Dream turns into nightmare for So You Think You Can Dance winner

By Kirstin Buick
13 November 2013

Sibahle Tshibika, winner of So You Think You Can Dance is currently mourning the passing of her grandma immediately after her victory as SA's favourite dancer.

Being crowned the winner of SABC 1’s So You Think You Can Dance was supposed to be a dream come true for Sibahle Tshibika, but her triumph soon turned into a nightmare.

IOL News reports the 23-year-old and her family have gone into hiding after being warned the young Khayelitsha dancer was being targeted by kidnappers who planned on holding her to ransom for her R250 000 prize money.

This comes after the news yesterday that Tshibika’s grandmother, 72-year-old Beatrice Tshibika, died after collapsing while watching her granddaughter compete in the final on Saturday.

Tshibika reportedly said she’d use her prize money to build her mother a house and contribute to her grandmother’s funeral.

The Daily Sun reports that the 23-year-old from Khayelitsha in Cape Town collapsed as well at hearing the sad news of granny’s passing.

“It would have been nice to celebrate with her, but God had a different plan. My gogo supported meand she was the reason I got so far,” she told Daily Sun.

The family is said to be preparing for the funeralbut that will not overshadow the well-earned celebrations SA’s favourite dancer deserves.

Sibahle received the most votes and danced off with the cash prize of R250 000.

Fellow finalists Charlie van Rooyen from Ormonde, Robyn Brophy from Roodepoort and Chris Van Staden from Germiston were eliminated as the host Sinazo Yolwa revealed the voting results.

“Winning the show is a dream come true and one of the best things that has ever happened to me,” said a very emotional Sibahle.

-Petro-Anne Vlok

SOURCES: iol.co.za, channel24.co.za, facebook.com, drum.co.za

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