Editorials
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16 Nov 2021
6:05 am

Nathi’s Miss SA call just a gesture

Editorials

Mthethwa justified the decision to withdraw official backing from the Miss SA contest on the grounds that Mswane, as this country’s winner, would somehow be lending support to the Israeli government.

Miss South Africa 2021 Lalela Mswane. Picture: Instagram

You can’t accuse the department of arts, sports and culture of being quick off the mark. No surprise, then, that it only apparently woke up late to the building storm of outrage on social media that Miss South Africa was heading to Israel in December to represent the country at the Miss Universe pageant. Minister Nathi Mthethwa justified the decision to withdraw official backing from the Miss SA contest on the grounds that 24-year-old Lalela Mswane, as this country’s winner, would somehow be lending support to the Israeli government. SA has been a leading critic of Israel and staunch supporter...