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‘Proudly South African’: Congratulations pour in for SA's Miss Universe winner

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is the first Miss South Africa to take the Miss Universe title after Margaret Gardiner in 1978.

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Miss South Africa 2017 is crowned Miss Universe on Sunday, 26 November from the AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN – South Africans are beaming with pride after Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned Miss Universe 2017 during a glitzy ceremony in Las Vegas.

Nel-Peters, from Sedgefield in the Western Cape, is the first Miss South Africa to take the Miss Universe title after Margaret Gardiner in 1978.

President Jacob Zuma, the ANCYL, Wayde van Niekerk and several others have wished her well.

Zuma says the nation is "immensely" proud, while the ANCYL says her victory is a win for all of South Africa.

But some have been left unhappy with the results and believe that Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett, should have won.

Miss Jamaica was the second runner-up while miss Columbia, Laura Gonzalez, was the first runner-up.

One Twitter user congratulated Nel-Peters and also praised Gonzalez, saying she did an amazing job.

Overall, Nel-Peters’ win has been well received.

Nel-Peters is passionate about a self-defence programme which has empowered several women.

Miss Universe organisers say that she plans to share these workshops and help as many women as she can.

She says her biggest motivation comes from her half-sister who has a disability. She lives in Potchefstroom with her stepmother and father.