The Miss SA website released a statement on Wednesday after the hashtag #BiancaMustFall went viral.
This comes after old Tweets from 7 years ago was posted on the platform to discredit Miss SA applicant, Bianca Schoombee.
See the statement from Miss SA below:
“There is good governance in place to ensure that Miss South Africa finalists and semi-finalists align with our values.
Our rules state that any semi-finalist or finalist may not have been involved in any unsavoury or unethical incidents or conduct that may bring the organisers or the Miss South Africa pageant into disrepute.
Unsavoury or unethical conduct includes, but is not limited to, bribery, racism, sexism, slander or libel.”Miss SA
A Twitter account allegedly run by the EFF made a Tweet go viral to further discredit the Miss SA applicant.
Bianca said she’s ready to be #MissSA2020 & Black Twitter went back as far as 2013 just to prove that once tweeted racists tweets & she’s been body shaming others therefore #BiancaMustFall hai this App. #MissSA2020 #Bianca #BiancaSchoombee pic.twitter.com/9rKJ6CC7sD— Man’s NOT Barry Roux (@AdvoBarryRoux) May 20, 2020
The EFF was quick to respond afterwards:
I don’t forgive you. Go get your forgiveness from De Klerk & the Springbok! Your racism has nothing to do with individuals. Its a system of white privileged that made you & will always make you racist. Unless such a system is destroyed you can’t help, but will always be racist! https://t.co/C8qSK2pd2P— Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (@MbuyiseniNdlozi) May 20, 2020
Schoombee apologized on Twitter:
Schoombee, meanwhile withdrawn from the Miss SA competition.
“This decision will allow me to reconcile with the consequences of who I was then and who I have become – an effective citizen in my country,” Schoombee says.