GAUTENG streets were blessed with the presence of a queen yesterday.

Mzansi’s own Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi brought the city to a standstill.

People lining the streets went crazy when they saw the beauty queen drive by in an open-top bus between Sandton and the Joburg CBD as part of her triumphant homecoming tour.

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And those who were able to see her couldn’t hold back their excitement.

Said student Lihle Nxumalo (20): “When I see her on television, I always say to myself that she’s really beautiful.

“But seeing her in person? Wow! She’s more gorgeous than I ever thought!”

Lihle is doing a course in engineering but now was thinking of pursuing modelling.

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Crowds lined up the streets of Joburg to catch a glimpse of Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi as she toured the city in an open- top bus. Photos by Felix Dlangamandla

“I wanted to be a model but people at home told me it wasn’t a real job.

“I ended up taking engineering. My parents have seen Zozi and they were also inspired. I think this is my chance!”

People went crazy in Jozi when they saw Zozi as she went past, blowing kisses and waving.

Thousands of well-wishers lined the streets and greeted her.

Some were seen standing on balconies of their flats, singing and taking pictures and videos as she passed.

Sasha-Lee Olivier, who became Miss SA when Zozi took the Miss Universe crown, was also on the bus with her.

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They were then joined by Joburg Mayor Geoffrey Makhubo and MMC of corporate services, Loyiso Masuku.

Makhubo said Zozi has done Mzansi and the continent proud.

“As her city of residence during her time as Miss South Africa, we’re very happy to host her victory tour around the City of Joburg,” he said.

Zozi was one of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s special guests for the State of the Nation Address 2020 in Cape Town yesterday.