Moses Tembe, father of Anele ‘Nelli’ Tembe, fiancée to AKA, South African rapper, has denied claims that his late daughter committed suicide. 

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The 22-year-old died on Sunday after her involvement in a tragic accident at the Pepperclub Hotel in central Cape Town.

Reports had swirled that the deceased fell from the 10th floor of the five-star hotel but police said investigation was ongoing to ascertain the cause of her death.

In a letter on Friday during her funeral service, Moses described the suicide claims in some quarters as “an unfortunate narrative.”

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He, however, called for holistic measures to tackle drug abuse among other societal vices in the letter read by Sandile Zungu.

“As Anele’s father, I categorically state that Anele was neither suicidal nor did she commit suicide. We must as a matter of priority deal with the scourge that bedevils our youth. Alcohol which is overused and drugs. Fellow South Africans we better wake up and smell the coffee, we have a serious problem with substance abuse.” he wrote.

“I cannot allow an unfortunate narrative to go unchallenged, a narrative that irks me to no end … that is ‘Anele was chronically suicidal’. All I can say is, until Anele turned 21, not a single member of her family, my family would have associated her with suicide.”

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AKA and the deceased were said to have started dating last year.

The funeral service was streamed on YouTube due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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