Mroza’s Van Damme surprised everyone earlier this week by scooping the prestigious SABC Summer Song of the Year title.
The announcement led to serious debate on the credibility of the song. Nevertheless, emerging reports confirmed that though the song won the title, it was far from easy and definitely not a walk in the park.
According to the auditing report for the SABC Summer Song of the Year vote released by the public broadcaster, the race was tight. In fact, Mroza’s Van Damme won by a mere 5%. Auditing firm Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo made this revelation on Wednesday afternoon.
The report shows that Mroza’s song got 176,452 votes (20%) of the total eligible votes cast. This means it beat its closest rival (King Monada’s Ska Bhora Moreki) by 43,836 votes. Ska Bhora Moreki got 132,616 votes (15%). Babes Wodumo’s Wololo took the third spot with 14.3% of the total votes.
Van Damme’s success was beyond the expectations of fans as they thought that Babes Wodumo’s Wololo or King Monada’s Ska Bhora Moreki would win the title. Subsequently, fans inundated social media platforms with comments about the win, with a lot of them saying they never even heard the song.
Nonetheless, the rules of the SABC Summer Song of the Year competition maintained that the winner of the award should have a “presence in at least five different radio stations and have the highest number of votes based on all votes received, regardless of station”.
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Therefore, when social media questioned whether Van Damme really won the title, the broadcaster said it released the official results in “the spirit of transparency”.
Mroza Fakude will be presented with a brand new car and R150,000 cash as the winner. This will take place later this month at an official event.