It’s been three months since Anele Tembe’s tragic death after she was reported to have fallen from the 10th floor of the Pepperclub Hotel, Cape Town. However, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has recently reopened the case, referring the docket back to the police for further investigation.
Now initially, the case was ruled as a suicide, and the inquest was concluded in May. The same inquest that fiancé of the late Ms. Tembe, rapper AKA (Kiernan Forbes) expressed that he was not updated on.
However, according to Eric Ntabazalila, the NPA recently returned the case to the police which Ntabazalila expressed to be a standard procedure when “the deceased dies of unnatural causes.” This information was communicated in a statement to IOL.
“The matter concerning the deceased, Ms Anele Tembe, was referred to the office of the Western Cape director of public prosecutions. The docket was subsequently returned to the police for further investigation,” Ntabazalila said.
Are there elements of murder in Tembe’s case?
Well, according to Briefly News, the NPA returned the docket to police investigators as investigators pointed to “elements of murder.”
Where is AKA in all of this?
In May, AKA expressed that his ex-girlfriend, DJ Zinhle was questioned by Cape Town detectives who flew to Joburg, as per The South African. In conversation with broadcaster Thembekile Mrototo, the rapper gave a bombshell interview, breaking his silence on his fiancé’s death. However, that was the last of his public expression on the night of her death, apart from an Instagram tribute to her posted on Father’s Day. You can read more about his interview with Mrototo here.
Some sources like The Citizen, are pondering out loud that AKA’s interview, which revealed that Tembe had attempted suicide before, may be setting him in the clear in the reopened investigation.
This was his last public Instagram post dedicated to Nellie.
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