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Miss SA gets heckled over graduation mishap [video]

Andile Sicetsha - 21.07.2021

Did Miss SA receive preferential treatment or is her graduation overly misinterpreted for likes and retweets?

Miss South Africa (Miss SA) Shudufadzo Musida is being targeted by disgruntled social media users who believe she may have gotten preferential treatment at her graduation.

Miss SA trends for the wrong reasons

It’s grad season in Mzansi so, naturally, social media is flooded with hearty posts from students who’ve towed the line in what has been a very unusual year or two.

Due to ongoing restrictions enforced by the continued spread of COVID-19, tertiaries have had to adopt a new approach in seeing off graduates.

Virtual ceremonies are the new norm, where graduates receive their honours and celebrate this momentous feat via shared screens and social media posts.

However, confusion was felt across the board when Musida posted a video of herself strutting along an empty auditorium at the University of Witwatersrand, in her graduation gown.

Unlike many of her peers, Miss SA managed to get a picture taken of her next to Vice Chancellor Professor Zeblon Vilakazi.

Musida made it clear in her post that she also celebrated her graduation virtually but was allowed the opportunity to interview the vice chancellor in her grad attire.

“This pandemic has led to trying times and uncertainty for everyone. To all students who had to persevere even in the least ideal times… phambili,” Musida wrote in her caption.

Social media reacts to Shudu’s graduation

Of course, this caption didn’t help a great deal in silencing naysayers from expressing their disgruntlement with the preferential treatment Musida was awarded.

Social media has since been divided in opinion about Miss SA’s actions. Here are some of those reactions: