Drips and drags from the toned-down Sona red carpet

As South Africans look forward to the State of the Nation Address (Sona) at Cape Town’s City Hall this evening, viewers witnessed what is referred to as a very toned-down red carpet.

Partnership with local brands

Parliament this year has partnered with @ProudlySA in support of the South African fashion industry by urging Members of Parliament (MPs) and guests to wear locally produced garments. Most Sona attendees interpreted this and went with traditional wear to keep it safe, while some wore black.


Politicians, sadly, never get it right. But we cannot blame them. Parliament is full of old people who still dress up like they are still stuck in the early 80s and 90s.

Talk about people who have all the money in the world to buy locally-made fabric and slay on the red carpet once a year.

Dull red carpet

Members of parliament, ministers, premiers, and their better halves showed up on the very dull red carpet. They wore traditional, regal looks. While some were in their drips and drags.

New Public Protector Kholeka Gcaleka showed up in a red number, making her presence known. As fashionistas put it, you can never go wrong with red, especially if you want to make a statement.

Unfortunately, we cannot say the same about North West Premier Bushy Maape, Thulas Nxesi, and Minister of Health Joe Phaahla. They were dressed up as if they were going to a general meeting, putting in no effort at all.

Predictable shimmers

Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe was his usual self. He wore those predictable shimmering shirts that he is known for.

Former Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Collen Masina showed up with his wife, who wore an orange dress. Her dress brought out the art side of life, with the beading keeping all eyes on her.

Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu kept it safe. She rocked a gorgeous locally made black number made by her daughter.

DJ Black Coffee

DJ and producer Balck Coffee also attended this year’s Sona alongside his son. He is still recovering from the plane accident he had last month.

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