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image Miss Deaf Swaziland Vuyisile Masangane (C) with First Princess Lindokuhle Mamba (R) and Second Princess Nelisiwe Dlamini.

MBABANE – Reigning Miss Deaf Swaziland, Vuyisile Masangane, has dropped out of school.

Masangane, who was crowned in September, last year, was doing her second year  in Vocational Studies at the School for The Deaf.
When schools closed for the first term, Masangane went home just like the rest of the pupils but did not return for her second term.

After seeing that Masangane was not at school, the school tried to track her whereabouts but did not get a proper explanation from her parents.
Since the beginning of the term, Masangane has not been to school and this is worrying the school authorities.
Thulani Gamedze who spoke on behalf of the school confirmed that the beauty queen had not been to school and their efforts of tracing her whereabouts had failed.

“It is true that Masangane has gone missing. After we discovered that she had not returned for her second term, we tried to engage her parents as we wanted to know the reasons that might have led to such a decision. However, we have failed to get a valid reason as the guardian we talked to did not have proper answers,” he said.

Gamedze said they could not proceed with the investigation as they had difficulty when talking to the parents.  “As a school, our hands were tied as the guardian did not come out clear on what had happened to Masangane.  We also do not know what really happened.  We could not continue with our investigations especially because the guardian was not forthcoming with information,” he said.
He said they were also keen to know the problem that might have led Masangane to take such a decision.

“As a school we are also worried because she was among the pupils that were to be graded last year. This is really worrying us. The worse thing is that we have also failed to get proper answers that might have made her to stop attending school,” she said.
Meanwhile Nokuthula Mbatha who was in charge of the pageant when Masangane was crowned said she was aware of the rumours.

“I heard that she never went back to school but because I am no longer in charge of the pageant, there was no way I could have pursued the matter. When I heard, I felt bad because there was absolutely nothing I could have done to save the situation,” she aid.
Also contacted about the matter was Tony Dlamini, President of the Swaziland Beauty Pageant Association who said they were aware that Masangane was no longer going to school.

“Masangane’s matter is under investigation.
We have had several meetings where the matter was discussed. However, it would not be proper for now to disclose any information up until the investigation has been finalised.  We have also met with Masangane and she told us her side of the story.  Once everything has been finalised, we will be in a position of releasing more information to the public,” he said.  Dlamini asked to be called in a week’s time with the hope that the matter would have been finalised by then.


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