Bold and beau­ti­ful on Sona red car­pet

The Star Early Edition - - FRONT PAGE - LUNGILE MATSUMA

WHILE the State of the Na­tion Ad­dress (Sona) was a dis­rup­tive af­fair as usual last night, a few MPs and guests hit the right notes when it came to fash­ion and glam­our.

Yes­ter­day’s red car­pet was a mixed bag, with some ton­ing down the dress and oth­ers who made a real ef­fort to dress up. The EFF turned up in their tire­some red over­alls and do­mes­tic worker at­tire.

For­mer As­sem­bly ANC deputy chief whip Doris Dlakude and her daugh­ter De­siree were among the first to ar­rive in match­ing red dresses. Dlakude wore a full-length gown with an em­bel­lished bodice while De­siree was in a red fig­ure-hug­ging dress.

Deputy Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Pinky Kekana walked the red car­pet in a peachy-pink num­ber with a cream-white bag. Her boss,Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Stella Nd­abeni-Abrahams showed off her fig­ure in a flow­ing peach, silky dress.

An­other hit was DA spokesper­son on com­mu­ni­ca­tions MP Phumzile Van Damme, who looked stun­ning in a two-piece en­sem­ble with a filmy skirt and a de­tailed blazer.

For­mer Tsh­wane mayor and DA mem­ber Solly Msi­manga looked dap­per in a green slim suit which he paired with dark sun­glasses.

One of the cou­ples who stole the show were Po­lice Min­is­ter Bheki Cele and wife Them­beka in an av­o­cado gown with gold de­tail in front while her hus­band stood out in a black suit with his sig­na­ture fe­dora hat.

An­other hit was Mbulelo Bara and An­gel Khany­ile from the DA but Khany­ile’s bling plat­form shoes seemed out­dated. Nel­son Man­dela’s grand­son Mandla and wife Nosekeni Rabia came to im­press in their match­ing Xhosa at­tire as usual.

DA leader John Steen­huisen and wife, Terry, looked plain and bor­ing in a black suit and a navy blue dress.

| DAVID RITCHIE African News

PO­LICE Min­is­ter Bheki Cele and wife, Them­beka Ng­cobo, walk the red car­pet be­fore Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Na­tion Ad­dress last night. Agency (ANA)

EFF mem­bers ahead of Sona. | AYANDA NDAMANE African News Agency (ANA)

TRANS­PORT Min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula. | DAVID RITCHIE African News Agency (ANA)

MODEL and TV per­son­al­ity Ba­balwa Mneno. | AYANDA NDAMANE African News Agency (ANA)

COM­MU­NI­CA­TIONS Min­is­ter Stella Nd­abeni -Abrahams. | AYANDA NDAMANE African News Agency (ANA)

PRAISE singer Masin­gita Shibambu, 19, aka Ntombhi Ya Mut­songa.

DEPUTY Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Pinkie Kekana and DA’s Phumzile Van Damme. | AYANDA NDAMANE African News Agency (ANA)

RIGHT: Min­is­ter of Sport, Arts and Cul­ture Nathi Mthethwa and wife Philisiwe. | African News Agency (ANA) LEFT: Mandla Man­dela and wife Rabia Clarke. | BREN­TON GEACH EPA-EFE

ANC MP Win­nie Ng­wenya. | AYANDA NDAMANE African News Agency (ANA)

DA’S Natasha Maz­zone and Kevin Mile­ham. | AYANDA NDAMANE African News Agency (ANA)

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