Hands off Khaya Mthethwa

Idols SA Season 8 contestant Khaya Mthethwa seems to have hit the right note, although it’s not all hunky dory being the most popular contestant, the KZN born rising star is now a victim of a smear campaign against him called ABK “nothing but Khaya”, which is aimed at voting against him because of a believe that he may have been head-hunted and receives preferential treatment, this is according to a column tittled ”Khaya is SA’s First Black Idol?” by Youngster which was on news24 on the 16 July 2012.

Youngster seems to be nothing but a sensationalist who fails clearly to articulate his baseless and uniformed allegation through his highly inaccurate and crippled so called evidence. I must say your behaviour is unbecoming especially after your earlier column about how Former President Nelson Mandela has sold us out. According to Youngster the former Idols judge Mara Louw was booted out after having raised the issue of race taking preference in crowning the ultimate winner but yet forgetting Mara Louw’s rambling drunkenness, and that this season Mnet is aiming at producing a black winner, thinking to myself i wondered why in South Africa should everything be about race and unfortunately this race card is now being abused. I personally know white people who have voted and who rally behind some black contestant simply because of their vocal ability not race.

By no doubt Khaya Mthethwa is talented and he deserves to be in the top 10 and so is everyone who made it to the top 10, but the songster has created a niche for himself with the judges and viewers and has given signal loud and clear that he is the real deal. And for some people to suggested Mthethwa is headhunted because he is black is nothing but an insult to his talent and to a larger black community and a disgrace that such allegations are coming from a black person.

Lobbying has never been a crime anywhere, weather in political arenas or church leadership contestation, for a mere fact that a website was established to raise funds and lobby for the Mthethwa to be crowned winner for this season is no crime and there is nothing suspicious about that since the website is not associated with Mnet and its not discrediting any contestant on the show, i wonder what makes the likes of Youngster to think that Mthethwa is receiving “unfair media coverage”, well media practitioners will tell you that everything that seems to be getting people talking is news worthy.

To remind alarmist like Youngster Mthethwa’s name started going viral on social networks and probably in taxi ranks after his soulful rendition of US female rapper Nicki Minaj's thumping Super Bass during the Theatre Week phase, the soulful young crooner’s popularity has skyrocketed even on twitter from 1900 twitter followers to 20169 even stars like Kabomo sing team khaya,

Yougster strongly believe that the are “external forces of darkness” that are assisting in promoting Mthethwa yet it’s evident that loyal fans are the once promoting the songster. The group friends of khaya on facebook which has over 800 members was started by a fan, Tebogo Latanta says that what influenced him in creating the group was the fact that “he saw good talent and potential idol who is nothing but a full package”. But i believe like Mthethwa said after he got his golden ticket to sun-city that “nothing can hold us back from who we suppose to be and what we suppose to do”. For the fact that Lindelani Mkhize is director of Universal music SA and that he is a co-founder of the award winning gospel group Joyous celebration, which Mthethwa happens to be part of to me that doesn’t indicate any form of conflict of interest since Mkhize is not a judge.

But my view is that no one should try to prophesy who might be crowned the winner, and lets give space for contestant to battle it out amongst themselves and let fans exercise their right to vote for their favourite without intimidation because of prophets of doom like Yongster. The winner of Idols is chosen by the voting public and the results are verified and audited and these guys in the Top 10 they are extremely talented

CORNHOLIO 2012-08-03 08:03:27 AM
jordache.ramjith 2012-08-03 11:31:43 AM
Sorry I stopped reading after a while. I just don't see why Khaya's fans believe that their religious dogma is the predominant reason for why he should win. Also, their constant use of God's name through out this season is disgraceful. I do think that where there's smoke there must be fire --- the whole thing is fishy. But hey each hypocrite to his own!
Alcide 2012-08-03 11:50:15 AM
This is getting boring now. Can we move on now. Really, there are 10 people in the top 10. All with talent. Khaya is not the only one with a God - given talent. Get over it - It is a big yawn. Support whoever you want.
abigail.smart.75 2012-08-03 11:59:47 AM
If Idols was fair and just this would not be happening....double standards much????
Rose 2012-08-03 12:21:18 PM
If Khaya was so good he would not have needed Mnet. It seems more like Mnet needs Khaya with his already established fan base?
Tyla Baard 2012-08-03 01:06:21 PM
I find this article extremely disturbing. Don't you HAVE a spell-check?
Youngster 2012-08-03 02:00:27 PM
Do you have something against me dude? Your article was a complete bore. What ever you say will not change the fact that Khaya is the "chosen" one.
Ziyanda 2012-08-06 08:42:04 AM
I for one am a huge Khaya Mthethwa fan, not because I was influenced by anyone but simply because when he sings I just melt and he touches me right there. The boy is talented and its as simple as that. @Youngster the more you hate the more we as fans love. Whatever you are trying to do is not gonna work. Sorry!
Nhlakanipho Gumede 2012-08-09 08:06:43 AM
I don't normal want to comment about controversial issues - but somehow I m forced to air my views in this matter. It is hurting that love for music talent is tainted with racial and religious controversy. Aldice there is nothing wrong with Khaya using name God in secular competition, remember our country is not atheist state. Hence it means in this context respect of all religions and in this case has his supporters have Right to express their views on their Christian belief. The other contested if they are Christians are not prevented to use name God. Youngster views are racial inspired and are result of fear that for the first time in South Africa we would have a black something that cause High Blood Pressure to him. For seven seasons a black talented musician has never won idols is an indictment to idols voters. The real reason we did not have black person its because of economics - most black people don't own TV's let alone DSTV for privilege. But through social networks Khaya campaign is getting ground to many people. I know peopl who decided to buy DSTV cos of Khaya popularity.