The much-anticipated 2019 state of the nation address on Thursday gave politicians the opportunity to strut their stuff on the red carpet and showcase their fashion sense.
One could argue that the movie Black Panther played a role in influencing many of the politicians’ wardrobe.
And no, the politicians did not take a leaf off the country’s super rugby teams who last weekend donned tight fitting spandex like jerseys reminiscent of the regalia worn by superheroes as they took part in the #SuperHeroSunday.
Instead, the majority of the politicians embodied the essence of the Black Panther movie by donning earthy tones or attire that partly or entirely incorporated African print fabrics that celebrated the country’s diverse cultures.
Minister of Transport Blade Nzimande and his wife Phumelele Ntombela-Nzimande. Picture: SA Government News
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa and UDM MP Nqabayomzi Kwankwa. Picture SA Government
GOOD leader, Patricia de Lille Picture: SA Government News
Lindiwe Zulu and her daughter Phindile Zulu Picture: SA Government News
Police Minister Bheki Cele makes his way on to the red carpet Picture: SA Government News
Economic Freedom Fighters members in song and dance as they walk on the SONA red carpet. Picture: Parliment SA
ANC MP Omie Singh and wife Popsi Singh arrive on the SONA red carpet. Picture: SA Government News
Doeks, accessories, beads, and even walking sticks epitomised parliamentarians embracing the country’s diverse cultures.
These colours and prints replaced last years’ prominent shades of red and gold, and the atmosphere on the red carpet was bright and cheerful.
It got even more electric, when the Economic Freedom Fighters, graced the walkway in a sea of red as they donned their signature red overalls, red berets, head hats and domestic worker apparel.