Anele Tembe’s brother and mother speak on his sister’s death and their ’s alleged suicide

Anele Tembe’s brother and mother speak on his sister’s death and their ’s alleged suicide

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Vukile Tembe was at church when he received a call from his father telling him there was an urgent family meeting. Yet nothing could prepare him for the devastating news his dad delivered: his beloved baby sister, Anele, had plunged to her death from the 10th floor of a hotel in Cape Town’s CBD. Vukile (31) was stunned. Though he normally listened to the radio every morning, he’d been preoccupied by work that Sunday and missed the information. “I only acknowledged once I got home,” he says. Anele, referred to as Nelli, and her fiance, AKA, had been staying at the Pepperclub Hotel. The rapper was within the Mother City to perform when his fiance of two months met her tragic death. consistent with paramedics at the scene, Nelli (22) was found lying naked on the bottom. Police are investigating her death. At her funeral, her father, prominent KZN businessman Moses Tembe, strongly denied rumours his daughter had committed suicide. The Tembe family are uninterested with the speculation, Vukile says. to form matters worse, there’s been talk their mother, Lulu Tembe, took her own life. Vukile (33)wants to line the record straight.

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“There are several rumours on social media Nelli committed suicide i’m simply not entertaining them,” he says. “My mother didn’t kill – she got ill and gave up the ghost. The migraines people are referencing was a symbol of the illness she had. Anele Tembe and Vukile Tembe After Lulu’s death, Moses was left to worry for 3 young children. The businessman later married Princess Ntandoyesizwe, the daughter of the late Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini, creating a blended family together with her kids. Like any other family, the Tembe’s had their ups and downs, Vukile says, but it had been clear from an early age Nelli needed more nurturing. “My dad spoilt her. Anele had always needed far more attention and as siblings we were fine with it because maybe she needed it. Nelli was a daddy’s girl but she was also very career-driven. “She was vibrant and focused,” Vukile says. When she graduated from the Jackie Cameron School of Food n’ Wine, she had big dreams of becoming a Michelin-star chef. to assist her on her way, her family supported her when she started her own kitchen at the Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom two years ago.

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Her drive for fulfillment and independence made her big brother proud. Growing up the siblings were close, Vukile (33) says. “Before she started her journey together with her marriage it had been my responsibility as an enormous brother to require care of her. If she needed a replacement dress or money to try to to something, I’d play a neighborhood therein,” he said. “When I acknowledged my sister was getting married, I wanted the simplest for her.” Vukile is heartbroken by the loss. He had hoped to ascertain his baby sister start a family and at some point open her Michelin-star restaurant, a bit like she had planned. He last saw Nelli three weeks before her death when he picked her up at King Shaka International Airport. “This was right after the lobola negotiations were done,” he recalls. There’s been much mention Nelli’s death but Vukile prefers to recollect the sister he saw that day: bubbly, happy and together with her whole life before her.151311049 239130057867116 4513987347560530427 n

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