South African rapper AKA, has denied being a suspect in the death of Anele ‘Nelli’ Tembe, his fiancée. The popular artiste dropped a statement on his Instagram page on Saturday 8th May to shut down the rumours.
22-year-old Anele died on 11th April after an accident at the Pepperclub Hotel in central Cape Town. Reports had swirled that the deceased fell from the 10th floor of the five-star hotel.
AKA in the statement revealed he has been collaborating with the police to unravel the circumstances surrounding his fiancee’s demise.
“I am fully aware of who the ‘sources’ engaging media are and what their intention is, which is to influence the SAPS inquest. The investigating officer has stated numerous times to my legal team that I, Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, have not been named to be a suspect, but have been nothing by a cooperating witness.”
He shared that he had also submitted himself for psychological and spiritual counselling for his own benefit as he strives to overcome the trauma.
“ own up to my past and current traumas. Have submitted myself to psychological and spiritual counselling 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 choices she made that fateful morning of 11 April.”
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“It is a sad day when I find myself having to speak to the nature of my relationship with Anele. 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 ever 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 innuendos. I will not be a part of speaking or exposing our troubles as a couple to defend myself from one-sided views that are portrayed out of their full context. Every story has two sides and so does every video, image and message.”
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