- EFF Secretary General, Godrich Gardee, has sent a letter to Miss South Africa pageant organisers, accusing them of “racism”
- According to Gardee, the pageant is one that directly discriminates against black service providers
- Miss SA has assured that they have attempted to ensure a diverse group of top 16 contestants for 2019
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has recently come out in direct opposition to popular pageant event, Miss South Africa.
The party’s Secretary General, Godrich Gardee, sent a letter to the organisers of the event, calling them out for being a “racist” platform that is used “to promote whiteness”, Sunday World reported.
Gardee apparently sent a list of questions to the Miss SA organisers, quizzing them on who their sponsors are and how they are attempting to increase black participation and interest in the pageant, when it comes to service providers.
Briefly.co.za found out that the red beret Secretary General also posed the following question:
If Miss South Africa is a platform to promote white people and discriminate against black service providers, why should it be called Miss South Africa?”
Miss SA Managing Director, Stephanie Weil, told Sunday World that the majority of the pageant’s service providers strictly follow BEE guidelines, The Citizen reported.
Weil went on to point out that the Miss SA organisers had also put in extra effort to make sure that this year’s group of top 16 contestants were of a diverse nature.
On top of a focus on racial diversity, the 2019 edition of Miss SA has gotten props for including an openly gay contestant for the first time ever.
The organisers for Miss SA have yet to release an official response to the EFF’s flurry of questions and accusations.
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