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2010-12-17 11:08
How do you define a lie? Is forgetting to mention a vital piece of information just as bad as, say, telling a bald-faced untruth?
That's the question the folks at Sun International are probably asking themselves round about now after details emerged that their newly-crowned Miss SA 2010, Bokang Montjane, was stripped of a previous beauty title.

The story hit the papers the day after the Limpopo lass won the title. And the gist of the skandaal goes like this: In 2007 Bokang won Miss Earth South Africa. In that same year she was forced to hand back the title and sash due to not fulfilling the duties of being a Miss Earth South Africa. What exactly happened remains to be seen and no doubt some publication will soon unearth (so to speak!) all the juicy details.
But what excites me just the teensiest little bit is that there are juicy details. Let's face it folks, Miss SA isn't exactly your average headline-grabbing heroine of celebville. Don't get me wrong though: she's pretty, she's elegant and she can wax lyrical about "world peace".

World peace. That, my friends, is the problem. The pageant is a little too 'world peace' and not enough 'reality TV' for the average South African to connect to. Not when we have Kim Kardashian on our shores. Not when Survivor has perfected the art of public backstabbery. Not when Khanyi Mbau is a-lurking.
Sad to say it but when last did you get genuinely excited about a winner? Me? Cindy Nell. That was eight years ago. Long time. I’ve liked most of the girls who've won since Cinders (and believe me , I know them all!) and while they're gorgeously pretty and full of big dreams like changing the country, tackling crime, educating people about HIV (and, er, world peace…) it doesn't make for magazine covers like it used to 20 years ago.

These days, there’s always someone from 7de Laan and someone from Generations on the cover of just about every magazine out there. Fine and dandy. We need our stars. But what about poor ol' Miss SA? Doesn't she sell magazines anymore? Or is it a case of, to quote a friend, "I've met doorknobs who're more exciting". Ouch! That's a harsh crit. But she ain't entirely wrong. As Bokang pointed out, Miss SA does lots of stuff during the year. We just don't hear about it because The Media doesn't cover it. It's a vicious cycle. You could argue that The Media doesn't cover Miss SA anymore because the general public have lost interest, but how will the general public gain interest if she's so far out the limelight she's practically Monica Lewinsky (remember her?).
Skandaal, my friends. That'll do it. Anything really will be fine: a teenage pregnancy, getting a little tanked at the Durban July, a catfight with a predecessor. Just please - no more world peace.
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