Nelli Tembe’s rich father hires private investigator over her death

Nelli Tembe’s rich father hires private investigator over her death


Anele, who is additionally referred to as Nelli, died on April 11, after she allegedly jumped off the balcony of the Pepperclub hotel in Cape Town where they were staying after the musician’s gig.

The popular rapper, who is claimed to possess paid a minimum of R300 000 lobola for Anele, issued a press release last week, saying Tembe had committed suicide by jumping off the balcony.

It has now emerged that Anele’s rich father Moses Tembe, who rubbished claims that his daughter committed suicide, has allegedly hired a sleuth to probe the circumstances surrounding his daughter’s untimely death.

Allegations that the family has hired a personal investigator were revealed by a source on the brink of the musician. The source said the hiring of the private detective has ruffled the artist’s feathers because he suspects the Tembe family was trying to seek out something responsible for her death.

As the looming standoff unfolds, a source has revealed that AKA is now demanding that the family fork over the Rolex watch he bought for Anele as a present. The source also said tension between AKA and Anele’s family started when the Tembe family unceremoniously removed him at the 11th hour from the funeral program. He was alleged to deliver a eulogy for Anele. Sensing that there was tension, AKA didn’t attend Anele’s parental house after the service but returned to his range in Joburg.

The source also said AKA was worried about the family’s disregard of his version of what transpired at the hotel before Anele’s death, insisting that she committed suicide.

Moses Tembe, in his speech read out by his friend and prominent businessman Sandile Zungu, rubbished rumors that Nelli was “chronically suicidal”.

“I cannot allow an unfortunate narrative to travel unchallenged, a narrative that irks me to no end: that’s ‘Anele was chronically suicidal. All I can say is until Anele turned 21, Anele wouldn’t consider taking her own life because of the solution. Not one member of her family, my family, would have associated her with suicide.

“As Anele’s father, I hereby categorically state that Anele was neither suicidal nor did she kill,” he said, warning about the evils of medicine and alcohol.

The source said that AKA told them that they received the hotel after his performance and a fight broke out between them. Though the musician didn’t reveal what triggered the fight, said the source, he sustained injuries to his hands during the scuffle.
“He then video-phoned Anele’s cousin and explained to her that Anele was fighting with him and even showed her the injuries sustained to his hands.”

The source alleged that AKA then handed his cellphone over to Anele to speak to her cousin who wanted to calm her down and he then visited the toilet. He said while lecture her cousin, Anele jumped off the balcony. Her half-naked body was found by emergency personnel who declared her dead at the scene.

The publication has also learned that Anele’s autopsy report, which details the character of her injuries, has been finalized and sent to the police to conclude their investigations.

This paper last week reported on the toxic nature of the connection, with drugs and alcohol abuse and jealousy said to be at the center of the discontent.

In a disturbing video seen by the publication, AKA is breaking down a door while a terrified Tembe is heard pleading with him to settle down. The incident happened just a fortnight before their lobola negotiations.

AKA’s spokesperson Phumza Nohashe said the rapper was questioned on three separate occasions by different cops because they were trying to ascertain if he would change his statement, but he didn’t. Attempts to urge a comment from the Tembe family drew a blank.