President Jacob Zuma has congratulated the reigning
Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, on being
crowned Miss Universe 2017 at the beauty pageant held
recently in Las Vegas in the United States of America.
Ms Nel-Peters became only the second South African to
win the title after Margaret Gardiner won the title in
1978. She competed against 91 contestants from around
the globe, the biggest number of entrants in the history
of the competition.
"Our nation is immensely proud of Ms Leigh for this
tremendous achievement. She has hoisted the South
African flag higher and continues to inspire many young
women who look up to her, to reach even higher for their
dreams. We congratulate her most heartily and wish her
all the best during her reign, which is South Africa's
reign," said President Zuma.
Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, 22, edged out her rivals from
Colombia and Jamaica to take the crown.
Nel-Peters, a graduate in Business Management, said her
disabled half-sister was among her great inspirations.