Tragic reports have emerged on Sunday afternoon that Nelli Tembe – the 22-year-old fiancé of world famous hip hop artist AKA – has died after a horrific incident at the Pepperclub Hotel in Cape Town’s CBD.
Police confirmed that the body of an unnamed 22-year-old victim was found early on Sunday morning outside the popular five-star hotel, and TimesLIVE reported that AKA’s manager – Phumza Nohashe – had confirmed the death and said that the Forbes and Tembe families would release a statement in due course.
AKA ‘inconsolable’ after Nelli Tembe tragically killed
South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson in the Western Cape, Captain FC van Wyk, said that police are investigating the tragic incident, but was not at liberty to provide further details on how exactly the young woman was killed.
“Cape Town Central police are investigating an inquest case after an incident at a hotel this morning at about 7.45am on the corners of Loop and Bloem streets, Cape Town CBD, where the body of a 22-year-old woman was found deceased,” said Van Wyk.
He added that crime scene experts are still on the scene combing the area for clues.
Pepperclub Hotel general manager Efi Ella said he could not confirm reports that Tembe had jumped to her death from one of the building’s upper floors.
“At this stage, the police are still investigating,” he said. “We received a call at around 7:30 this morning regarding an incident relating to a young woman.”
TimesLIVE reported that witnesses present at the scene said that they had heard “shouting and a ‘loud doof’ sound”, and said they had heard a man “calling security and crying”.
Couple engaged two months ago
AKA’s instagram story is populated with videos taken over the past 24-hours of the couple and friends revelling at various popular Cape Town bars and restaurants. the couple became engaged only two months ago in February, with the musician describing Tembe as “the love of my life”.
This is a developing story.