Cops brought in to help keep So You Think You Can Dance winner safe

2013-11-17 06:00

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So You Think You Can Dance winner Sibahle Tshibika and her family are being guarded by police in Joburg following threats to her life.

Last Saturday, the 23-year-old, who lives in Khayelitsha and trained at the iKapa Dance Theatre, clinched top honours in the third season of the popular reality-TV show, winning R250 000 in prize money.

But Tshibika’s week took a nightmarish twist.

Her grandmother, 72-year-old Beatrice Tshibika, collapsed and died while watching her granddaughter win the competition on Saturday.

What’s more, back home in Khayelitsha, the young dancing sensation went into hiding after warnings from neighbours that her life is in danger.

The family’s shack was broken into on Tuesday, fortunately after they had already fled.

The producers of the dance show, Rapid Blue, have voiced “massive concern”. They have rushed to help the stricken Tshibika family.

“This is obviously massively concerning and securing the safety of Sibahle and her family is our primary concern.

“As such, she and her family have been moved to Johannesburg and the police have been brought in to assist in keeping them safe,” said Rapid Blue’s spokesperson, Ed Worster.

He stressed that Tshibika never carried the winnings on her person.

“Sibahle does not physically have the winnings in her possession, they will be placed in a trust and Sibahle will be assisted in how to manage her finances moving forward,” he said.

Earlier this week, Deputy Minister of International Relations Marius Fransman lauded Tshibika’s achievement as “a source of pride and joy for the community of Khayelitsha and Western Cape”.

But now, it is unclear when the young star will return to Cape Town.

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