Beauty pageant speaks out against abuse

2019-03-21 06:00
<Commonwealth Pageants Mrs Universe SA finalist Feerouza Kruger together with her husband Naseer and daughters Aleeza (2) and Safia (9).Photo:SUPPLIED

<Commonwealth Pageants Mrs Universe SA finalist Feerouza Kruger together with her husband Naseer and daughters Aleeza (2) and Safia (9).Photo:SUPPLIED

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A former resident from Uitenhage, who nowadays lives in Cape Town, is a Commonwealth Pageant Mrs Universe South Africa finalist.

Feerouza Kruger (37) is a qualified accountant and tax practitioner, but volunteerism and charitable work are her passion. The latter include being a board member of St Luke’s Hospice and she serves on the executive committee of the Summer Greens Neighbourhood Watch.

“I have always been someone who likes to be involved in my community. After our home was broken into, I joined the neighbourhood watch, as I felt I have to help make a difference in keeping our area safe for our children,” said Feerouza, a mother of two daughters.

Her husband, Naseer Kruger, shares her passion of involvement and also serves on the neighbourhood watch.

It is especially women and child abuse which has always been a pet hate of Feerouza.

“Maybe it is because I grew up in an era where women did not speak up about being abused. Though it is more spoken about these days, there still are too many women and children who are abused daily.

“A child is raped every 3 minutes and that is a terrible statistic. We need to do whatever we can to protect the women and children of our world,” said Feerouza.

Therefore she has chosen Matla A Bana, which provides counselling rooms and comfort packs to abused children, as the charity that she will be supporting as a Commonwealth Pageant Mrs Universe South Africa.

“I am hoping to provide as many comfort packs and counselling rooms as possible during my journey and hope to raise awareness of these heinous crimes,” said Feerouza.

Hometown memories

“Uitenhage will always be my home town. A lot has changed, but one thing that will always remain is the good people that live there,” said Feerouza.

Feerouza’s mother Arwatief Jappie still resides in Uitenhage. So does her sister, Sakeena Muller as well as many other family members. Feerouza matriculated 20 years ago at Uitenhage High School.

As a Muslim female she dresses modestly and generally beauty pageants are not seen as something Muslim women would take part in as most have a swimwear section.

“The organisers allowed me to wear a burkini and cover up. In that way I will be representing Muslim women and showing the world that modesty is beautiful too.”

  • Anyone interested in following Feerouza Kruger’s journey can follow her on Facebook or contact her at fkruger.mrsuniversesa19finalist@gmail.com
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