AKA’s father Tony Forbes: Things are getting out of hand now.

AKA’s father Tony Forbes: Things are getting out of hand now.

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Rapper Kiernan “AKA” Forbes’s father Tony Forbes has in an exclusive interview spoken out against calls to #MuteAKA as investigations continue into the death of AKA’s fiancée Anele “Nelli” Tembe.

Tony told an area publication his son has been struggling to mourn properly due to the “damaging public perceptions” about the character of their relationship with Nelli.

Nelli died on April 11 after apparently falling from the 10th floor of the Pepperclub Hotel in Cape Town .

Video footage of an event involving the couple went viral, leading to speculation around violence in their relationship.

Two videos of an equivalent incident were leaked. a particular local publication reported the one version showed AKA breaking through a door behind which Nelli was hiding. Screengrabs showing him breaking through the door went viral.

A local publication is in possession of another video which a source claim is that the same incident. It shows AKA’s Bryanston range in disarray with awards smashed and glass broken. AKA narrates within the background, claiming Nelli had tried to leap off the balcony. A Tembe family spokesperson wouldn’t discuss the footage.

An NPO opposing gender-based violence (GBV), Women for Change, reacted to the present development by calling for radios, streaming services, and fans to prevent supporting AKA’s music and other projects.

Seeing the calls from Women For Change to #MuteAKA, Tony took to Instagram to offer them a bit of his mind.

Speaking to the publication, Tony said it had been frustration that pushed him to interact the NPO.

“It becomes frustrating as a father to observe while your beloved is being disparaged and tarnished. Relationships are very difficult to navigate, I can only imagine what one under public scrutiny is like. Do all relationships have their ups and downs? Absolutely, and Kiernan’s relationship with Anele was one among those. But in talking about it we’ve to be truthful and be accountable to the general truth of it.”

Tony emphasized that the existence of NPOs like Women For Change were necessary and condemned GBV altogether its forms. He added, however, that he expected them to act with caution and avoid acting hurriedly and without an entire set of facts.

“The fight against GBV has been slow and painstaking in gaining ground and recognition. For the longest time, the battered haven’t been heard nor given a platform. I support the movement. i buy the frustrations that the movement is faced with and that i understand that when a public personality is ‘exposed’, it lends to more noise to bring attention to the cause.

“With an equivalent breath, we’ve to caution ourselves from acting hurriedly and by proceeding to cancel people without the complete facts being laid bare. we’ve to interrogate allegations. during this instance, we are going off supported images grabbed from an unseen video that rightfully evokes emotions. we should always be asking ourselves where the video was shot and what’s the context of it with audio. As a family, we oppose GBV and don’t endorse such behaviour.”

Speaking about how Kiernan is coping, Tony said AKA has been finding it difficult to precise himself and last week he had resorted to pouring his feelings out into music.

“Kiernan has always possessed a robust character and never gives up within the face of adversity. Anele’s tragic passing has affected him in ways we might never understand, and these false presentations of his romance together with her are affecting him. He has been finding it difficult to precise himself, but within the last week he has been pouring his thoughts and feelings into making music. That has caused a change. As a family, we’ve been happy to ascertain that glimmer of normalcy returning into his life.

“As a father, it saddens me further that during this grief process he’s unable to completely immerse himself in his grief for Anele as he has had to defend himself against damaging public perceptions, derived from over-sensationalisation of his experience during this relationship,” Tony said.

The circumstances around Nelli’s death remain under investigation.

Police spokesperson Col Andrè Traut told the publication on Sunday: Circumstances surrounding the death inquest you’re pertaining to are still under investigation. At this stage, here are not any new developments to report.”
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Another certain local publication reported that an unnamed source with “intimate knowledge of the relationship” said Nelli had allegedly been abused by the rapper throughout their relationship.

However, AKA slammed all such insinuations during a statement released earlier in the week , labelling them as an “attempt to disparage his name and Anele’s character”.

Speaking at her funeral on April 16, Nelli’s father and prominent businessman Moses Tembe rubbished speculation that she was suicidal.

“As Anele’s father, I categorically state Anele was neither suicidal nor did she kill . We must as a matter of priority affect the scourge that bedevils our youth, alcohol which is overused and medicines . Fellow South Africans we better awaken and smell the coffee. we’ve a significant problem with drug abuse .

“I cannot allow an unfortunate narrative to travel unchallenged, a narrative that irks me to without stopping that’s ‘Anele was chronically suicidal’. All I can say is, until Anele turned 21, not one member of her family, my family would have associated her with suicide,” he said.