Government withdraws support for Miss SA

November 15, 2021

They wanted Miss SA organisers to boycott the Miss Universe pageant because it is taking place in Israel.

The South African government has officially withdrawn its support for the Miss South Africa pageant after its organisers refused to boycott the annual Miss Universe pageant which is taking place in Israel this year.

The ANC has come forward to say that it supports the government’s decision and views the choice of the Miss SA team to proceed with its participation in the Miss Universe pageant as betrayal.

In a statement on Sunday, the Department of Sports, Art and Culture announced it would no longer support the pageant because of Miss South Africa organisers’ “intransigence and disregard” of advice against sending Miss SA Lalela Mswane to compete in the Miss Universe pageant.

“Following unsuccessful consultations initiated by the Ministry of Sport, Arts and Culture, it has proven difficult to persuade the Miss SA pageant organisers to reconsider their decision to partake in the Miss Universe event scheduled to be held in Israel during the month of December 2021,” it read.

“What, during initial consultations, appeared like engaging, constructive and progressive discussions was later met with an unpleasant demeanour that is intransigent and lacking appreciation of the potential negative impact of such a decision on the reputation and future of a young black woman.”

According to the statement, crimes perpetrated by Israel against Palestinians were well documented and the government, as the representative of the people of South Africa, “could not in good conscience associate itself with such”.

The statement went on to say that the decision by organisers to proceed with their trip to Israel in December against government advice is damaging for the Miss SA brand.