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File photo: Julius Malema arrives at the Union Buildings for President Jacob Zuma's inauguration on Saturday. Malema's provisional sequestration has been extended to August 25.

Pretoria - The pomp and ceremony of a presidential inauguration would not be complete without some high fashion, with guests attending Jacob Zuma's swearing in at the Union Buildings donning their best outfits.

There is a strict formal dress code for an inauguration, however there was not much glitz and glam with guests opting for a more sophisticated look.

A number of men opted for traditional attire - a few with animal skins around their waists and headdresses.

Many women either wore a hat or fascinator, and some were visibly uncomfortable in their stiletto high heels.

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille wore a black dress and coat with a leopard print fascinator in black and gold with a matching scarf.

Pregnant businesswoman and TV personality Basetsana Kumalo looked radiant in a flowy purple dress with peacock feathers around the collar and bright green stiletto heels.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela wore a cream long sleeve crop top with a matching skirt and a chiffon overlay extending from the bottom of her top over the skirt.

The majority of women wore two piece jacket and skirt suits.

Navy blue and black suits were the order of the day for many of the male folk attending the inauguration.

Former police commissioner Bheki Cele wore a silky blue suit with his signature Panama hat.

Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane also wore a silk suit but in black.

Dali Tambo, the son of former ANC president Oliver Tambo, wore a blue pinstripe suit with a white scarf. He is known for his flamboyant dress-sense.

Some guests wore interesting coats to keep warm in the chilly autumn morning, many sporting faux fur collars.

Many expected Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema to arrive at the inauguration in his red overall, boiler hat and gumboots, but the firebrand leader adhered to the strict dress code and arrived in a black suit and tie.

His colleague Dali Mpofu wore a black suit and bright red button-up shirt. - Sapa


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