Last updated on Jan 29th, 2021 at 01:59 pm
Miss South Africa officials recently revealed a new look and feel for the 2020 pageant that would see judges using an online selection process amid COVID-19 fears.
But one person who didn’t seem too excited about the buzz around the pageant was Penny Lebyane.
While she didn’t comment on the latest developments, she made it clear that Miss SA 1993 Jacqui Mofokeng was the only beauty queen that mattered.
“The only #MissSA I recognise actually l have decided… go argue with your local pageant winners…#JackyMofokeng1stBlackMissSA,” she tweeted.
— PennyLebyane💚AppRadioMama (@PennyLebyane) May 12, 2020
While the radio personality was not shading the pageant or its beauty queens, many took offence at her tweet.
One of those who voiced their opinion was actress Florence Masebe. She told Penny that Jacky paved the way for many black pageant queens in the pageant industry.
“I think Palesa would want to see us recognising the black women who wore that sash after her. She might not want us erasing their place in history in honouring her story. She paved the way, went through the most. She made the dream possible for the ones who came after her,” Florence replied.
Many Twitter users agreed with Flo.
“Celebrate her yes. Recognise her yes. But do it all without disregarding other #MissSA after her. Did you know you can applaud a bright candle without putting other candles off?” one user told Penny.
👌👌👌 One can easily celebrate another person’s achievements, without diminishing other people’s achievements in the process.
— Nontuthuko Mbatha (@MadameDeLioness) May 12, 2020
But some were less kind, labelling Penny “immature” for making the comments.
“Penny tweets like a 10-year-old. [Whether] she recognises them or not doesn’t mean #&i*,” one wrote.
Another added: “So disappointing coming from you… A public figure and role model to the young girls disrespecting and undermining fellow women like that. Come 9th of August, we shall remind you.”
You’re proof enough that light travels faster than sound! Someone appearing bright until you hear them speak… pic.twitter.com/IioKF2sadJ
— #OrganicIntellectual (#MSAG) (@CommanderT4) May 13, 2020