Ever since she took the crown for Miss South Africa, she has been on everyone's lips. Miss SA Zozibini Tunzi received a heart-warming welcome to her hometown province of Eastern Cape this past weekend. The newly crowned pageant winner made the trip back to her village in Sidwadweni, Eastern Cape on Sunday as part of her decision to partake in a traditional ceremony to 'thank' her ancestors for her win and there is no better love to get than the one from your family and loved ones.
Zozibini was met at Mthatha's airport by hundreds of fans and was formally welcomed by dignitaries King Sabata Dalindyebo, several local district mayors, traditional leaders and praise poet Zolani Mkiva.
Nosandiso Ningiza, a woman who claimed to be Zozibini's cousin told IOL; “Almost everyone from eSidwadweni is here, we are very proud of her achievement. Look around, all the cars from our village are here; they brought the village residents here for free to come and welcome her home."
An emotional Zozibini addressed the crowd telling fans; "It is the most exciting thing for me to come back to my hometown. Although I am Miss South Africa, I belong to eSidwadweni in Tsolo. I am an Eastern Cape girl.
"To be among the people of the Eastern Cape to celebrate with them is one of the most important and enjoyable things I will ever do. My people are so warm and generous.
The beauty queen also had a special message for young girls. Click on this link to find out what she said.
Before Miss SA begins her work as the newly crowned pegeant winner she and her family, alongside traditional leaders are expected to host a celebration function in her village of Sidwadweni where with gospel artists such Betusile Mcinga, Bunono, Anathi and many more are expected to perform.
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