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.

“That’s not how I do my work,” she replied.

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SOUTH AFRICA – CAPE TOWN – 13 February 2020 – Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane pictured ahead of the 2020 State of the Nation Address (SONA) by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. PHOTO: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency(ANA)

 

Police Minister Bheki Cele stood nearby in his trademark hat, with his wife Thembeka Ngcoko, in a gold one-shouldered dress with sequinned fringing.

Asked what inspired their bold outfits, Cele replied: “It’s a royal year.”

But he became coy when asked whether he would vote in favour of the motion to remove Mkwebane, who was still within earshot.

“A vote is always a secret thing,” he said firmly, adding: “I’m sure I’m fine with her as a person.”

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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)

 

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.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – CAPE TOWN – 13 February 2020 – Stella Ndabeni -Abrahams 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: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency(ANA)

 

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.”

SOUTH AFRICA – CAPE TOWN – 13 February 2020 – Phumzile Van Damme 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: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency(ANA)

 

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.

 

As usual, fellow former president FW de Klerk’s wife Elita was a picture of discreet elegance in a pleated pale grey skirt and jacket.

South Africa – Cape Town – 13 February 2020 – Marike de Klerk, FW De Klerk, Amos Masondo, Thandi Modise and Baby Tyawa before State of the Nation Address(SONA). Picture Courtney Africa/African News Agency(ANA)

 

Amid all the glamour, rugby hero Siya Kolisi seemed more unassuming than ever in his Springbok jacket.

“He’s shorter than I thought, but damn, he’s handsome,” a woman whispered as he strolled up the red carpet.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – CAPE TOWN – 13 February 2020 – Fikile Mbalula 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)
SOUTH AFRICA – CAPE TOWN – 13 February 2020 – EFF family picture 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: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency(ANA)
SOUTH AFRICA – CAPE TOWN – 13 February 2020 – Babalwa Mneno 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: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency(ANA)
SOUTH AFRICA – CAPE TOWN – 13 February 2020 – Winnie Gwenya 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: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency(ANA)
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: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency(ANA)
SOUTH AFRICA – CAPE TOWN – 13 February 2020 – Pinkie Kekana, Deputy Minister of Communication 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: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency(ANA)
SOUTH AFRICA – CAPE TOWN – 13 February 2020 – Natasha Mazzone and Kevin Mileham 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: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency(ANA)
SOUTH AFRICA – CAPE TOWN – 13 February 2020 – Ntando Duma 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: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency(ANA)
SOUTH AFRICA – CAPE TOWN – 13 February 2020 – John and wife Terry Steenhuisen 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: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency(ANA)

 

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