The great Miss SA 'sham'

2012-09-23 17:00
Gabisile Ndebele, City Press
Johannesburg - It’s not all toothpaste smiles and world peace in the Miss South Africa 2012 camp.

Rumour has it that the new celebrity preliminary judges are upset by principal judge Sonia Raciti’s display of favouritism.

Highveld Stereo’s Anele Mdoda, actress Sonia Sedibe and sports commentator Robert Marawa were apparently left gobsmacked when Raciti emphatically told them “we are making Dhesha Jeram Miss SA this year”.

According to a source at Sun International, the company that owns the pageant, Marawa, Sedibe and Mdoda are “not pleased with the way the principal judge constantly muttered and pushed for Dhesha”.

“They are livid, they feel they have wasted time sitting through the regionals and workshops judging the girls, only to discover the company already has their winner,” said the source.

City Press has learned that Jeram, who was first princess to Bokang Montjane in 2010, was personally called to audition for the pageant by Raciti – with a promise that she would be the one to wear the sash and crown next.

Another source who was present at some of the pageant workshops says Raciti “constantly punted the girl even when she was not the best of the bunch”.

“There was a day when Dhesha came to the workshop wearing a dreary red dress and Raciti kept saying things like ‘oh you will see her, she is the one, she is Miss SA quality’.

She even went as far as saying ‘Dhesha should win’,” said the source.

But Raciti rubbished the allegations, saying the company used the auditing firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers to tally the scores based on what the judges had written on their score sheets.

“I hope the other judges are not upset by this. I have no influence on the judging at all. I am equal to all the judges and whatever they score is their decision,” she said.

“I am merely there to guide the judges. They don’t even have to listen to me.”

Sedibe referred all queries to Sun International, while Mdoda had still not replied to City Press by the time of going to press.


  • sifiso.bande - 2012-09-23 13:15


      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-23 17:27

      Is there anyone out there who did not know that these competitions are a farce?

      jason.children - 2012-09-24 11:41

      Is there still a Miss SA pageant???? Wow i thought that shallow BS went out with the ARK!

      preshen.govender.90 - 2012-09-24 11:56

      It’s not like their good looks is going to end the war in the middle east

      nina.ignjatov - 2012-09-24 12:02

      This is nothing new !!!! That is why I do not watch the pageants, it's all set up!!!

      tw2066 - 2012-09-25 06:17

      Come on - surely everyone must have realised... we go round the race groups and make everyone happy... our littlr princesses, mirroring the racial demographics... There is no such thing as merit in South AFrica anymore.. And some people missed that fact????? Ok...

      mattewis.kat - 2012-09-25 08:10

      @neo.mononela It's only NOT racist when it's called BEE & AA? Now that is what is really disappointing! @alicia Correction: the IQ of meat on display because they make them talk! Shame, how cruel! Teasers have more meat on display without the added cruelty of forcing them to say what's (not) on their minds!

      bollie.bol.71 - 2012-09-26 09:06

      I like the Miss Diepkloof peagent better, much better

      tuco.angeleyes - 2012-09-26 10:14

      So you mean to tell me there are still people who believe there's any amount of transparency in these beauty pagents?

      mike.dufham.7 - 2012-09-26 15:51

      They all stink, so what?

      yaya.mavundla - 2012-09-30 21:57

      I dont blv this!!!

  • clara.viljee - 2012-09-23 18:08

    Any competition, event, whatever where there is no corruption?

  • Hazel Senkge - 2012-09-23 18:18

    this is jst a shame,everything is corrupt in SA

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-23 18:58

      Hazel, its worldwide. Just look how many time the "home" girl has won in the last 20 years...

  • david.w.bakker - 2012-09-23 19:47

    Why don't some of the finalists and semi finalist comment on this allegation. You all will be shocked to know that alomost every Miss SA, it's allready being decided beforehand. One former Miss SA had forgotten to enter before the closing date but the judges let it slide and all the while during the semi' amd finals all th judges where pushing for her.

      hugh.robinson.56 - 2012-09-23 21:33

      As a designer of pageant wear having heard all the stories and opinions I have been aware for some time that decisions are sealed well before time made on skin, hair, height, boody mass and eye colour of pageant winners. One can put it down to jealousy or being bitchy but sometimes you are made to think why certain women are chosen above others.In SA we always seem have to have the national demographic rules applied even if the only few 'worthy' could scare a hungry dog from a meat wagon.

  • mwethu - 2012-09-23 21:24

    If this contest is to be considered fair and without any hint of corruption going forward, this person , Raciti, should recuse themselves from judging any facet of the competition. He/she has clearly failed to comply with long set expected behaviour from fair and just judges for such activities.

  • vernon12345 - 2012-09-23 23:22

    Sounds like matching fixing to me. Any seen out cricket players

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-09-24 07:16

    If anyone can help fix the ongoing problems of rigging in these contests, it will be the sponsors. As we saw with Cricket South Africa, when the sponsors pulled out, the board very quickly acted to root out some corruption and tried to clean up the sport and its image.

  • sarel.henn - 2012-09-24 07:56

    Interesting. I stringly dissagree with this article. I believe Sonia is the best priciple judge in a long time. This is purely again the believes of jusges not getting what they want and / or a girl who might think she has the quality to become Miss SA and miss the cut off for the 32 semi finalsits. I would like for the reporter to go look at the 32 semi finalists and then go have this same interview with the 3 celeb judges. Desha not the only top 12 finalist that came back this year, Natasha Kashimoto, who I persoanlly believe is the strongest will be a good choice. Unfortunately the Western Cape entered a very strong and competative group and the the rest of the SA Power houes cities are scares that the crown migh end up in Cape Town

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-09-25 14:50

      First time ever Miss SA with no front teeth

  • adrian.boulle - 2012-09-24 08:41

    All these contests are rigged.......lookat the current Idols contest. They have selected the winner already!

      sithembiso.bhengu - 2012-09-24 17:21

      just an information seeking question: what (where and who) is a sham regarding the Idols 2012 contest?

      jimi.vanderwesthuizen - 2012-09-24 18:43

      The white population can't afford DSTV anymore. I think Idols must be shown on SABC.

      salee.sithwell - 2012-09-25 13:20

      At least this year's idol can sing :-/

  • stirer.kathray - 2012-09-24 08:46

    This says it all: "I am merely there to guide the Judges".

  • sunith.varkey - 2012-09-24 08:58

    If this Dhesha Jeram is the one in the pic then maybe she should win.... #pretty

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-09-26 10:37

      Have you seen the other girls?

  • meganarlenepark - 2012-09-24 10:11

    why cant we have fair comps. this is disgusting........get rid of the crocked bloody judges............

  • lunga.biyela.5 - 2012-09-24 14:48

    Damn! Have you seen the Dhesha girl? MAKE HER MISS SA ASAP!!! HOT!!

      DraganTrenk - 2012-09-24 18:20

      Please,visit OPTOMETRIST!

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-09-24 14:54

    I don't care if there were 6 black judges the race does not matter,nor does it bother me, what bothers me one can never believe anything that happens in South Africa any longer unless you witness it yourself. Competitions on cereal boxes or in magazines. How do we know they are entered into a geniune draw?

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-24 16:54

    Just a farce same as Idols....I dont watch any south african reality programmes for this reason. Why are people not judged on true talent not colour why not a natural beauty not on colour. Even our sports have become a put off because they are forced to put numbers of colours in. Talent, Ability and natural beauty. Corruption lurks in all corridors.

      gbashele - 2012-09-26 18:04

      Hashim Amla, Gibbs, Ntini, Philander, Habana, Chester etc. etc. etc. - all products of quotas (due to involuntary inclusion of players of colour). They (and the rest of the cricket/rugby WORLD) would take great exception for being called "not true talent" merely by being quota players.

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-09-24 18:42

    The same as everything else in thei place. What's different?

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-09-24 19:04

    Ay some comments make me laugh thanks guys.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-09-24 19:07

    Cmon people its just entertainment,its tv at its best thats why you all watch the crap.Viva national geographic and animal planet.

      david.w.bakker - 2012-09-25 17:37

      Don't you think that people watch it for entertainment of course they do. People would like to believe that the competion not decided beforehand or the contestant is head hunted. The whole process is then a sham, don't you think.

  • Blackpoison - 2012-09-25 08:21

    Doesn't this happen in most beauty pageants? From kids right through to the largest pageants...

  • field.wela - 2012-09-25 09:33

    Why is the no Beauty contest in Diepsloot? -No one wants to be known as Miss Diepsloot!

  • patsy.smith.125 - 2012-09-25 09:36

    The Lotto is also overseen by a big reputable firm, BUT.......? A shame to see there's corruption even in this beauty competition.

  • ARES187 - 2012-09-25 09:36

    30 comments and counting for an article that has not political, economic and social bearing!

  • riotousr - 2012-09-25 10:07

    Cow parade

  • richy.rex.77 - 2012-09-25 11:21

    Who to blame this time? Apartheid? Yaa great answer

  • michael.awood.313 - 2012-09-25 11:37

    and the saga continues........

  • jan.plank.35 - 2012-09-25 13:02

    Where there are cats, there will be cats fights.

  • Greg - 2012-09-25 13:27

    This is just a cattle show and a joke.

  • John - 2012-09-25 14:24

    I personally despise these type of contests and beauty pageants. They are shallow, false and promote the idea to the youth that looks alone are all that matter. It is shallow, and adds ZERO value to society at large!

  • vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2012-09-25 14:30

    All is setup these, music and film awards, Idols to mention a few. Ignore these events otherwise you stay heartbroken the rest of your life!

      vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2012-09-25 14:30

      ..and the miserable and boring show Big Brother Afrika

  • seanne.koopman - 2012-09-25 15:17

    She is pretty though.. shame

  • trevor.vermaak.3 - 2012-09-25 15:35

    Come on,who cares anyway,its not as if she is going to cure cancer....we dnt really care who is and who is not.

  • roodbol - 2012-09-26 07:43

    Is the pageant BBE compliant? By the looks of the judges I don't think so!

  • - 2012-09-26 09:14

    Miss SA has been a sham since the 90s. No surprise. Also @Neo, Racist to have 3 black judges, or no "full representation of the country" on the judges panel? You tell me.

  • petra.godfrey3 - 2012-09-26 10:46


      gbashele - 2012-09-26 18:10

      "ALL THE BLACK PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY"? Really. All of us? Omniscient you are, it seems. With all due respect to your comment ma'am - BOOOOOO!

  • wilma.botts - 2012-09-26 12:08

    Its time all this rubbish compitions were done away with from singing to dancing to suppose to be Miss sa all are farces to reap money from sponsors bloody load of c******

  • tumo.mokone - 2012-09-26 15:02

    who cares; it has been a sham from day 1

  • lorna.davids.58 - 2012-09-27 01:11

    I think the competition should be fair. Previously there used to be a clause that a girl could not enter the competition more then once after reaching the second stage. Sonia Raciti is a racist and should be dismissed. She is the very reason South Africa is ruled by corruption. In fact, if her manner is anything to go by, she is most probably friends with Dhesha's very rich parents.

  • lorna.davids.58 - 2012-09-27 01:14

    I think the competition should be fair. If this girl has the petential and brains then she would not need to be favoured. It's a good thing the other judges are turning it into a media circus. Sonia Racitti must resign. She probably drinks tea with Dhesha's very rich parents, which would explain her manner.

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