These past weeks Mzansi has been calling Miss South Africa to boycott the Miss Universe pageant set in Israel. Mzansi rejoices as Israel bars travel to and from South Africa. This means that the reigning Miss South Africa may not participate in the Miss Universe pageant after all.
The announcement that the Miss Universe pageant was set to be held in Israel was met with mixed emotions. People have been protesting for the Miss Universe organization to put humanity over pageants. South Africa, a country that suffered apartheid,d has been calling its own Miss South Africa pageant company to boycott the Miss Universe one as Israel is an apartheid country.
Miss SA released a statement that they will be distancing themselves from politics. Lalela Mswane, the reigning Miss South Africa, had not said anything personally on the issue. Some people felt she had to say something, but some claimed it was as good as her voice if her employers had spoken.
Israel bars travel to and from South Africa because of the new COVID strain.
In a twist of events, a new variant of the coronavirus has been detected in South Africa. In the wake of this, some countries had placed the country under the red travel list. Naftali Bennett, who is the Prime Minister of Israel, also bars travel to and from South Africa because of this new COVID strain. He announced that travellers from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Botswana, Mozambique and Eswatini who are not Israeli would be barred entry into the country.
Tweeps have been rejoicing at this news. This was because that may mean that the beauty queen won’t be attending the Miss Universe pageant. Miss South Africa has released no official statement on this new event. Above are more tweets that mentioned this recent surprising change of circumstances.