Anele ‘Nelli’ Tembe’s father has hinted that her death was not as a result of suicide, but due to substance abuse
Moses Temba, a well known KZN businessman, spoke during his daughter’s funeral service on Friday morning at the Durban International Convention Centre, claiming she was neither suicidal nor depressed.
He did, however, warn against the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
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.”
The 22 -year-old model and aspiring chef, who was the fiancé of rapper AKA, died after she fell from the tenth floor of a Cape Town hotel on Sunday morning.
Her naked body was reportedly discovered by a security guard.
Tweeps slammed Moses’s speech as “cringeworthy” with some even claiming that “our parents don’t know us at all”
Anele Tembe’s dad’s speech was cringeworthy, downplayed mental health, blamed drugs and alcohol after age 21, said it was not suicide. Parents really don’t know their children and it’s sad.
Speech as accusatory
— Cheese (@_UncleCheese) April 16, 2021
Anele tembe’s funeral is making me realize that our parents really don’t know us! They don’t.
— Ntandoyenkosi Ngonyama (@NtandoyenkosiP7) April 16, 2021
Not to discredit Anele Tembe ‘s dad but one of the leading causes of mental illness such as depression is substance abuse ..And that’s why when an evaluation is done the first thing Dr’s ask is Do you use substances ..makes the diagnosis easier
Love and light to the family
— lift as you rise (@ross_rori) April 16, 2021
So Anele Tembe’s dad is alluding to substance abuse. He knows his daughter best angeke siphikise but I hope he understands that depression and substance abuse can co-exist which can lead to suicide as well.
— Mangutyana (@Nampree) April 16, 2021
Some tweeps even ran with wild conspiracy theories…
Anele Tembe’s dad assumes that someone pushed her daughter. pic.twitter.com/nZAC4hHuX8
— Zulu Uyasabeka (@BonganiSelepe22) April 16, 2021
Judging from Anele Tembe’s dad’s speech, Nellie definitely had a problem with drug abuse. It also sounds like the was expecting something tragic to eventually happen to her
— Amor (@Amor_F_S) April 16, 2021
In the light of Anele Tembe’s dad’s speech, AKA should be arrested immediately.
— Secretary of Black Twiitter (@Prince_SA2021) April 16, 2021
I think they’re pinning Anele Tembe’s death on AKA, both the dad and the pastor. He will never recover from this. Yho
— NdebeleBeaut (@Andiswa_Pumi) April 16, 2021
If Anele Tembe’s father is saying drugs and alcohol are to blame for her death then he is indirectly blaming Kiernan, considering what was happening the night before her untimely passing
— SouthWest (@SouthwestWandhi) April 16, 2021
Meanwhile a touching video tribute featuring AKA which played during the service.
Kieran made a tribute video for Anele’s Farewell Ceremony
Anele Tembe was a beautiful woman inside and out pic.twitter.com/SM8aWqbU2A
— AzumiDrea (@AzumiDrea) April 16, 2021
The funeral service – which was live-streamed – follows an emotional memorial service on Thursday evening.