Rorisang Kgosana
Premium Journalist
5 minute read
15 Nov 2021
7:11 pm

Miss Universe boycott ‘pointless’ while govt still does business with Israel

Rorisang Kgosana

Despite using a beauty pageant to make a political statement, SA has no intentions of cutting diplomatic or business ties with Israel.

Miss South Africa 2021 Lalela Mswane has received her new ride. Picture: Supplied

As the boycott of Miss Universe pageant in Israel gains traction, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture's withdrawal of support from the event is a hollow gesture, considering government itself is nowhere near cutting ties with Israel - instead their posturing can be seen as an attempt to rob a young woman of an international opportunity. The department has turned its back on newly-crowned Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane for intending to partake in the Miss Universe contest in Israel next month. Sport, arts and culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Sunday that they would not be supporting the...