Police were on Sunday morning investigating the death of 22-year-old Nelli Tembe, the fiancée of well-known musician AKA, at the five-star Pepperclub Hotel in central Cape Town.
AKA’s publicist, Phumza Nohashe, said the Forbes and Tembe families would release a statement soon.
Witnesses at the scene described hearing shouting and a “loud doof” sound, and said they had heard a man calling security and crying.
A source close to AKA said he was “inconsolable”.
“Paramedics on scene have said a female had allegedly jumped from the 10th floor of that building. When paramedics arrived on scene, she had sustained polytraumatic injuries,” Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst said.
“She was in a critical condition and they started a full life-support resuscitation. Unfortunately her injuries were too severe and she was declared deceased,” he added.
Pepperclub Hotel general manager Efi Ella also confirmed that a young woman had fallen from one of the upper floors of the hotel at 7.30am on Sunday.
Pepperclub Hotel general manager Efi Ella said they got a call at 07:30 on Sunday morning about an “incident” involving a 22-year-old female. It is reported that the victim fell from the tenth floor of the Hotel. Pathologists wrapped up the scene at about 13:00. @TimesLIVE pic.twitter.com/RnqVxJCQ2x
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Western Cape SA Police Service media liaison Capt FC van Wyk said crime-scene experts were looking for clues at the hotel.
“Cape Town Central police are investigating an inquest case after an incident at a hotel this morning at about 7.45am on the corners of Loop and Bloem streets, Cape Town CBD, where the body of a 22-year-old woman was found deceased,” the police said in a statement.
A leading South African tabloid Sunday World reported that Nellie was “suffering from depression.
The newspaper referred to an incident in November last year when it says a video of Nellie circulated showing her attempting to jump off a Hilton Hotel.
“AKA has been reportedly helping her to deal with depression and even got her into counselling,” the Sunday World reported.
Investigation … A police tape seen outside a building in Cape Town where Nellie Tembe reportedly fell to her death
AKA and Nellie only got engaged in February. The rapper broke news of the engagement on Instagram, writing: “21/02/21 – love of my life said Yesssss.”
This is a Developing story. Statement from Nelli’s Family to be released soon.