Mandla Mandela calls to boycott Miss Universe 2021 held in Israel

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  • Mandla Mandela calls on African countries to boycott the Miss Universe competition, to be held in Israel in December. 
  • Newly crowned Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane has been announced as this year's Miss Universe representative.
  • "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," said a statement released by Mvezo Komkhulu (The Great Place).

Former president Nelson Mandela's grandson, Inkosi Zwelivelile Mandla Mandela, has called on African countries to boycott the Miss Universe competition, to be held in Israel in December

24-year-old Lalela Mswane was crowned Miss South Africa 2021 on Saturday at Grand Arena, GrandWest in Cape Town, and has been announced as this year's Miss Universe representative

"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," said a statement released by Mvezo Komkhulu (The Great Place).

"Daily Apartheid Israel violates the fundamental human rights of the Palestinian people and commits crimes against humanity," the statement said further.

Israel is an Apartheid State and persists in its heinous occupation and expansion of its illegal settlements in violation of international law. We must persist in isolating Apartheid Israel in the same way that we isolated Apartheid South Africa.

"We call on all African countries to withdraw from the Miss Universe pageant in Apartheid Israel in protest at its observer status granted unilaterally by the AU Commissioner.

"Decisive action by Miss Malaysia and Miss Indonesia has now set the trend and we call on all the Miss Universe participants from all over the world to send us letters announcing their withdrawal and disassociating from an event that normalises the Apartheid Israel daily killing, bulldozing of homes and orchards and maiming young and innocent children," it went on to say. 

According to press statements, MalaysiaBarbados and Laos have declined to compete in this year's event due to Covid-19 hindering local pageants from taking place and "limited international and domestic travel". 

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