The State of the Nation Address (SONA) is one of the most anticipated events of the year and not just because of the president’s all-important speech

MPs, politicians, high-profile figures and VIP guests all descended on Cape Town to listen to Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech and show off their red-carpet looks.

While many wowed in stylish outfits, some missed the mark completely.

From near wardrobe malfunctions to stylish evening-wear, the SONA 2019 red carpet did not disappoint!

Here’s a look at some of the best and worst looks


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Nomzamo Mbatha’s future self?

Twitter users compared SONA attendee’s outfit to a dress Nomzamo Mbatha wore to the 2017 BET awards.

The dresses are almost identical except that Nomzamo’s look was sleeveless. Many thought that both women looked age appropriate, but some were not feeling this MPs look.

Patricia de Lille

Former Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille is known for her quirky style on the SONA red carpet.

This year she played it relatively safe in a loose fitting long-sleeved white dress.

Matthews Wolmarans and wife Lillian

The wife of ANC MP Matthews Wolmarans caused a stir on the red carpet in a revealing outfit that saw her almost spilling out of her dress.

She was one wrong turn away from a major wardrobe malfunction.