AKA and Anele Tembe’s relationship in the spotlight

South African rapper Kiernan Forbes, stage name AKA, has come under public scrutiny after leaks and counter-leaks emerged following his fiancée’s dramatic death. Anele Tembe fell to her death from the 10th floor of the Pepper Club in Cape Town on 11 April. It has not been confirmed if her death was suicide or homicide, but as you can imagine, social media has been aflame with speculation. Now videos leaked by a concerned friend of Tembe’s show him breaking through a door with his hands to get into a room that she had allegedly locked herself in. 

Another video shows Tembe in a ransacked room, holding her head and rocking on the floor while Forbes, believed to be recording the video, narrates the situation, saying he wants evidence in case things ever go to court. Yet another video also shows Tembe hysterically trying to get away from an unknown man, who is trying to calm her down, while she screams: “Look what he’s doing, you guys don’t know what he’s been doing to me!” 

Forbes came out in defence of the videos. He said he and Tembe shared a “beautiful relationship” that was at times challenging. He said he knows who leaked the footage and claims the intention is to influence the ongoing investigations into Tembe’s death. We’re not making any calls on this as so much is unclear, but you may hear plenty of gossip – so these are the facts for now.

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 15 April 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates