Looking forward to attending Miss Universe, last week she wrote: “There is a stirring in my soul; a restless, a wild anticipation. I am staring out into the horizon as far as I can.”In response she was bombarded with messages bearing the hashtags “NotMyMissSouthAfrica”, “freepalestine” and “boycottisrael”.One Twitter user wrote: “Shame on you Miss SA for supporting an apartheid state.” Another said: “You are not deserving of the crown, and you don’t represent South Africa.”The campaign against Ms Mswane has been led by Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla Mandela.After she won the Miss South Africa title last month, he called for her to boycott the competition in Eilat, saying in a statement: “Israel is an apartheid state and we will continue to mobilise all freedom loving people of the world to boycott, divest and pass sanctions against the brutal apartheid regime.” . . .
Ms Weill [chief executive of the Miss South Africa organisation] added: “Things have got to a point where it is quite literally harassment against Lalela. I think she’s incredibly scared of the threats that people are making against her, versus feeling supported, which at the end of the day she should feel. . . .
Ms Mswane is a former professional ballet dancer and a qualified lawyer. She has spoken of being bullied as a child and has vowed not to be bullied by the boycotters now. . . .
The Board’s national director, Wendy Kahn, accused the boycotters of “aggressive, in-your-face-bullying and harassment” who have conducted a “relentless… campaign [against Lalela] for declining to buckle down to their demand that she withdraw from the upcoming Miss Universe pageant in Eilat”.
The boycotters, the Board statement said, had trolled and maligned [Lalela] on social media and “even threatened to protest outside her home”. (Emphases added.)
— Lalela Mswane (@Lalela_lali) November 2, 2021