Family distances themselves from book about AKA, Anele


A revealing book about South African chat rhymer Kiernan Forbes, commonly known as AKA, and his then fiancee, Anele Tembe, who both died within two years, was launched this week.

According to NB Publishers, the book reveals, When Love Kills – The tragic tale of AKA and Anele by Melinda Ferguson, intimate details of AKA and Anele’s relationship which eventually turned into a “whirlwind of passion and obsession”.

NB Publishers say the book also gives an exclusive look at key players in the couple’s death, including Anele’s father, Moses Tembe, close associates of AKA, “as well as a chapter on Rob Stefanutto, the man Anele killed in the last tried to comfort her for twenty minutes of her life”.

The Forbes family said in a statement on Monday that they were in no way involved in the book, nor do they endorse it.

“In the same breath, we distance ourselves from the content of the book. When Melinda reached out to us, we respectfully and rightfully declined to contribute to her book,” says the Forbes family.

The family will not comment further and are not aware of what is in the book.

“However, we find the intended publication of the book and the timing distasteful and opportunistic,” reads the statement.

RNews reported earlier that the inquest has still not been concluded. There are still many questions about the circumstances surrounding her death.

Meanwhile, seven men are on trial for the murder of AKA after he and a friend were shot dead in Durban in February last year. Forbes (35) and Tebello “Tibz” Motsoane (34) were shot dead on 10 February 2022 in Florida Road in Morningside, Durban, shortly after they had dinner at the Wish restaurant.

Two armed suspects crossed the street that evening and shot Forbes and Motsoane at close range before running away. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Two of the suspects were arrested in Eswatini for their alleged role in the murders and have not yet appeared in court with their five co-accused.

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola did approve an application to have the two suspects, two brothers, extradited to South Africa.

The case has since been adjourned several times.