Zozi: Support your children
Support your children’s dreams, Zozi tells crowd at Mthatha Stadium
Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi said parents needed “to invest in their children’s dreams”.
Speaking at a provincial homecoming event organised in her honour at the Mthatha Stadium on Sunday afternoon, the Tsolo-born 26-year-old beauty thanked her father, Lungisa Tunzi, and mother, Philiswa Nodophu-Tunzi, for helping her realise her own dream of winning the prestigious global crown.
“I couldn’t have done this without my parents,” she told a crowd of more than a thousand people, which included employment & labour minister Thulas Nxesi, who hails from the same Tolo clan as Tunzi, sport, recreation arts & culture deputy minister Nocawe Mafu and provincial DSRAC MEC Fezeka Bayeni.
The event was organised by the provincial government in partnership with the OR Tambo district and Mhlontlo municipalities.
Tunzi, who expressed gratitude for the support she had received from South Africans, said she was delighted to be back on home ground.
“I go out there and speak a lot about them [my parents]," Tunzi said.
“I am extremely lucky to have been able to go out to the world and tell the story of South African women and children.”
Tunzi said she could not wait to start her community programme work in the country.
She also revealed that there was a big possibility that the next Miss Universe competition would be held in SA.
This would afford more people an opportunity to experience the pageant first-hand, she said.
“It’s not about Miss Universe or the title, it’s about us believing in our dreams.
“Many people have asked me what it means, and I tell them it means representation and it means inclusivity.”
On her arrival at the Mthatha Airport on Saturday afternoon, she addressed the media and hundreds of fans who had waited patiently for hours for her arrival.