From queuing up for the auditions, battling out on stage with other contestants, to winning the prestigious Idols SA season 14, seemed ‘a long walk to freedom' for eventual winner Yanga Sobetwa, now she won’t be writing her matric exams for 2019 because of her busy schedule.
Following the news that she now regrets not writing her exams this year", Yanga took to her Twitter account to clarify that she never said, implied, or expressed worry about putting her studies on the shelf.
Yanga explained to DRUM that she was doing her matric this year at Rhodes High school and for the first six months this year she sat for two or three examinations, but she was under immense pressure because she was also recording her album.
"I was recording my album Promised Land, doing PR tours, gigs and traveling and that demanded a lot, so I couldn’t be 100% productive on all of those things including school work.
"That is why my parents and teachers recommended that I separate my subjects, do three subjects next year in June and the rest in December 2020," she said.
The young Idols star said her high school was very supportive in all senses and they had a plan on how she would balance her career with her schoolwork.
"My teachers sent me my assignments and my responsibility was to do them. The only problem was that some of them needed me to be physically at school and I missed out on class tests which were going to contribute to my final marks," she explained.
Since she released her album in May 2019, the 18-year-old told DRUM that her album hit pole position on the iTunes charts and that right now, they are on heading towards selling 10 000 copies before the end of the year.
Yanga also took time to explain how she was not bothered by being trolled on social media following the news regarding her studies.
"To be honest I laughed when I saw the article, I wasn't fazed at all. I wasn't going to say anything but for the sake of my supporters I had to clear the air. I am very young and I believe respect is earned. The newspaper headline said that I regret taking a break from my matric, which I never did, it was a decision that was taken by my parents and teachers for my mental well-being," she said.