Monday, September 24, 2012

The great Miss SA 'sham'

Article from City Press Newspaper via News 24

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.

Article from: News 24

Well, well, well... It's definitely NOT the first time that it has been rumored that Sonia Raciti selects Miss South Africa, just like Julia Morley is rumored to be the one selecting Miss World. I find it absolutely sad and if this is really the case, then it is easy to understand why the Miss SA Pageant has gone downhill and the people of South Africa have lost interest in the pageant. Sun International should definitely make the selection process more transparent. As for Ms. Raciti, I hope she will ensure that the pageant is free and fair. They have a GREAT group of girls this year and she should do everything she can to make sure that the BEST and MOST BEAUTIFUL girl wins if she wants to really do well at the international pageants. If that girl is really Dhesha Jeram, then fine but we should see the score sheets. Where there is smoke, there is usually fire. Sun International should definitely start stepping it up if they want to see the Miss SA Pageant gain more popularity again!!!


  1. Its actually laughable when Sonia Raciti says the use an auditing firm as if that has stopped her before from doing exactly the same thing.
    its unethical what they r doing.

  2. It's already too late!!!

  3. Why is there even surprise?!?! That was the case in the selection of Miss SA 2011- Melinda Bam! It was a given from day 1 that she was going to win, even on the day of the pageant the other contestants weren't in the least bit surprised! It is rumoured that she was also personally called to enter! How else would one explain how a girl who posed for FHM still win, when your reputation as Miss South Africa should be spotless?!?! Such double standards it is actually Ridiculous and on another level of disgusting!!!!!