‘Idols’ hopeful’s struggle

2012-03-07 00:00

ONE of the stars of yesterday’s Idols call-back auditions in Durban had come from afar for his chance at stardom.

In fact, 23-year-old Simphiwe Gwegwe, from Port Nolloth in the Northern Cape, had used every penny he could scrape together and every favour from friends and family to travel to Durban, in the hopes of fulfilling his dreams.

“I was supposed to audition in Johannesburg, but when I got off the bus at the audition venue, everyone had gone. I thought I’d missed my chance,” he said. “Then I decided to try and come to Durban. With the help of my supporters I made it.”

Gwegwe, who has been singing since the age of nine, added: “Now it’s up to me to showcase the talent that I have and to show how much talent there is in a small community like the one I come from.”

Before that happens, however, he faces two challenges: how to pay for a ticket back home to the Northern Cape and then how to get himself to Sun City. “I’ve been living from place to place, from spoon to spoon, these last few weeks. I will have to hustle to get a bus ticket,” Gwegwe said.

Meanwhile, Idols judge Gareth Cliff was arrested for speeding in Pretoria last night.

Cliff was caught driving 182 km/h in a 120km/h zone on the R21 in Lyttelton, Gauteng traffic police spokeswoman Busaphi Nxumalo said.

He was expected to appear in court in Pretoria today on charges of speeding and reckless or negligent driving, she said.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said he was unaware of Cliff’s arrest and could not comment.

Read more on Idols auditions here.

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