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South African rapper AKA has shared that he will be going on a social media hiatus as he mourns the tragic death of his fiancée Nelli Tembe.
South African super rapper AKA has reached out to the public for the first time since the tragic death of his fiancée Nelli Tembe two weeks ago. Supamega released a public statement stating that he had relinquished his social media accounts to his management team to allow himself time to mourn. The statement comes a week after Anele Tembe, affectionately known as Nelli, was laid to rest.
AKA shared that the last two weeks had been extremely hard on him and, also, addressed the allegations surrounding Tembe's death.
"The tragic loss of Anele has taken a great toll on me emotionally and psychologically. Insinuations and innuendos made on my personhood have made it even more difficult to process, and the strain our families have taken is unspeakable. Which is why at this time I choose to retreat to honour my journey, praying that the moments of stillness may bring me closer to some clarity."
21-year-old Tembe reportedly fell to her death from the tenth floor of the Pepperclub Hotel in Cape Town on Sunday, April 11. News of Tembe's death quickly circulated on Twitter causing many to think it was just a malicious rumour. When her death was later confirmed, South Africans were shocked and in disbelief as videos of Tembe dancing with AKA during his performance had been posted hours before her tragic passing.
In a moving tribute at Tembe's funeral on Friday, April 18, her father renounced any allegations of suicide or AKA's role in her tragic death. Investigations around her death are still ongoing. Tembe and AKA had only been engaged for two months at the time of her passing.