Nellie Tembe’s best friend reveals all the details

Nellie Tembe’s best friend reveals all the details

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A friend of the late Anele “Nelli” Tembe has spoken out about the abuse she suffered, allegedly at the hands of rapper Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes.

She has provided police with a replica of a video Tembe gave to her in March during which Forbes is often seen breaking down a wooden door in their Bryanston apartment.

Forbes has lamented the very fact that their “deepest troubles” are getting used to fuel a negative narrative of his character.

Almost a month before Anele “Nelli” Tembe fell to her death at a Cape Town hotel on 11 April this year, she locked herself inside an area to cover from her fiancée, Kiernan “AKA” Forbes.

In images circulating the media, the award-winning rapper is often seen using his hands to violently break down a wooden door to enter the bedroom in their apartment in Bryanston, Johannesburg where Tembe was hiding. The incident is imagined to have taken place on 13 March.

A close friend of Tembe, who has now spoken out, says Tembe told her that Forbes smashed her face against a wall during a fight within the ir apartment after which she locked herself in the bedroom.

“She then sent me the video of the attack. AKA is so violent within the video that he breaks down the door of the space that Anele had locked herself in, whilst escaping his blows, together with his bare hands. this is often an attack that i would like women to be shielded from,” the lady , who requested anonymity out of fear of intimidation, wrote during a statement to the publication.

Her friend has also provided Cape Town police, who are conducting an inquiry into her death, with a replica of the video.

She wrote:

In the past few weeks, following the passing of my close friend Anele Tembe, I even have been meditating and seeking guidance on what it’s that i’m to try to to so as to exercise my rights and to deliver on my responsibilities as a young adult during a country that fails to adequately protect its women and girls. The responsibility that I even have is towards the various women and girls during this country, especially young women like myself, who remain impressionable.

“Anele Tembe, who was dating and later [became] engaged to Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes, was a victim of severe violence at the hands of AKA. Anele was on numerous occasions physically and emotionally abused by AKA. My beloved friend was a victim of gender-based violence (GBV). As women, we are too quiet about the abuse that’s happening behind closed doors. We must speak out! i’m today speaking out.”

According to the lady , Tembe recorded her fiancée, breaking down the door in their Bryanston apartment. He had allegedly smashed her face against a wall during a fight, and she or he ran to the bedroom to flee . Tembe allegedly gave the footage to her friend, who also came to her rescue after the attack.

Three pictures show Tembe in shock and pain after the alleged assault. She visited her friend’s house, who assisted by putting bags of frozen foods on her bruises.

“Anele, on many nights, sought protection from those on the brink of her whenever AKA, whom she said became extra violent whenever he had taken drugs, attacked her. we frequently picked up Anele from AKA’s house within the early hours of the morning following endless attacks on her by AKA,” her friend said.

She added: “Anele reported the incident to me. She then sent me the video of the attack.”

On Saturday afternoon, the publication sent inquiries to Forbes’ publicist, Pumza Nohashe, about the Bryanston incident and asked him why he broke down the door, whether he had assaulted Tembe before breaking down the door, and whether he was under the influence of medicine at the time of the incident.

A few hours later, without having replied to our specific questions or calls, Forbes released a press release on his social media pages, describing his relationship with Tembe as “beautiful, yet challenging”, saying he was conscious of people that contacted the media in an effort to influence the continued police inquest into Tembe’s death.

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“As numb as i used to be at Anele’s funeral, I took in every word imparted, the direct ones and every one those crammed with innuendos. i will be able to not be a neighborhood of speaking on or exposing our troubles as a few , to defend myself from one-sided views that are portrayed out of their full context. Every story has two sides, then does every video, image, and message,” said Forbes.

The rapper stated that he had no intention to debate his “at times… tumultuous” relationship with Tembe.

“It may be a sad day once I find myself having to talk of my relationship with Anele. What makes it even worse is that the knowledge that a number of the people she and that i loved and entrusted with our deepest troubles are now using those as weapons to line a negative narrative on my character,” he said.

Following his statement, videos and an image of Forbes with a bruised and swollen upper eye were leaked by a source who is sympathetic to him.

In one among the videos, taken by Forbes, Tembe are often seen sitting on the bedroom floor of the Bryanston apartment together with her hands on her face rocking back and forth, saying: “I can’t believe this… I just want my mom, just want my mom.”

In the video, the space has been destroyed and glass shards, picture frames and books are scattered everywhere the ground .

Forbes are often heard saying: “Look in the least of this. Somebody here is under the influence and tried to leap off the balcony. My ears are ringing. i feel I burst my eardrum. I even have a witness that witnessed that I didn’t fight back, and there’s no fighting back from my side, and this is often what it’s like. So once we attend court, i would like people to ascertain .”

A source who has knowledge of the video told the publication it had been recorded after another physical altercation involving Forbes and Tembe in December 2020.

In a second video leaked by the source who is on the brink of him, a person are often seen trying to restrain an emotional Tembe and calm her as she repeatedly screams: “You guys don’t know what he has been doing to me.”

Forbes’ supporters purportedly leaked the footage to point out that Tembe was destructive and also assaulted him.

In November 2020, We reported that Tembe and AKA had been taken to the Randburg police headquarters to open cases against one another , following an alleged domestic dispute. When the police had received the rapper’s Bryanston apartment and located Tembe packing her bags.

In an interview with the publication on Saturday, Tembe’s father, Moses, said his daughter protected Forbes which he wasn’t conscious of the precise incident involving him breaking down a door.

He said:

I am not conscious of the precise incident, but a number of the members of the family could also be because Anele spoke tons more together with her sisters than her parents. To an excellent extent, she also protected Kiernan, so she never wanted us to understand much about conflicts between them.

When asked if he knew about the alleged abuse and therefore the footage Tembe sent to her friends, he said that “we heard tons of stories, and a few of them we addressed with the family, except for most, Anele kept it to herself”.