- Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, took to social media to heap praise on Amy Kleinhans-Curd
- Mbalula revealed that the former Miss South Africa winner is his hero for refusing to carry the old South African flag
- Her protest was recognised by Nelson Mandela at the time and social media users shared their admiration for her show of protest
South Africa can never be separated from politics and the world of pageantry was no different.
Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, took to social media to heap praise on Amy Kleinhans-Curd on Tuesday.
This was in response to a tweet shared by Yonela Diko (@yonela_diko), which commended the former Miss SA 1992 winner.
Kleinhans-Curd became the first non-white woman to win the coveted event and subsequently represented the nation at the Miss World competition in the same year.
During the event, Kleinhans-Curd refused to carry the old South African flag, which represented the apartheid government.
Instead, she opted to carry a white flag as a symbol of peace.
Briefly.co.za understands that former President Nelson Mandela called Kleinhans-Curd after the final to thank her for the show of protest.
A few tweeps shared a different perspective, but it soon became apparent that some misunderstood the details.
For the most part, tweeps joined Mbaks in saluting Amy for taking a stand.
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