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Pageant queen dethroned when she asked where the promised R500k worth of 'amazing prizes' were

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A dethroned beauty queen is going to have to take her successor to court, as part of an application against the pageant’s organisers who she claims failed to deliver on their promise of R500,000 in prizes.

Saumya Tiwari Gautam, the initial 2018 winner of Mrs India South Africa, has taken the organisers to court, resulting in her title being withdrawn and awarded to the competition’s first princess, Daphnie Singh. However, during the civil claim’s most recent proceedings at the High Court in KwaZulu-Natal, the court set aside Gautam’s application to allow her to add Singh to the list of respondents.

In his ruling, Judge Graham Lopes summarised Gautam’s argument, particularly in how she claims the organisers had falsely advertised how a winner of the pageant would be rewarded. In early 2018, Gautam saw an advert for Mrs India SA, which claimed the “sole aim and objective of the pageant was to inspire, motivate and uplift women in South Africa”. It also announced “amazing prizes up to the value or R500,000 and a brand new VW Jetta 7”...

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