The untimely passing of Nelli Tembe – the fiancee of rapper AKA – has sent shockwaves not just amongst fans, but for South African celebrities too…

Many fans of the couple were confused as to why a young, beautiful and newly-engaged woman would end her life so tragically.

The 22 year-old reportedly jumped to her death from the tenth floor of a Cape Town hotel on Sunday morning. It has been reported that Nelli suffered from depression, and that her death was a possible suicide.

Just a few hours earlier, both Nelli and AKA were filmed dancing and having fun at a night spot in the Mother City.


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Following the news, numerous celebrities spoke out about mental illness and the illusion of social media

Gina Myers, the best friend of slain model Reeva Steenkamp, took to Instagram to repost a message from motivational speaker Jay Shetty who reflected on how people “can look happy, but feel like crap”

She wrote in the caption; “…My heart is yearning to speak about mental health and the FACT that we have ABSOLUTELY no idea what people are going through at any given time

“My heart is broken for the families who have lost their loved ones from suicide. I cannot comprehend how Nellie’s family and friends are feeling. The public display of all of it breaks my heart even more”.



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A number of Gina’s celebrity friends commented on the post.

Zuraida Jardine wrote; “It’s a tough time for so many. So important to checking with ourselves genuinely… and be mindful of others too”, whilst Roxy Burger added; “We must be careful to think that what we see on the gram is all there is to it”.

Actress Angelique Gerber wrote; “It’s usually it is the happiest people hiding the biggest sadness and hurt and we are blissfully unaware!”

Comedian Nina Hastie took to her own page to speak about her own experiences with mental health, including being diagnosed Bipolar and her past attempts at suicide

Alongside a clip where she spoke at great lengths about manic depression, Nina wrote; “Please understand this is from my own personal experience of struggling with my depression since I was diagnosed 20 years ago. 8 psychiatrists, 2 suicide attempts, 12 years of active addiction, and 7 years of sobriety later – here’s a scattered précis that I hope helps someone, even if it’s just one person”.



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Miss South Africa Shudufhadzo Musiḓa – who is a strong advocate of mental health – also shared her own experiences of living with depression.

Sharing a portrait of herself in her Miss SA crown, the 24 year-old wrote; “On this particular day when I shot this image I wasn’t okay, but it took kindness to help me feel better. I’m not as strong as I’d like to be on most days…

“I think I’m explaining this because I want people to know that it’s okay to not be okay but they’re not alone. I’m Miss South Africa but I too have struggles.”


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If you or someone you know is struggling to cope with depression or anxiety, or experiencing suicidal ideation, there is help! The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) can help. Call 0800 456 789 (24 hours a day), SMS 31393, or visit for more info and help.