City ecstatic after local idol Bones is crowned

2014-11-25 00:00

VINCENT Bones is a living testimony of what dedication and endurance can do.

This is according to Lee Loynes, the chief executive of Girls and Boys Town, who added that the Idols sensation has inspired millions of under-privileged children across the country.

Girls and Boys Town is the private organisation where the new South ­African idol’s life was turned around after he spent his childhood sleeping rough, on the streets.

“He has overcome so much in his life and it was nerve-wracking seeing him triumph. When he did, we were ecstatic. He is completely inspirational to everyone and is an idol for the children,” Loynes said yesterday.

“His musical talent is incomparable and is just amazing. Children at the organisation had been attending the show and are now so happy he won. He remained humble and we are so proud of him.”

This was echoed by Msunduzi ­Municipality mayor Chris Ndlela who said Bones’s victory “boosts the ­image and the profile of the city”.

“We are now becoming a winning city, in fact we are a winning city. We are all excited and proud. We have made a decision to honour him as one of the stars of the city,” Ndlela said.

He expressed gratitude to the people of Maritzburg, the province and the whole country who continued voting for him.

Members of the Pietermaritzburg church Eagle Christian Centre, where Bones was a musical director, were beaming with excitement at a public viewing held in the church.

“We wanted to celebrate his achievement together. I always knew Vincent had great things in store for his life. He has always been humble and consistent in his attitude to wanting to achieve the best,” pastor Julian Naicker said yesterday.

Bones’s wife, Gillian, who raised her hands in prayer shortly after her sweetheart’s name was called, said: “I was praying. Thank you, Jesus, giving God the glory he deserves. He’s grown and is strong. We are grateful.”

Shortly after the show at Carnival City, Bones was awarded a R700 000 cheque, a car and other goodies inclusive in the package.

“This is amazing. It is something that I’d wake up in the morning and say, ‘Was I dreaming? Did it really happen?’,” said Bones on Sunday.

It was evident that he’s the darling of the moment as the fans were pulling him aside, taking selfies with the star, hugging and congratulating him at the after-party.

Sports and Recreation Minister ­Fikile Mbalula hailed him as a “bunch of a winner” on Twitter on Sunday night.

• khanyisani.dlomo@witness.co.za

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