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NGO demands minister apologise to Lalela Mswane: ‘It’s not too late’

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Dec 13, 2021

Despite the personal attack lobbied against her, Lalela Mswane has come out victorious after placing in the Top 3 at the Miss Universe pageant.

However her international pageant accolade is not enough to justify the criticism she endured, claim a local NGO.

Citizens For Integrity (CFI) are demanding that the Miss SA winner receive a formal apology from government, and in particular Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa.

ALSO READ: ‘Against all odds’: Praise after Lalela makes Miss Universe Top 3

NGO PEN OPEN LETTER TO MINISTER

CFI posted an open letter to Nathi Mthethwa on their Twitter page. In it they implored the minister to reconsider his stance towards Lalela Mswane’s visit to Israel, which has been described as an “Apartheid state”.

Last month, the department revealed that they were withdrawing support from the Miss SA organisation over Lalela’s controversial trip to Eilat, Israel. The department alluded to having “unsuccessful talks” with the Miss SA organisation who continued to support Lalela’s dream of participating in Israel.

In the open letter, CFI took aim at the way Lalela was treated. It read: “You offered her nothing but threats in South Africa. You would have left her nothing, except a lack of dignity. Your threats that could prove disastrous to her future and public standing seem a little hollow. Will you greet her on her triumphant return to South Africa?”.

CFI

ALSO READ: ‘Trying hard not to be petty’: Anele congratulates Lalela amid backlash

CFI then addressed Nathi specifically. It continued: “Mr Minister, it’s not too late for the government to apologise”.

The organisation also warned it was ready for “round two” in court. Last week the NGO filed an application with the Pretoria High Court against the government over their withdrawal of support against Lalela Mswane.

The court did not rule in their favour and the application was struck off the roll

“We’re just itching to see you back in court so we can finish off what we started”, the open letter concluded.

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— Mark Hyman (@MarkHymanZA) December 13, 2021

SA JUDICIAL COUNCIL CONGRATULATES LALELA

The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) also praised Lalela Mswane for her stint at the Miss Universe pageant.

The organisation tweeted: “We are so proud of you @Lalela_lali. Congratulations on such a great achievement: You urged women to “choose courage over comfort at every opportunity they get”. You’ve walked the talk!”

SABJD

We are so proud of you @Lalela_lali. Congratulations on such a great achievement: You urged women to “choose courage over comfort at every opportunity they get”. You’ve walked the talk! #MissUniverse @official_MissSA #LalaleaMswane pic.twitter.com/KvED8HqJDV

— SA Jewish Board (@SAJBD) December 13, 2021

And Miss SA organisers used their social media to proclaim how “proud” they were of the young woman.

They tweeted :”Your @MissUniverse journey has been one for the books. Your persistence and commitment to representing your nation and fulfilling your childhood dream has been absolutely inspiring. We’re looking forward to seeing all the great things that you will achieve in the future”.

But at Miss SA, when is she landing. I want to go to airport because my daughter keeps on asking me….

— Man with no roots. (@yaya_LukATme) December 13, 2021

It’s unclear when Lalela Mswane will return home to South Africa.

ALSO READ: ‘Hell and back’: Lalela Mswane speaks out on being ‘bullied’ over Israeli trip

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