Update on Nelli Tembe's memorial service: Body arrives in Durban


The body of Nelli Tembe who died on Sunday after falling from the 10th floor of the five-star Pepperclub Hotel in central Cape Town has arrived in her hometown, Durban, ahead of a memorial service in her honour on Thursday.

A source confirmed that Nelli's body left Cape Town and arrived at King Shaka International Airport on Wednesday morning, accompanied by her fiancé, rapper AKA.

The star will be among mourners who will celebrate the life of Nelli at the memorial service on Thursday, which will be streamed live for people to pay their respects.

A funeral service is planned for later in the week, but details around both services have yet to be announced by the family.

Exact details around Nelli’s death are unknown at this stage but witnesses at the hotel described hearing a scream on Sunday morning, followed by a “loud doef” sound. They said they had also heard a man shouting.

Police have confirmed the incident is under investigation.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst said paramedics arrived on the scene and found a 22-year-old female who had allegedly jumped from the 10th floor.

He confirmed that the woman was found naked by the first responders and that she was in a critical condition.

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