INTRODUCTION: In Zimbabwe, racial overtones have clouded the beauty contest to find the girl who represents her country in the Miss World contest.
SV PAN Final 15 contestants on stage, then walk off after judging (2 shots)
SV, SCU & CU Contestants waiting back stage for announcement of final five (4 shots)
SV Judges seated at table
SCU PULL BACK TO SV Contestants on stage
CU PULL BACK TO SV No.7, Julieth Nyathi reacts as she is named winner
CU third placed Jennifer Johnson
SV ZOOM TO SCU & GV Winner seated surrounded by second-placed Doreen Nyathi and Jennifer Johnson
SCU Peter Ball, former joint organiser, speaking
SEQ. 8: BALL: "It looked to us and maybe other people by the sound of the entries, that there was every chance that a white girl may become this year's Miss Zimbabwe. And then we came under a lot of pressure and interference from our multi-national sponsors, and from the Ministry of Information. And we were left in no doubt that if a white girl was to win it, then it is very doubtful whether she would have been allowed to go to London as Miss Zimbabwe. So it was at that point that we decided to wash our hands of the whole sordid affair. Which poses a question to the Miss World organisation. South Africa is totally banned from partaking in the Miss World competition because of its racial attitudes. Just what standing will this leave Miss Zimbabwe?"
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In Zimbabwe, racial overtones have clouded the beauty contest to find the girl who represents her country in the Miss World contest. There were allegations in the early stages of the competition that the organisers had selected too many white girls. Later, it was claimed that there had been interference to ensure that a black girl could win. In the end it was 24-year-old Julieth Nyathi, a black contestant, who was awarded the title by judges on Saturday (19 September).
SYNOPSIS: The controversy started when it appeared that many more white girls than black would appear in the final of the competition, held in Salisbury. The organiser of the contest withdrew amid charges that his company had rigged it to make sure that a white contestant was likely to win. In his turn the organiser alleged that the sponsors wanted a black winner to advertise their product -- soap -- in Zimbabwe.
No criticism of the judges' fairness was made. But they weren't shown the points total before the result was announced.
Julieth Nyathi was the winner -- and one of the judges, Mrs. Doris Shoniwa, said afterwards she was sure the contest was fair. Another judge, chairman of the panel Farai Munuki, said 'It was an unanimous decision'. But the former organiser of the competition, Peter Ball, maintained that there had been interference with selection.