Miss South Africa, Sasha-Lee Olivier. Picture: Supplied.
Miss South Africa, Sasha-Lee Olivier. Picture: Supplied.

Mzansi unhappy with Miss SA's voting process

By lifestyle reporter Time of article published Jun 26, 2020

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Miss South Africa 2020 voting poll is open but the South African public is not happy with it.

Following the top 15 announcements on Wednesday night, CEO of the pageant, Stephanie Weil, said that the public can vote for their favourite contestants.

“The public will now be able to vote for their favourite semi-finalists and determine who moves forward to the next round as a Top 10 finalist. Voting for Miss South Africa opens on Thursday, June 25, at 9am and closes on July 16 at 11pm. The public votes will be audited along with the judges’ votes, and the Top 10 will be selected from here and announced at the end of July,” said Weil.

She added: “The public’s vote will be the equivalent of that of a fifth judge. For any contestant to progress, it will have to win the hearts of three of the five judges with the public as the fifth judge. This allows the Miss South Africa Organisation to engage the public in electing its representative while also utilising the other judges voting power to act as “checks and balances” to prevent any contestant from being unfairly advantaged strictly as a result of the voting power. A contestant’s social media following will not be considered with regards to votes.”

Voting starts from R20 for 4 votes; R50 for 12 votes (two free votes) and R100 for 25 votes (five free votes) and that is why the public is not happy. They have deemed it as “expensive” considering the current economic situation.

Media personality, Sizwe Dhlomo also weighed in on the matter and said “Animeni ke (wait a minute) guys... What does Miss SA mean when they say people must vote ngemali (with money) ? In this economy?"

Others also joined the conversation and suggested that the contestants will be voted for by their family members.  

This then brings into question the fairness of the whole process as it means that some candidates could be at a disadvantage.

In a follow up post, the Miss SA organisers clarified that the funds would be for "upskilling, empowerment, and training of the Top 10" and a portion of it going to the  Miss South Africa Foundation.

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