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Minister Shabangu calls on SA to celebrate Nel-Peters's Miss Universe win

The Miss South Africa competed against over 90 contestants to win the crown in Las Vegas and walked away with the crown.

Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has been crowned Miss Universe 2017. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Minister in the Presidency for Women Susan Shabangu has called on South Africans to celebrate Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who's been crowned Miss Universe.

The Miss South Africa competed against over 90 contestants to win the crown in Las Vegas.

She’s the first South African woman to win the title since Margaret Gardiner in 1978.

Shabangu has wished Nel-Peters well during her reign, saying she has faith that the 22-year-old will add her voice to the emancipation of women in South Africa and the world at large.

At the same time, President Jacob Zuma has also congratulated Nel-Peters. Zuma says the nation is immensely proud of her.

The ANC Youth League has also sent a word of encouragement to the newly crowned Miss Universe, saying that her victory is a celebration for the entire country and the continent.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)