Police were on Sunday morning investigating the death of 22-year-old Nellie Tembe, the fiancée of well-known musician AKA, at the five-star Pepperclub Hotel in central Cape Town.
AKA’s manager, Phumza Nohashe, confirmed the death and 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.
Western Cape SA Police Service media liaison Capt FC van Wyk said crime-scene experts were at the hotel, looking for .
“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 source close to the musician said he was “inconsolable”.
Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst said paramedics were also at the scene.
Earlier, a hotel manager who would only give her name as Dumi denied that there had been any incident at the hotel, though police confirmed the road outside the hotel had been blocked off.
It is largely uncertain the actual cause of her death, but what is certain is Neille’s suicidal tendency which manifested on the 22nd of December, 2020, where it was reported that cops rescued a lady who attempted suicide at the top roof in one of the 5-star popular hotels in Durban.
According to the report, police rescued her after she attempted to jump from the top of a hotel in Durban on Friday morning.