Popular rapper, AKA, has today issued a long statement in which he spoke about the death of his wife, Nellie Tembe.

In the statement, AKA openly revealed that Anele made the decision to jump and he was not involved in any way in her plunge to her death on the day.

The statement issued by AKA on social media read :

It’s a sad day when I find myself having to speak to the nature of my relationship with Anele. What makes it even sadder is the knowledge that some of the people that she and I loved and entrusted with our deepest troubles are now using those as weapons to set a negative narrative on my character.


I am a passionate and emotional person. What I will not do and stand for is watching people attempt to disparage my name and importantly, Anele ‘s character to suit a narrative that we both never signed up for.

We enjoyed a beautiful, yet challenging relationship that at times was tumultuous, like all relationships, made worse by the pressures of being in the public eye, which we too played up to.

As numb as I was at Anele’s funeral, I took in every word imparted, the direct ones and all those filled with innuendo. I will not be part of speaking on or exposing our troubles as a couple, to defend myself from one sided views that are potrayed out of their full context.

Every story has two sides, and so does every every video, image and message..

I am fully aware who those ‘sources’ engaging media, are, and what their intention is. Which is to influence the SAPS inquest. Which the investigating officers have stated to my legal team and to them, that I Keanan Jeffery Forbes, have not been named as a suspect, but have been nothing but a cooperating witness.

What I will say as my truth: I was and I am still in love with a girl, carrying whatever past traumas she faced before I met her. 

I own up to my current and past traumas. And thus have submitted myself to psychological and spiritual counseling for my own benefit and growth. 

I hope everyone affected by Anele’s traumatic passing does the same, individually and collectively, so that we may all afford her spirit the rest that she deserves and come to terms with the choices she made that fateful morning of 11 April.