On Friday, a funeral service for Anele ’Nelli’ Tembe took place at the Durban International Conference Centre.
The 22-year old, who was engaged to popular rapper Kiernan 'AKA' Forbes, passed away in Cape Town in a tragic fall from the 10th floor of the Pepperclub Hotel in Loop street. The reason for her fall is still unclear.
At her funeral, AmaZulu Football Club president and businessman, Sandile Zungu, read out a letter penned by Anele’s father, Moses Tembe.
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In the beginning of his letter, the father expressed how his children made his life complete, that he loved Anele and that she made him happy.
“Her wish was to fall in love and get married to a man that would be the father of her children,” he wrote.
“She fell in love with Kiernan, and lobola negotiations were had between the Tembes and Forbes’ just a few weeks ago. I have always been happy with my daughter, and even when she introduced to Kiernan, I was very happy for her.”
He went on to say that he approved of their choice on the condition that they both attended “proper pre-marital counselling”.
“I knew Kiernan loved my daughter, but I knew that their enduring companionship needed more than just love. It had to be promised and embedded in a Godly foundation,” he wrote.
“I was determined to assist both of them in conquering their challenges, some of which I knew… Anele’s dream has been shattered, and so has mine.”
Her father on suicide claims
It’s been widely speculated that Anele committed suicide by deliberately jumping off the 10th floor of the Pepperclub Hotel, but her father has vehemently denied these claims and categorically stated that: “Anele was neither suicidal nor did she commit suicide.”
According to her father, not a single family member would have ever associated Anele with suicide.
“Anele loved herself so much. She wanted to live more rather than less,” he said.
He went on to imply that the overuse of alcohol and drugs could have led to the tragic moment.
“We need to understand the forces that put us in a situation that we find ourselves [in],” he said, adding that “we must, as a matter of priority, deal with the scourge that bedevils our youth”.
“Alcohol, which is overused, and drugs, especially if we envision our youth contributing meaningfully to our nation-building and economic development efforts.”
He further added that the country has a serious problem with substance abuse and this, added with other social ills, has left us in a crisis.
His last words in the letter were directed at AKA.