The Miss South Africa organization has responded to social media backlash regarding the Miss Universe pageant which is scheduled to take place in Israel this year. This follows after the grandson of former SA president Nelson Mandela, Mandla Mandela recently called on African countries to boycott the beauty pageant over the 'cruel treatment of Palestinians at the hands of the Apartheid Israel regime.'
The organization says Miss South Africa 2021 Lalela Mswane will be representing this country at Miss Universe at the end of the year. The CEO of the organisation Stephanie Weil said that she was aware there were statements indicating that Mswane had pulled out but that these were completely unfounded and untrue. With all the misinformation and fake news around, Weil added that the Miss South Africa Organisation was also thrilled to be able to make Lalela’s childhood dream – to wear the crown while representing her country globally – come true.