The funeral service was conducted at the Durban International Conference Centre
Nellie Tembe died on Sunday 11 April, at the Pepperclub Hotel, in Cape Town.
Her body arrived in Durban on Wednesday.
Due to Covid-19 regulations, only 100 people are allowed at the funeral.
The funeral was live-streamed on Youtube and Zoom for fans and well-wishers to also join and pay their last respect.
Rapper AKA was there at the funeral — he tried as much as he could to force back his tears.
At a memorial service held on Thursday, Nelli Tembe’s sister Zama Thonga said bringing Anele home from Cape Town was the hardest thing she had ever done.
“It hurts that she’s gone. It’s difficult to accept that she’s gone, but at least I know she’ll be at peace. I just want you to know that I love you, and sorry wherever we failed,” Zama said.
Her father, Moses Tembe addressed rumours of that she committed suicide.
A letter from Moses was read out by businessman Sandile Zungu, who said the letter was a reflection of a “heartbroken father”.
“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.” he wrote.
“I cannot allow an unfortunate narrative to go unchallenged, a narrative that irks me to no end … that is ‘Anele was chronically suicidal’. All I can say is, until Anele turned 21, not a single member of her family, my family would have associated her with suicide.”
He said Anele’s wish was to fall in love and marry the man who would become the father of her children, adding that they differed on the direction she should take in her life but he stood by her.
Moses said he was happy for her when she introduced him to Kiernan and suggested they go for proper premarital counselling.
“I knew Kiernan loved my daughter but their companionship needed more than love. It had to be premised and embedded on a Godly foundation.”
He said he was proud to be Anele’s father.
“Anele made me happy as a father, very happy. Anele was feisty, strong-willed some might say. She was single-minded in her pursuits, what others would uncritically call stubborn. Anele never minced her words, an attribute that would perturb her siblings, which she balanced by giving her absolute best to those around her.”
“In my deepest desire that my girl live to be who she wanted to be, I nurtured these Anele traits. For I truly believed that she had needed guidance rather than repression, persuasion rather than brute force,” he said.
Check out Nelli Tembe funeral pictures below:
The photos will move you to tears.