AKA responds to allegations of drug abuse and violence in relationship with Nelli Tembe
South African rapper AKA found himself trending yesterday and today with allegations that he violently abused and fed drugs to his late fiancée Anele ‘Nelli’ Tembe.
According to leaked images and videos, AKA is seen as charging towards his then girlfriend after breaking down a wooden door to enter the bedroom in their apartment in Bryanston, Johannesburg where Nelli was hiding from him.
South African news outlets, News24 and Sunday World reported on a various incidents of violence and drug abuse which apparently plagued the couple’s relationship.
In his response AKA said he will not be forced to expose their troubles as a couple in the name of defending himself against ‘one-sided views’ saying this is all ‘an attempt to disparage his name and Anele’s character.’
“What makes it even sadder is the knowledge that some of the people, 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 disparage my name and, importantly Anele’s to suit a narrative we both never signed up for,” read part of the statement.
He continued, “As numb as I was at Anele’s funeral, I took in every word Imparted, the direct ones and all those filled with innuendos. I will not be part of speaking on or exposing our troubles as a couple, to defend myself from one-sided views that are portrayed out of their full context. Every story has two sides and so does every video, image and message.”
AKA’s fiancée died earlier in April weeks after the rapper paid bride price for the 22-year-old.
At her funeral, AKA did not speak but Nelli’s father pointed out that his daughter was not suicidal and her death could have been a cause of alcohol and substance abuse.
He said, “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.”
After Anele’s death AKA announced that he will be taking some time off from social media and the limelight to grieve his fiancée properly, unfortunate for him he has found himself under the spotlight before his set return date.