyed a beautiful, yet challenging relationship that at times was tumultuous, like all relationships made worse by the pressures of being in the public eye, which we too played up to.
As numb as I was at Anele’s funeral, I took in every word imparted, the direct ones and all those filled with innuendos. I will not be a part of speaking on or exposing our troubles as a couple, to defend myself from the one-sided views that are portrayed out of their full context, every story has two sides and does every video, image, and message.
I am fully aware of who the ‘sources’ engaging media are and what their intention is, which is to influence the saps inquest- which the investigating officer has stated numerous times to my legal team and to them, that I Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, have not been named to be a suspect, but have been nothing but a cooperating witness.
What I will say is my truth, I was and still am madly in love with a girl, carrying whatever past traumas she faced before I met her.
I own up to my past and current traumas, and thus I have submitted myself to psychological and spiritual counseling for my own benefit and growth.
I hope everyone affected by Anele’s traumatic passing does the same for themselves, individually and collectively, so that we may all afford her spirit the rest she deserves and come to terms with the choice she made that fateful morning of 11 April.”
— AKA (@akaworldwide) May 8, 2021
Tembe Nelli died at the age of 22 on April 11, 2021, after apparently falling from the 10th floor of the Pepperclub hotel in Cape Town. Her death was ruled suicide however it is still being investigated by the SA Police.