Zuma congratulates Strauss on Miss World win

The president says the win shows SA can shine on the world stage.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has congratulated Rolene Strauss on her win at the 2014 Miss World pageant.

He made the comments at a Reconciliation Day event at Ncome, KwaZulu-Natal, on Tuesday afternoon.

Strauss, who won the Miss South Africa title in March, scooped the world title in London on Sunday.

Zuma says South Africa is confident Strauss will execute her duties well.

"This was a proud moment for South Africa as she has proved that our country is capable of producing winners and that we can shine on the world stage as a nation."

Strauss on Monday said she is both proud and humbled to have won the pageant.

She thanked the country and her parents for their support.

"Thank you very much for all the support and I absolutely love you and this crown is dedicated to all of you."

Hungary's Edina Kulcsár came second and Elizabeth Safrit, representing the United States, came third.

It's the first time South Africa has won the title in 40 years.

Miss SA spokesperson Claudia Henkel says, "We're very excited because she will be returning on Friday. Going forward, she is now handed over to the Miss World organisation and she will be representing South Africa on an international platform."

Strauss, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Free State, is the third South African to win the title.

Additional information by Reuters.