ANC NEC member Bheki Cele and his wife Thembeka. Picture: Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
ANC NEC member Bheki Cele and his wife Thembeka. Picture: Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota arrives in Parliament for SONA 2018. Picture: Chantall Presence / ANA
Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota arrives in Parliament for SONA 2018. Picture: Chantall Presence / ANA
Democratic Alliance MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard arrives in Parliament for SONA 2018. Picture: Chantall Presence / ANA
Democratic Alliance MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard arrives in Parliament for SONA 2018. Picture: Chantall Presence / ANA
DA leader Mmusi Maimane and his wife Natalie. Picture: Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
DA leader Mmusi Maimane and his wife Natalie. Picture: Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane and wife Natalie Maimane arrive for the state-of-the-nation address on Thursday. PHOTO: Chantall Presence/ANA
Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane and wife Natalie Maimane arrive for the state-of-the-nation address on Thursday. PHOTO: Chantall Presence/ANA
DA MP Phumzile van Damme arrives at Parliament. PHOTO :Chantall Presence/ANA
DA MP Phumzile van Damme arrives at Parliament. PHOTO :Chantall Presence/ANA
Phumzile van Damme in a Malcolm Kluk original. Picture: Latashia Naidoo
Phumzile van Damme in a Malcolm Kluk original. Picture: Latashia Naidoo
Former DA spokesperson Pumzile Van Damme arriving for the Opening of Parliament. Picture: Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
Former DA spokesperson Pumzile Van Damme arriving for the Opening of Parliament. Picture: Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille arriving at Parliament. Picture: Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille arriving at Parliament. Picture: Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
Helen Zille in a Brandon van der Vyver design. Picture: Latashia Naidoo
Helen Zille in a Brandon van der Vyver design. Picture: Latashia Naidoo
The ANC's Alina Mfulo in an African-inspired outfit. Picture: Latashia Naidoo
The ANC's Alina Mfulo in an African-inspired outfit. Picture: Latashia Naidoo
ENCA news Anchor Cathy Mohlahlana arriving in Parliament. She is dressed by Arnold Phasha and David Tlale. Picture: Cindy Waxa/ African News Agency
ENCA news Anchor Cathy Mohlahlana arriving in Parliament. She is dressed by Arnold Phasha and David Tlale. Picture: Cindy Waxa/ African News Agency
Christian Martin arriving for the Opening of Parliament. Picture: Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
Christian Martin arriving for the Opening of Parliament. Picture: Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
DA member Terri Stander   Picture: Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
DA member Terri Stander Picture: Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Picture: Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Picture: Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane looking like a princess in a Bonolo Mashile design. Picture: Latasha Naidoo
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane looking like a princess in a Bonolo Mashile design. Picture: Latasha Naidoo
Nozuko Mbalula in her own design. Picture: Latasha Naidoo
Nozuko Mbalula in her own design. Picture: Latasha Naidoo
Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula and his wife Nozuko. Picture: Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula and his wife Nozuko. Picture: Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
Bheki Cele and Thembeka Ngcobo in an Oripaleng design. Picture: Latasha Naidoo
Bheki Cele and Thembeka Ngcobo in an Oripaleng design. Picture: Latasha Naidoo
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba and his wife Nomachule Mngoma. Mrs Gigaba is wearing a design by Mrs Gigabyte in Gert Johan-Coetzee. Picture: Latasha Naidoo
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba and his wife Nomachule Mngoma. Mrs Gigaba is wearing a design by Mrs Gigabyte in Gert Johan-Coetzee. Picture: Latasha Naidoo
Malusi Gigaba and his wife Noma. Picture: Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
Malusi Gigaba and his wife Noma. Picture: Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
Nathi Mthethwa and his wife Philisiwe Buthelezi. Picture: Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
Nathi Mthethwa and his wife Philisiwe Buthelezi. Picture: Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
Mandla Mandela and his wife Raabia. Picture: Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
Mandla Mandela and his wife Raabia. Picture: Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
Designer David Tlale in his signature black. Picture: Latasha Naidoo
Designer David Tlale in his signature black. Picture: Latasha Naidoo
Minister Stella Ndabeni arriving for the Opening of Parliament. Picture: Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
Minister Stella Ndabeni arriving for the Opening of Parliament. Picture: Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
Tendai Kuruneri arriving for the Opening of Parliament. Picture Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
Tendai Kuruneri arriving for the Opening of Parliament. Picture Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
Nomvula Mokonyane arriving for the Opening of Parliament. Picture Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
Nomvula Mokonyane arriving for the Opening of Parliament. Picture Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma arriving for the Opening of Parliament. Picture Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma arriving for the Opening of Parliament. Picture Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
Dali Thambo and his wife arriving for the Opening of Parliament. Picture Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
Dali Thambo and his wife arriving for the Opening of Parliament. Picture Cindy Waxa /African News Agency/ ANA
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Cape Town - The red carpet is one the highlights of the opening of Parliament. MPs and Cabinet ministers usually pull out all the stops when it comes to choosing what they will wear for the president's State of the Nation Address.

This year's SONA is especially significant as it marks the beginning of Cyril Ramaphosa's presidency. Ramaphosa was sworn in on Thursday after Jacob Zuma announced his resignation on Wednesday night.

Every year there is at least one outfit that stands out as "the outfit" of the SONA red carpet and, of course, no event is complete without at least one fashion "fail". 

While EFF MPs tradionally wear their trademark red overalls, many other dignitaries favour African-themed outfits and there is no shortage of one-of-a-kind couture creations on display.

Our politicians have had a rough few months so the chance to put on some glad rags and shine comes as a welcome relief.





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