Three left in ‘hands-on’ challenge to win car

2014-01-27 00:00

THREE sleep-deprived contestants were still going strong late yesterday hoping to win a car in a tough “hands-on” contest in Pietermaritzburg.

As the music pumped at the Selgro Spar, they almost looked like they were dancing, except they kept one hand on the silver Chevrolet Spark parked outside the supermarket in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

A curious crowd watched the three people doing this strange routine. The competition had to be won hands down, in this exhausting competition that meant competitors had to keep their hands on the car non-stop except for five-minute toilet breaks.

The hours were clocking up and the last remaining three competitors yesterday looked remarkably fresh despite having been on their feet non-stop for more than 55 hours.

Only two of the five finalists had bowed out.

Competition MC Tim Boettiger, known as the white Zulu or as “Shoba Lembuzi” (the tail of goat) kept up a running commentary in Zulu as the contestants tried to focus. Each of them were trapped in their own mental anguish.

Security guard Bhekisisa Mchunu (51) said, “I am used to standing on my feet for hours and I am fit”.

Church going gogo Jabu Masinga (63) believed that all her days of going to church and standing in long night vigils would stand her in good stead. She spent a lot of time praying.

The third competitor was young Phindile Mncwabe (27), who has a driver’s licence but has never owned a car. She works as a machinist at a cotton factory.

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