Idols winner thanks SA

Khaya Mthethwa thanked South Africa for making his biggest dream come true.

Khaya Mthethwa from Durban became the eighth South African to win South African Idols. Picture: Yip Photography.

JOHANNESBURG - Khaya Mthethwa won South Africa's Pop Idol competition on Tuesday.

The 25-year old won after three million votes were apparently cast for the finale which saw the Durbanite take the title.

Mthethwa clutched his head when the announcement was made and thanked God and his parents for their support.

He told Talk Radio 702 on Wednesday morning that it was quite a night.

"I slept for exactly 33 minutes. Firstly, I feel relieved because I was under extreme pressure on Tuesday night. It was really nerve-wrecking to be on that stage."

He said he was still shocked, but thrilled that he won.

He thanked South Africa for making his big dream come true.