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‘Lalela wants to go to Israel’

By Zanele Zama

The South African government has withdrawn its support for the Miss South Africa pageant.

This comes after growing calls for the reigning Miss South Africa, Lalela Mswane, to boycott the pageant scheduled to take place in Israel next month.

Last week, Miss SA Organisation CEO Stephanie Weil told Clement Manyathela that they will not be boycotting the Miss Universe pageant and Msweni wanted to go and represent the country.

Spokesperson for the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Masechaba Khumalo says they have been in conversation with the Miss SA organisation, not Msweni directly.

It has proven very difficult to persuade the organiser to reconsider their decision to partake in Miss Universe. The reason cited was that she (Msweni) wants to go.

Masechaba Khumalo, Spokesperson – Minister of Sports, Arts and CultureWhen you look at where we come from as a country, we had the absolute backing of Palestine at the peak of apartheid. Even Nelson Mandela made it absolutely clear that without the Palestine Liberation Organisation amongst others, the end of the racist regime would have been delayed.

Masechaba Khumalo, Spokesperson – Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

As an ambassador of South Africa, it cannot be that under any circumstances be acceptable to go and attend or participate in any event in a country that is oppressing other human beings.

Masechaba Khumalo, Spokesperson – Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture


Mzukona Mantshontsho is the founder of Nyakaza Media Solutions. Nyakaza Media Solutions is an organisation that was established to help community organisations, business entities, and schools to research, write, document, report, analyse, edit, publish newsletters or bulletins in hard-copy, on-line and maintain websites with the relevant content as per the editorial policy of that organisation, school or entity. Nyakaza Media Solutions has a vision to promote and bring dialogue to communities, businesses and schools about issues that affect them. Nyakaza Media Solutions is on a mission to develop and encourage communities, businesses and learners to celebrate the good, applaud excellence, welcome growth, strive to be better individuals, businesses and communities, want more knowledge, discourage bad and counter-productive behaviour as well as communities, businesses and learners that want to be great SOUTH AFRICANS. Nyakaza Media Solutions is making use of Yo School Magazine as a platform that learners in all schools to make use of to write their stories.

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