Two years ago, the family of Anele Nellie Tembe, the fiancé of rapper Kiernan “AKA” Forbes, believed that the rapper had pushed or thrown her from the balcony of their hotel room at the Pepper Club hotel in Cape Town. According to a scathing letter written by the family’s lawyers, TM Incorporated Attorneys, the Tembe family believes that AKA failed to attend to Anele, who was still alive for 20 minutes after she fell to the ground.
Instead, he allegedly cleaned up the hotel room with blood and then proceeded to party with his friends after Anele’s passing. The letter was written to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the Western Cape after it declined to prosecute the rapper following an investigation into Anele’s death in June last year.
The lawyers wrote the letter a fortnight following the NPA’s meeting with the Tembe family, where they were informed of Forbes’ non-prosecution. Within the letter, the legal representatives conveyed Tembe’s disagreement with the NPA’s decision and asserted sufficient evidence to pursue charges against the rapper.
According to the family, the NPA’s decision was based on false statements from the hotel receptionist and the rapper. In a letter, their lawyers stated that the NPA disregarded necessary evidence that contradicted the words given to investigators.
“AKA killed Anele,” Tembe Family lawyer fingers AKA is clients death
The letter explained that the rapper’s call to the hotel reception was made after Anele Tembe had fallen to the ground. This was confirmed by video footage of the fall showing a timestamp before the call. The family also pointed out that the receptionist’s statement could easily be contradicted. The evidence of the ring and the video footage were available in the case file but were shockingly ignored by the NPA.
Furthermore, the family claimed that the investigators ignored a statement from a critical witness, Rob Stefanutto, who reported hearing an argument between a man and a woman in the rapper’s room. During the discussion, Anele Tembe was heard pleading with the male attacker to leave her alone. Moments later, Stefanutto listened to her fall and administered CPR.
According to the family, blood was discovered in the hotel room, suggesting that Anele had been attacked before her death. Additionally, a letter states that scratch marks on Forbes’ body, particularly on his back, were defensive and showed an upward direction, implying that Anele had tried to protect herself. At the same time, he carried her on his shoulders. The scratch marks provide evidence that Forbes had thrown her off the balcony.
According to the family, investigators disregarded evidence related to Anele’s fall. They claim that the distance she landed from the building indicates she was pushed, as she was five and a half meters away while jumping on her own would have resulted in a landing of about two meters. The absence of fingerprints on the balcony railing suggests she was pushed or thrown over.
Anele’s Tembe Family questions AKA’s behaviour after daughters death
The family also criticized the rapper’s behaviour following Anele’s death, stating that he did not attend to her and that a stranger administered CPR and called for help. They allege that AKA cleaned the hotel room and partied with his entourage.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) declined to prosecute AKA on this matter, and the inquest into Anele’s death is still ongoing.
Sadly, AKA was fatally shot last Friday in Durban, along with his friend Tibello “Tibz” Motsoane. A public memorial service for the rapper is scheduled for Friday, followed by a private funeral on Saturday at an undisclosed location.