WATCHING her granddaughter being crowned the winner of SABC1’s So You Think You Can Dance on Friday was too much excitement for gogo Beatrice Tshibika (72) – she collapsed and died.
Sibahle Tshibika’s gogo died at her home in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, while Sibahle was accepting the R250000 prize on stage.
When Sibahle (23) heard about her gogo’s death, her moment of triumph turned to misery and she collapsed herself. However, the gogo’s death didn’t stop crowds of Khayelitsha residents from celebrating in the streets.
They continued to braai and play music even after hearing about the gogo’s tragic death.
Sibahle said although she was happy that she won, she was very sad about her gogo.
“It would have been nice to celebrate with her, but God had a different plan. My gogo supported me and she was the reason I got so far,” she said.
Sibahle said she planned to stay in Joburg for a few months to grab any opportunities that might come her way.
“Everything is different here and there are many opportunities. At first I didn’t expect to win but because of the support I got from friends, family and my community, I started thinking I could walk away with the prize during the last few weeks,” she said.
Sibahle told Daily Sun that it was her dream to build a house for her mum, Noluthando Tshibika (46), and her three siblings.
Noluthando said that when Sibahle first started dancing she was a teenager, but she didn’t approve because she was scared it would disrupt her studies.
Speaking about her mum’s death, Noluthando said: “It’s very sad but life has to go on. We are in the process of preparing for the funeral, but we also need to celebrate Sibahle’s achievement.”