Miss SA officials forced to debunk rumours Ntando Kunene has been arrested for smuggling cocaine

By Shanaaz Prince
21 February 2017

According to the dodgy "news" report, the reigning Miss South Africa had been arrested at London’s Heathrow airport, carrying 2 kg of cocaine.

Fake news alert! SA social media went into overdrive on Tuesday evening after reports emerged from the UK claiming Ntandoyenkosi Kunene had been arrested for trying to smuggle drugs. But it's all a load of hogwash, Sun International PR manager and a former Miss South Africa, Claudia Henkel says.

“We chose at first to ignore the reports because we believed that people would realise that it was from a fake site.

“However, in light of the fact that we have had queries from legitimate media outlets we would like to set the record straight.

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“Ntando has not been arrested and she has not been caught with any drugs in her possession. She is currently in South Africa and is not in London; in fact she has never been there,” she said. The fakes sources allege that Ntando tried to smuggle the cocaine inside two bags of coffee, which she was carrying in her two suitcases, but was caught after customs and border protection officers who searched her bags. Ntando herself also addressed the bizarre rumours -- albeit more subtly. The Joburg beauty took to Instagram to post the image below. Clearly she’s been at home, feet up and enjoying some well-deserved R & R.

Snacks + Tea + TV = Happiness #AboutToday #MissSA2016 #SunInternational #CellC

A post shared by Ntandoyenkosi Kunene (@kunene_ntando) on

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