Miss South Africa introduced a new element to their pageant this year – the public will be able to vote for the ‘crowd favourite’ to make the Top 10 – but they will have to pay for it

Announcing the news this week, the pageant revealed that for R20, members of the public would be able to vote for their favourite semi-finalist via the Miss SA website, Computicket or through the money market counter at any Checkers,Shoprite or Usave stores.

The voting officially opened on Thursday 25 June and will close on 16 July at 23:00.

The Top 10 would then be announced at the end of July.

But the news has not gone down well with social media users, who’ve complained about the ‘hefty’ price tag of having their voices heard.

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Anele Mdoda reminded the public that although the pageant judges – comprised of herself and former Miss South
Africa title holders Bokang Montjane-Tshabalala, Liesl Laurie and Adè van Heerden – would ultimately pick 9/10 finalists, the open spot would be left for them to decide upon.

Tweeps responded in anger, slamming the organisation for making the process so ‘expensive’ in a time when pockets were running dry.

See what they had to say….

Some even hailed it a ‘money making scheme’…

Miss SA has claimed that the funds raised would go towards the “upskilling, empowerment and training of the Top 10”.