The South African Government has withdrawn its support for the Miss South Africa Pageant. The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture released a statement announcing the decision. This follows what the department called intransigence and disregard of advice against partaking in the Miss Universe Pageant scheduled to be held in Israel next month.
In the statement, Minister Nathi Mthethwa said that whilst it appreciate the likely impact on the individual interest of the current Miss South Africa, reasons for withdrawal, far outweigh individual interest.
Lalela Mswane was crowned Miss South Africa 2021 during the competition’s finale at the Grand West Casino in Cape Town in mid-October. She beat nine other finalists from around the country to clinch the title. The 24-year-old is from KwaSokhulu near Richards Bay KwaZulu-Natal. She is a model and dancer that also holds a Bachelor of Law qualification from the University of Pretoria.