SOUTH AFRICA – CAPE TOWN – 13 February 2020 – Bheki Cele and wife, Thembeka Ngcobo walks the red carpet ahead of the 2020 State of the Nation Address (SONA) by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. Ramaphosa will deliver the SONA at 7pm before a joint sitting of the two houses of Parliament.
PHOTO: David Ritchie/African News Agency(ANA)
Feathers, gold fringes and burnished bare shoulders were out in force on the red carpet at Parliament as MPs and VIPs arrived for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s state of the nation address
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, who is fighting to hold on to her job, wore a baby blue dress befitting an Oscar nominee with fluttering plumes around the sweetheart neckline and sequins on the slim skirt.
“I’ll take things as they come,” she told a television interviewer who asked the parliamentary process underway to remove her from the post as the public service’s watchdog in chief.
She rejected any suggestion that her recent findings, such as those against Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, had seen her take sides in the bitter factional battles within Ramaphosa’s African National Congress.
Ngcoko’s Hollywood glamour was matched only by that of Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, who chatted to journalists about the fourth industrial revolution in a one-shouldered, draped powder pink dress.
Democratic Alliance MP Phumzile van Damme, in a departure from years past, wore a subtly patterned beige jacket with a full grey skirt, and, when prodded, said she was not deserting the party to join the new one that will be launched by former DA leader Mmusi Maimane this weekend.
“No, I’m not, I’m happy in the DA.”
Former president Kgalema Motlanthe’s wife Dudu wore a romantic long-sleeved, high-necked royal blue gown with a pale pink triangle bib and baroque necklace.