No Miss SA’s reign has been fraught with more drama than Miss Lalela Mswane’s reign in 2021. She just got crowned in October, and less than a month later, everything descended into chaos. Now, it seems like she may not even be able to take part in the Miss Universe pageant in Israel.
Ever since it was announced that the Miss Universe pageant would be held in Israel, Lalela has had to deal with the whole country calling for her to boycott the competition. It is not a good look, they say, for a beauty queen from a country with a painful history of apartheid, to be so willing to attend the pageant in a country accused of the same crimes against humanity.
Recently, the government also pulled its support for the young model, and basically hung her out to dry. As of then, if Lalela was to attend the pageant anyway, she would be going as a private citizen, without the government’s support, and perhaps not even representing South Africa.
Medical experts in the country have now announced a new Covid 19 variant discovered in Mzansi, as well as in a few other neighbouring countries. In response to this announcement, many countries are not putting up travel bans against southern African countries in which the strain has been found.