'Idols SA' runner-up Mthokozisi Ndaba lost to Paxton Fielies in the finale. Picture: Chris Townend

Following reports that 'Idols SA' runner-up Mthokozisi Ndaba was not coping well after he lost to Paxon Fielies on Sunday night, Ndaba posted a video on Instagram stating that he is "happy for Paxton" and thanking "everyone'' who voted for him.

In a lengthy statement received this morning, Ndaba explains why he did not attend the press conference after the winner's announcement and again "dismiss claims" that he didn't congratulate the winner of 'Idols SA 2017', Paxton Fieles.

"I would firstly like to take this opportunity and apologize to all media houses for my absence at the press conference after the announcement of the Idols winner of 2017, this was unplanned and unforseen as I had prepared myself for the results going either way. It was a moment of weakness since I had wanted and needed this so badly not just for me but for my family. 

I had planned to dedicate the win to my late parents and my late son and at that moment I felt like I had let them down. I guess I let being human get the better of me.

I would also like to take this moment and dismiss the claims that I didn’t congratulate the winner of Idols 2017 Miss Paxton Fieles, this is absolutely false and it is in not in my nature to not wish another person well, the other contestants from the top ten came to wish her well and as required I had to move from
the stage and allow her to celebrate her moment of glory this was in no way a sign of being a sore loser.

I sent out a video congratulating Paxton on her win.Paxton is a deserving winner and I know how much effort and work she had put in every week to perfecting her craft it was a great honour for me to share the stage with her and all the finalists.

"Lastly, I want to send my greatest and deepest gratitude to the Idols team for the platform and opportunity they gave me to showcase my talent and for all the lessons we learnt about music and the journey of self discovery that we all went through, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. 

To all the people in South Africa and across the world who believed in me and voted for me, words will never be enough to express how grateful I am so I will just put it in a song. Thank you for downloading Masithandane and making it number one on ITunes and to the radio stations that are playing it, I am
beyond thankful.

My entire focus now is on producing great music that people can listen to and they can love and appreciate. I will not limit myself to anything, as a creative I am using this time to explore the music and entertainment industry and all the possibilities that are out there for me. 

I Love music and I live music that is who I am. I also have a non-profit organization that I started a while ago called Mthoko's angels” which seeks to empower children who are orphaned, the number of children without parents in the country is staggering and not many people will understand the challenges that come with growing up having no mother or father figure and you have no choice but to be an adult, it can be very detrimental to a childs life.

With all that being said I look forward to what the future has in store for me, as a child of God I know and I am certain that his plans for me are always to prosper me and I trust his ways more than mine, he promised never to leave nor forsake me and I will give him praise always. The best decision I ever made
was auditioning for Idols, it has truly changed my life for the better, once again.I Thank you for all your love and support, God Bless you all."