The newly crowned Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi received a tumultuous welcome when she returned to her rural village in the Eastern Cape this week.

The crowds lined the streets, they chanted, sang, ululated and danced as they welcomed the returning daughter of the soil who was coming home for the first time since she was crowned Miss South Africa on Women’s Day on August 9.

Tunzi was overwhelmed by the reception: “I cannot believe how many people came out to greet me. I feel so welcomed by my community. These people influenced my life and the choices have I made. I owe a big debt of gratitude to them. All I can say is thank you.”

The Executive Mayor of the Sidwadweni District Municipality, Thokozile Sokanyile, described how proud the people of the area were of Zozibini .

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