More South Africans than ever are reaching out over suicidal thoughts.
The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) on Monday said call volumes to its helpline remained at an all-time high, having doubled to more than 1,400 a day over the past year.
On average, the country sees 23 suicides a day, while 460 people attempt to take their own lives.
In George, police spent all night assisting a man who had threatened to leap from a building.
In Cape Town, another man attempted to take his own life along the N2 Highway.
The much-publicised death of Anele Tembe, fiancé of rapper AKA, who apparently fell from the 10th storey of a hotel in the city centre is also being treated as a suicide.
SADAG’s Cassey Chambers said: “We hear more and more about it as it hit the press and social media.”
She said calls to their helpline continue to increase: “Just before lockdown, we got 600 a day and a year later, we are now looking at over 1,400 calls a day.”
South African rapper, AKA don release statement to address di nature of relationship with im dead fiancée Anele Tembe.
Tori be say Tembe im girlfriend reportedly die afta she fall from di 10th floor of one Cape Town hotel last month.
Reports for local media dey suggest say Ms Tembe fit don take her own life sake of depression.
But during her funeral service, her father Moses Tembe tok say di family no believe say Anele kill herself or she dey suicidal.
AKA statement dated 8, May 2021 describe how di him and Anele Tembe love affiar be like before her death.
“Wetin make am so sad be say some of di pipo wey she and I love and trust wit our deepest trouble, now dey use am as weapon to set a negative narrative on my character.”
Wetin AKA tok for statement about relationship wit Anele Tembe?
“E dey so sad say I find myself having to speak to di nature of my relationship wit Anele.
I be personate and emotional pesin and wetin I no go stand for na to see pipo dey attempt to spoil my name.
And importantly Anele character to suit tok wey both of us no sign up for. Di rapper tok.
We bin enjoy a beautiful, yet challenging relationship wey sometimes get some troubles like all relationships with di pressure say I dey public eye and we play up to am.
Before dis latest statement, South Africa loocal tori pipo [Sunday World news] report say di rapper break silence on di tragic death of Tembe.
Di first words from Kiernan Forbes, expresses how deeply e don affect am.
“I don lost di love of my life… and every day dey feel like a mountain to climb.
“I miss Anele, so much, and I dey heartbroken at di unfulfilled life we bin plan together,” AKA tok a week afta her burial.
For Anele Tembe papa tribute wey one family friend Sandile Zhungu read during her funeral, he tok say:
“Not a single member of my family go associate Anele wit suicide, to live no go be challenge for Anele.
“On di contrary, Anele love herself so much dat she wan live more rather than less.
“As her father, I hereby state categorically say Anele no dey suicidal nor did she commit suicide.”
Oda things AKA tok for statement about relationship wit Anele Tembe
As numb as I dey for Anele funeral I take in every word , di direct ones and di ones wey carry other meanings.
I no go dey part of speaking or exposing our troubles as a couple, just to defend myself from one sided views wey dem dey portray out of dia full context
Every story get two sides and so does every video, image and message.
I dey fully aware of who dey behind all dis engaging media and wetin be dia intention….”
He mention for inside di statement say as police dey carry out investigation sake of di death of im Fiance, dem never name am as suspect.
“I Kierman JarryD Forbes never dey named as suspect but I don be nothing but a corporative witness”. he tok.
He add say ‘I bin and still dey madly in love wit a girl, carrying whatever past trauma she face before I meet her.’
South Africa local tori pipo for News24 bin dey report say dem get some images wey show di award winning rapper dey use im hand violently to break down one wooden door.
Di action appear to wan enta di bedroom for dia apartment in Bryanston, Johannesburg wia Tembe bin dey hide, di report tok.
Dem report say di incident happun for 13 March, about a month before Anele Tembe death for Cape Town hotel.
South African police still dey investigate di cause of her death.
Messages of comfort and condolences are being posted on social media following Tembe’s death.
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The couple had been visiting the Mother City over the weekend and attended various events mere hours before the tragedy.
An inquest docket has been opened by police who are looking for potential witnesses.
Her relatives said she would be remembered as a gifted, sweet-natured young woman.
For a suicidal emergency, contact SADAG on 0800 567 567/ 24hr Helpline 0800 456 789
death of Anele Tembe
A security guard who was first on the scene where Anele “Nelli” Tembe,
the fiancée of SA rapper AKA, fell from the tenth floor penthouse of the Pepperclub Hotel, has described the harrowing discovery.
The security guard said he heard someone scream before a loud thud followed at around 7.30am on Sunday morning.
“I thought it was a car crash and we went to look and at first we didn’t see anything,
and then someone shouted that there was someone lying on the street,” said the security
guard, who asked to remain anonymous.
“We went closer and saw a naked young woman, she was still breathing at that time.”
Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst said paramedics arrived on the scene shortly
after 8am and found a 22-year-old female who had allegedly jumped from the tenth floor,
landing on the road below.
“Medics assessed the patient who had sustained critical injuries and was treated on scene
by an advanced life support paramedic.
While stabilizing the patient her condition rapidly deteriorated and she was sadly declared deceased on the scene,” Herbst said.
In a joint statement on Sunday, the Tembe and Forbes families, said AKA, whose real name is Kiernan Forbes,
was inconsolable and was surrounded by family and close friends.
“It is with the deepest regret that we, the Tembe and Forbes families,
confirm the untimely passing of our beloved fiancé, daughter, sister and daughter-in-law,
Anele Tembe (22).
Anele tragically passed on in the early hours of this morning, Sunday 11 April 2021,“ the statement said.