MASERU — Miss Lesotho Companies, Gladys Pelesa, has been stripped of the crown after she was accused of being in breach of a contract.
Pelesa is accused of agreeing to be an ambassador for TTwins while holding the Miss Lesotho Companies’ crown.
Limakatso Makutle, the organiser of the pageant said Pelesa was not supposed to sign with any other agency without the consent of the organiser (who is supposed to be her agent).
“The contract we sign with our models stipulates that they are not allowed to work with any other company without our consent.
“Gladys went out and became the face of another company without consulting with me first. It is not like she is not allowed to represent other companies, but she has to consult us first.
“I have made several attempts to get hold of her to get an explanation but she is not taking any of my calls. So it was only fit that we no longer consider her as Miss Lesotho Companies. The crown will be given to someone else worthy in our next pageant,” she said.
But according to Pelesa, the contract had long expired.
“I was crowned Miss Lesotho Companies 2012/2013, so we only signed a one-year contract.
“My contract with Miss Lesotho Companies ended last year. It is not my fault that she did not elect my replacement last year as she was supposed to.
“I only kept the title because she asked me to until she found my replacement.
“Being the ambassador of TTwins was a smart business move and nothing personal. Limakatso was bound to take the crown anyway, so I don’t understand why she is all upset with the move I made.”
Pelesa’s contract was supposed to expire last year when Miss Lesotho Companies 2013/2014 was crowned.
Unfortunately, the organiser did not host a pageant last year that is why she let Pelesa keep the sash and tiara until her replacement comes forth.
Pelesa got an offer before the successor was selected and this caused sparks between her and Makutle.