A security guard has reportedly described the distressful discovery of the body of Anele “Nelli” Tembe, fiancée of SA rapper AKA, who fell from the penthouse of the Pepper Club Hotel in Cape Town on Sunday.
According to IOL, the guard said he heard a scream that was followed shortly by a loud thud at around 7.30am on Sunday.
At first he thought it was a car crash and when he went to look, there was nothing.
“… then someone shouted that there was someone lying on the street. We went closer and saw a naked young woman, she was still breathing at the time,” the guard was quoted as saying.
Paramedics confirmed that Tembe allegedly jumped from the tenth floor of the hotel.
“Reports from the scene indicate that a 22-year-old female had allegedly jumped from the tenth floor, landing on the road below.
“Medics assessed the patient who had sustained critical injuries and was treated on scene by an advanced life support paramedic. While stabilising the patient her condition rapidly deteriorated and she was sadly declared deceased on the scene,” said Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst.
The Tembe and Forbes families issued a statement confirming the death of Tembe.
– From The Tembe & Forbes Families pic.twitter.com/iX6ZOUFZ5a
— 𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝙏 𝙀𝙁𝙁𝙀𝘾𝙏 (@TEffectGlobal) April 11, 2021
“It is with the deepest regret that we, the Tembe and Forbes families, confirm the untimely passing of our beloved fiancé, daughter, sister and daughter-in-law, Anele Tembe (22). Anele tragically passed on in the early hours of this morning, Sunday 11 April 2021.
“We are still in shock and are dealing with our emotions, as she was an exceptional and gifted young woman, with so much life ahead of her. She had a sweet nature about her and was always nurturing to those around her.
“Her fiancée, Kiernan Forbes (AKA) is currently inconsolable and is surrounded by family and closest friend. At this hour of grief, we humbly request that our families be given privacy and time to heal,” read the statement.