PARLIAMENT.Cape Town. 17.6.2014.  EFF leader Julius Malema arrives at the State of the Nation on Tuesday.  Picture Ian Landsberg
PARLIAMENT.Cape Town. 17.6.2014. EFF leader Julius Malema arrives at the State of the Nation on Tuesday. Picture Ian Landsberg
Communications Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams and her husband Thato Abrahams on the red carpet. Photo: @SAgovnews
Communications Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams and her husband Thato Abrahams on the red carpet. Photo: @SAgovnews
DA leader Helen Zille arrives for President Jacob Zuma's SONA. Photo: @DA_News
DA leader Helen Zille arrives for President Jacob Zuma's SONA. Photo: @DA_News
Chief Mandla Mandela and his wife. Photo: @ParliamentofRSA
Chief Mandla Mandela and his wife. Photo: @ParliamentofRSA
Musicians Arthur and Chomee arrive for President Jacob Zuma's SONA. Photo: @ParliamentofRSA
Musicians Arthur and Chomee arrive for President Jacob Zuma's SONA. Photo: @ParliamentofRSA
Chester Missing interviews the DA's Mmusi Maimane on the red carpet ahead of President Jacobs Zuma's SONA. Photo: @DA_News
Chester Missing interviews the DA's Mmusi Maimane on the red carpet ahead of President Jacobs Zuma's SONA. Photo: @DA_News
Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Mr Bheki Cele and wife arrive for President Jacob Zuma's SONA. Photo: @ParliamentofRSA
Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Mr Bheki Cele and wife arrive for President Jacob Zuma's SONA. Photo: @ParliamentofRSA
DA Shadow Minister of Health Wilmot James in black and gold for President Jacob Zuma's SONA. Photo: @DA_News
DA Shadow Minister of Health Wilmot James in black and gold for President Jacob Zuma's SONA. Photo: @DA_News
Minister Lindiwe Zulu on her way to Parliament for President Jacob Zuma's SONA. Photo: @MyANC_
Minister Lindiwe Zulu on her way to Parliament for President Jacob Zuma's SONA. Photo: @MyANC_
EFF Members of Parliament arriving for President Jacob Zuma's SONA. Photo: @ParliamentofRSA
EFF Members of Parliament arriving for President Jacob Zuma's SONA. Photo: @ParliamentofRSA
ANC MPJackson Mthembu arrives for President Jacob Zuma's SONA. Photo: @SAgovnews
ANC MPJackson Mthembu arrives for President Jacob Zuma's SONA. Photo: @SAgovnews
Deputy Minister of Transport, Ms Sindi Chikunga arrives for President Jacob Zuma's SONA. Photo: @ParliamentofRSA
Deputy Minister of Transport, Ms Sindi Chikunga arrives for President Jacob Zuma's SONA. Photo: @ParliamentofRSA
Cape Town-140617-On the red carpet at the SONA event:  Thoko Mkwanazi. Picture Jeffrey Abrahams
Cape Town-140617-On the red carpet at the SONA event: Thoko Mkwanazi. Picture Jeffrey Abrahams
Cape Town-140617-On the red carpet at the SONA event:  Mduduzi Manana, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, and Gweneth Mashele. Picture Jeffrey Abrahams
Cape Town-140617-On the red carpet at the SONA event: Mduduzi Manana, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, and Gweneth Mashele. Picture Jeffrey Abrahams
PARLIAMENT.Cape Town. 17.6.2014.  Vusi MaimanE and his wife Natalie pose fore the photographers by kissing on the red carpet at the State of the Nation on Tuesday.  Picture Ian Landsberg
PARLIAMENT.Cape Town. 17.6.2014. Vusi MaimanE and his wife Natalie pose fore the photographers by kissing on the red carpet at the State of the Nation on Tuesday. Picture Ian Landsberg
PARLIAMENT.Cape Town. 17.6.2014.  EFF MP Floyd Shivambu with his parents Constance and Elias making their way into Parliament on the red carpet at the State of the Nation on Tuesday.  Picture Ian Landsberg
PARLIAMENT.Cape Town. 17.6.2014. EFF MP Floyd Shivambu with his parents Constance and Elias making their way into Parliament on the red carpet at the State of the Nation on Tuesday. Picture Ian Landsberg
PARLIAMENT.Cape Town. 17.6.2014. MP Eunice Nyalungu from Mpumalanga making her way into Parliament on the red carpet at the State of the Nation on Tuesday.  Picture Ian Landsberg
PARLIAMENT.Cape Town. 17.6.2014. MP Eunice Nyalungu from Mpumalanga making her way into Parliament on the red carpet at the State of the Nation on Tuesday. Picture Ian Landsberg
Cape Town. 17.6.2014.  Praise singer Eric Sifiso Libusi donned in traditional wear at the State of the Nation on Tuesday.  Picture Ian Landsberg
Cape Town. 17.6.2014. Praise singer Eric Sifiso Libusi donned in traditional wear at the State of the Nation on Tuesday. Picture Ian Landsberg
PARLIAMENT.Cape Town. 17.6.2014.  DA MP Dianne-Kohler Barnard and Glynnis Breytenbach on the red carpet at the State of the Nation on Tuesday.  Picture Ian Landsberg
PARLIAMENT.Cape Town. 17.6.2014. DA MP Dianne-Kohler Barnard and Glynnis Breytenbach on the red carpet at the State of the Nation on Tuesday. Picture Ian Landsberg
PARLIAMENT.Cape Town. 17.6.2014. ANC MP Bev Abrahams from Gauteng making her way into Parliament on the red carpet at the State of the Nation on Tuesday.  Picture Ian Landsberg
PARLIAMENT.Cape Town. 17.6.2014. ANC MP Bev Abrahams from Gauteng making her way into Parliament on the red carpet at the State of the Nation on Tuesday. Picture Ian Landsberg
The DA's Mmusi Maimane and his wife arrive for President Jacob Zuma's SONA. Photo: @ParliamentofRSA
The DA's Mmusi Maimane and his wife arrive for President Jacob Zuma's SONA. Photo: @ParliamentofRSA

Cape Town - The parliamentary precinct was a sea of colour as MPs started arriving ahead of President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address on Tuesday afternoon.

Fur and feathers were popular among MPs.

Instead of posing for the hoards of frustrated photographers gathered outside the Old Assembly building, many MPs simply walked past.

Sbusiso Radebe, ANC MP, was dressed in an Arabic-styled white robe and head dress, and finally stopped after being hailed by journalists.

“It's simple, not complicated. That's what I like and that's what I am,” Radebe said.

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille, one of the special guests invited to the opening, decided she was not going to dress up.

“It's the second opening of Parliament in one year. I wasn't going to go to any lengths to look beautiful, so I chose a simple black suit and a nice top,” De Lille said.

IFP MP Sibongile Nkomo sparkled in traditional Ghanaian garb, with a pink coat and a matching hat.

“I chose pink because it's a beautiful day. The sun was shining in Cape Town today,” Nkomo said.

“When I bought the dress in Ghana, they told me it symbolises freedom and was part of their cultural heritage.”

MPs and guests are expected to be seated by 6pm, an hour before Zuma commences his seventh SONA. - Sapa