At her press conference, the 24-year-old addressed the negative comments she received for her decision to join the pageant. "Sometimes I wonder if going was the right choice."
Miss South Africa also told the press about how she had been concerned about her family throughout this process
She also told us when she arrived at the OR Tambo airport she had hundreds of supporters and also non supporters shouting "Free Palestine "
It has also been said that the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture withdrew its support and funding to Miss South Africa because the had failed to convince the organization to withdraw from the pageant
"It is difficult to get the organizers of the Miss SA Convention to reconsider their decision to attend the Miss Universe Event" stated the department officials.
With eyes full of tears Lalela said it was "suffering" and "extremely disappointing" when the official statement was first published. "I was angry because I didn't know what I was doing wrong," she said with an emotional determination.
"I don't understand people and I don't understand what I did to deserve that kind of treatment. You don't have to be with me, but you shouldn't oppose me. You definitely don't have to die with me because I made up my mind. I have never started the war. It's much bigger than me. All I did was chase my dreams." Said the beauty Miss SA
I remembered the deadly threat posed by those who choked on the way and resisted their opposition
I have a relentless spirit and this will serve me well in my position as Miss South Africa," she said, adding: "Because I feel like I have a sense of being fearless. For instance I'm crying now, but I just think it's human. I'm a human, after all, I've got emotions, but I'm so steadfast. I feel like, as a leader, you need to be able to stand for something, even if it means standing alone or with very few people."
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