Tembe’s family refute claims about death in media
THE FAMILY of the late Anele “Nellie” Tembe has ahead of her funeral today refuted claims that have been made about her death in the media.
The Tembe family spokesperson, who wished to remain anonymous, said yesterday that “Nellie did not jump off the building but fell off the building”.They said that the Tembe family were also still in the dark about the circumstances that led to Tembe’s death.
“We don’t know much about what happened as a family and we are also looking to get more insight once the investigation is complete,” said the spokesperson. Tembe was reported dead on Sunday morning after falling from the 10th floor of the Pepperclub Hotel in Cape Town.
She was recently engaged to famous South African rapper Kiernan Forbes, known as AKA. The couple made their engagement announcement on Instagram last month and were preparing to walk down the aisle after AKA had paid Lobola to the Tembe family the same month.
Tembe was born on October 22, 1998 in Durban. She was the daughter of prominent businessman Moses Tembe and the late Lulu Tembe.
She went to Treetops Nursery School, Glenwood Preparatory School and Durban Girls’ College. Her family said she was was a sports genius as she excelled in ice skating, soccer and ballet. She was the captain of the soccer first team in her senior high school years.
She was also an artist and did well in modelling and acting at school. “She did so well that she landed herself a role in a kids’ show on SABC,” her family said in her obituary. On the weekend of her death, AKA’s social media posts showed them in a photoshoot for the rapper’s Bhovamania website during their Cape Town visit. The family said they were also not blind to her “excellent culinary skills” and had sent her to the Jackie Cameron School of Food and Wine in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. She went on to specialise in patisserie in Cape Town at The Test Kitchen.
“Nellie will be greatly remembered by her family and friends for being deeply caring, loving, strong-willed and courageous. She explored the best of life’s offerings through travel, sports adventures and even experiencing different cultures,” the family said.
Nondumiso Tembe, an actress and sister to the late Tembe, shared her grief on Instagram when she posted a picture of Tembe kissing her cheek captioned: “My baby, Ngiphelelwe amazwi – Words fail me right now. We will hold you in our hearts forever. Lala kahle, mbali yethu. Thank you so much to everyone who has sent kind words of comfort for our family, ngiyathokoza kakhulu.”
Other media personalities in the entertainment industry also shared their messages of condolence
Cape Town Central police were still investigating Tembe’s death.