‘Hypocrisy!’: SA demands apology to Lalela after Cyril shows Israel support

South African tweeps are demanding that government issue Miss SA Lalela Mswane an apology after branding them “hypocrites”.

This, after the Twitter account for the presidency tweeted a picture of Cyril Ramaphosa meeting with an Israeli ambassador.

Last year, Lalela was put under pressure to withdraw from the Miss Universe pageant, which took place in Eilat, Israel in December.

Human rights and pro-Palestinian activists argued that the beauty queen was supporting an “apartheid state” by visiting Israel. Government also officially withdrew their support to Lalela, claiming the Miss SA organisation “disregarded advice” not to go ahead.

CYRIL MEETS WITH ISRAELI AMBASSADOR

In a tweet posted on tuesday, 25 January, the office of the presidency posted about Cyril Ramaphosa meeting with the Israeli ambassador

The president received a letter of credence – a formal introduction for the mission-delegate to serve in diplomatic missions in South Africa – from Israeli ambassador Eliav Belotsercovsky.

His Excellency President @CyrilRamaphosa receives Letter of Credence from the Ambassador of the State of Israel, His Excellency Mr Eliav Belotsercovsky, on the occasion of the Credentials Ceremony at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Tshwane #BetterAfricaBetterWorld pic.twitter.com/004OS2kbGX

— Presidency | South Africa (@PresidencyZA) January 25, 2022

According to the SABC, 13 foreign ambassadors, including Israel, have vowed to improve relations with South Africa during their stay in the country.

Eliav Belotsercovsky said of his new role: “There is so much we can do together in the field of science, technology, education and training. One example of such cooperation from both countries had worked during COVID-19. We have been working together using Israeli methods to empower young women on leadership and self-development.

“On food security, we have been using Israeli plans and technologies to create vegetable gardens in schools. An Israeli NGO and Vision Africa have already connected hundreds of South Africans from rural areas of Limpopo to running water using Israeli technologies and expertise.”

TWEEPS DEMAND APOLOGY TO LALELA

Following the credentials ceremony, Twitter was rocked by South African tweeps calling out the government for “hypocrisy”.

This, after the department of arts and culture last year distanced itself from Lalela and Miss SA after condemning “the atrocities committed by Israel against Palestinians”.

“Government, as the legitimate representative of the people of South Africa, cannot in good conscience associate itself with such,” the government said in a statement in November.

“Where are those ‘I Stand With Palestine’ Ramaphosa fools who were attacking Lalela Mswane?”

“So Lalela was eating alive for nothing. Where is the same energy for those who were calling her to be isolated?”

“The very same government who told Lalela not to go to Israel? Look at him, beaming with a smile, welcoming Israeli diplomats. Some of us did say they were just grandstanding, as always”

Twitter

Where are those “IStandWithPalestine” Ramaphosa fools who were attacking Lalela Mswane? https://t.co/IZSscE5AEy

— Dr Hughes (@TheRealPro7) January 25, 2022

The very same government who told Lalela not to go to Israel? Look at him, beaming with smile, welcoming Israeli diplomats. Some of us did say they were just grandstanding, as always

— Bruno (@Bruno_Mzeh) January 25, 2022

Tweeps insisted that Lalela – who went ahead with participating at the Miss Universe pageant, where she placed 3rd – deserved an official apology.

“If you know that you were one of the spawns of Satan who cussed, threatened and bullied Miss SA @Lalela_lali Stand up, admit and apologize. I agree as well that the government owes Miss SA a massive apology for disowning her and then doing this crap”

“We owe @Lalela_lali an apology. Those of you that stood by her we apologise to you also. @CyrilRamaphosa is a hypocrite”

“Didn’t @NathiMthethwaSA shun @Official_MissSA for participating in Miss Universe hosted in Israel? Where is that brigade now? Lalela deserves an apology!”

Twitter

If you know that you were one of the spawns of Satan who cussed, threatened and Bullied Miss SA @Lalela_lali
Stand up, admit gore o moloi and apologize.
I agree as well that government owes Miss SA a massive apology for disowning her and then doing this crap. https://t.co/NrsDZmXggb

— Tsitsi (@I_am_MsMathole) January 25, 2022

We owe @Lalela_lali an apology. Those of you that stood by her we apologise to you also. @CyrilRamaphosa is a hypocrite. #VoetsekANC

— Vuyani maduna (@maduna_vuyani) January 26, 2022

But didn’t @NathiMthethwaSA shun @Official_MissSA for participating in Miss Universe hosted in Israel? Where is that brigade now? Lalela deserves an apology! https://t.co/Uda5xrZFiS

— Cllr Sakhile Mngadi (@Sakhilemngadi) January 26, 2022

Others praised Lalela for remaining true to herself and her dreams.

“Lalela is the most courageous Miss SA of all”, said one tweep

Here is to the Miss SA organisation and Lalela for not bowing down to hypocrisy.#Lalela

— Mosadi (@BohlaleThuto) January 25, 2022

Lalela is the most courageous Miss SA of all.

— Diamonds. (@Philile01) January 25, 2022

The most brave woman of our generation, she chose to Lalela her guts, not our government & I am proud of your decision because what we are seeing on news today was going to break you beyond had you Lalela them. You are indeed our reigning Queen keep smiling & shining @Lalela_lali https://t.co/2pzCsvLICe

— Xolani Khumalo The Brand (@Xolani_khumalo_) January 25, 2022

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