Miss Teen SA Contestants’ Robbed of Valuables During Finale at Emperor’s Palace

Miss Teen SA Contestants’ Robbed of Valuables During Finale at Emperor’s Palace

- This year's Miss Teen SA pageant has been overshadowed by a series of robberies that took place during the event

- It's reported at least 10 pageant contestants had their belongings stolen while performing during the pageants final rounds

- A crew member is thought to be responsible for the unthinkable crimes and has since been apprehended

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This year’s Miss Teen South Africa (MTSA) pageant ended miserably for 10 contestants whose valuables were reportedly stolen while they were modelling during the pageants final rounds.

Miss Teen SA Contestants’ Robbed of Valuables During Finale at Emperor’s Palace
This year's Miss Teen SA, Kayleigh Jeptha. Images: kayleighjephta/Instagram
Source: Instagram

Anonymous witness shares her story

According to an exclusive account given to IOL, one of the contestants, who asked to remain anonymous, said she had noticed her cellphone was missing when she asked a fellow contestant to take a photograph. She added that a few minutes later another contestant reported similar foul play.

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“During the weekend, we left our luggage in our hotel rooms and carried our handbags with us backstage. On Sunday at the finals we realised some of the other girls' valuables were missing,” the contestant said.

All in all 10 unassuming girls had their cellphones, money and bank cards stolen.

The thief has been uncovered

It was later discovered that a crew member had committed the robberies, at least that's according to one anonymous witness.

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More pageant news

In some more news about beauty queens, Briefly News previously reported that a Zozibini Tunzi doll is making the rounds on social media for all the wrong reasons after many fans shared that they felt it looked nothing like the former Miss Universe.

The man behind the doll

Sri Lankan celebrity doll artist Nigydolls created the doll in honour of Zozi, in which she is dressed like a true queen in her Xhosa-inspired black and white beaded garment that she rocked during this year's Miss Universe pageant.

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Social media reactions

Twitter A fan took to Twitter to share the exciting news with her followers but the responses were not so great.

Many social media users felt the doll was not a true representation of an African woman and criticised it for looking too Asian.

Still, others defended the doll, claiming it's always difficult to capture a person's likeness. Check out some of the comments below:

@Inenekazi1 said:

"But the eyes... say the doll was made in China."

@SwitInno said:

"Looks nothing like Zozi."

@InternCleaner said:

"Doesn't look like her... no no no."

@DineoLaNgwane said:

"So the doll was supposed to be exactly like her? Yhu ama expert mara."

@bangi_yes defended the doll manufacturers:

"Can anyone provide any previous proof of dolls looking exactly like who they are intended to look? Growing up with action figures, I've never seen a doll that looks like the person. What exactly are people expecting here? Picture perfect DNA duplicate of Zozi?"

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