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Idols SA winner Zama drives off in new set of wheels and R1 million

Nineteen-year-old Zama Khumalo from Emalahleni in Mpumalanga, walked away with R1 million, a car and record deal with Kalawa Jazmee after being crowned Idols SA season 16 winner.

Zama beat runner-up, Lungisani “Mr Music” Mthetwa.

The singer became an instant millionaire as she won prizes worth millions of rands including a cash price of R 1 million, a record deal from Kalawa Jazmee, R150 000 worth of the latest Samsung products, the all-new Toyota Starlet 1.4, R100 000 worth of Fashion from Truworths, a Kymci Xciting 400 scooter worth R120 000 and R80 000 worth of musical instruments from Yamaha.

“I’m really blessed, thank you very much South Africa,” said a teary-eyed Zama before performing her new single Ndizobizwa to close season 16 of the reality music show.

29 Million votes were cast in the past week to determine who would be the next South African Idol. Mr Music came second from Zama but did not walk away empty handed. He had a handful of prizes to his name.

The young man, who stood in a queue for more than 24 hours to get an opportunity to audition, walks away with R50 000 in cash from Samsung, along with some of the latest Samsung products, R50 000 in cash in an Old Mutual Money account and R50 000 worth of fashion from Truworths.

“We are excited that once again, Mzansi Magic has provided a platforms for young South Africans to launch their careers, and this season was no different.

“We would like to congratulate tonight’s winner as well as all the contestants that were part of this season.

“As the competition continues to open up the industry, we would like to also express our gratitude to our valued sponsors for all the amazing prizes that our winner will get, as well as thank all our viewers for taking time to vote,” said Nomsa Philiso, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net.

The hunt for the next SA Idol for season 17 has already begun. Due to covid restrictions all auditions will be conducted online.