A funeral service for Anele Thembe took place on Friday at the Durban International Conference Centre. The 22-year old fell to her death from the 10th floor of the Pepperclub Hotel in Loop Street, Cape Town.
Sandile Zungu read a letter from Anele’s father, Moses, during the farewell service, which he said was “reflections of a heartbroken father and the farewell to a beloved daughter”
“I love all my children; they make my life complete. Anele made me happy as a father. Very happy,” Moses expressed in the heartfelt letter.
Moses said that his deepest desire was for her to “live to be who she wanted to be.”
“Her wish was to fall in love and get married to a man that would be the father of her children,” he said. “She fell in love with Kiernan,[rapper AKA] and lobola negotiations were done between the Tembes and Forbes’ just a few weeks ago” he said about his daughter’s upcoming marriage to the South African rapper.
“I knew Kiernan loved my daughter, but I knew that their enduring companionship needed more than just love. It had to be promised and embedded in a Godly foundation” he said.
About the speculation surrounding the circumstances of his daughter’s death, Moses said: “I cannot let an unfortunate narrative go unchallenged.”
“…that Anele, my daughter was a chronically suicidal person or had suicidal tendencies. All I can say is that until she turned 21, Anele wouldn’t consider taking her own life as a solution. Not a single member of my family, Anele’s family, would have ever associated Anele with suicide”
“As Anele’s father, I hereby state categorically, Anele was neither suicidal nor did she commit suicide,” he said in response to rumours that Anele died by suicide.
Moses concluded by addressing Kiernan, saying: “Kiernan, I think I know what you are going through. I know the pain that you are feeling. In the face of extreme emotional pain, bigger women and men resort to all sorts of remedies or what they consider to be remedies. My son, I invite you to turn to the Lord. And in so doing, you will be assured of becoming a much better man.”
Kienan did not speak during the funeral service.