THE Miss South Africa Organisation has broken its social media silence, following the government’s decision to withdraw its support for the organisation, with an Instagram post abouAAt Shudufhadzo Musida’s participation at Miss World.
25-year-old Shudufhadzo, who was crowned Miss South Africa 2020, will represent the country at the 70th Miss World pageant in Puerto Rico on 16 December.
“A new journey begins for our @missworld South Africa, @shudufhadzomusida, as she heads to Puerto Rico,” the organisation captioned a video of Shudufhadzo taking her final walk as reigning Miss South Africa at the Grand Arena in Cape Town on 16 October.
The post comes after a week-long radio silence, following public outcry for SA to withdraw from Miss Universe 2021. The pageant will be held in Israel — which is accused of committing atrocities against Palestinians – on 13 December.
A statement posted on Instagram on 9 November, which confirmed Miss South Africa 2021 Lalela Mswane’s attendance at the 70th edition of Miss Universe, garnered an overwhelmingly negative response — and the comment section of the post was subsequently closed.
On Sunday, News24 reported that the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture said it withdrew its support for the Miss South Africa Organisation after it could not convince organisers to pull out of the event.
The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture said atrocities committed by Israel against Palestinians were well documented, and the government, as the legitimate representative of the people of South Africa, “could not in good conscience associate itself with such”.