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
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.
Then her dress has flopped…or boobs too heavy 😂 pic.twitter.com/7fbwsNnr1d
— Juni – Moon (@juunymoon) February 7, 2019
Mmusi Maimane and his wife Natalie
DA leader Mmusi Maimane looked dashing in a navy-blue suit, but his wife Natalie stole his thunder. She was dressed in an elegant asymmetrical jumpsuit.
Mmusi’s mother colour co-ordinated her outfit with his, while his sister stood out in a colourful number.
South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Communications left half of Twitter feeling green with envy and the other half questioning her Dancing with the Stars wannabe look.
Phumzile van Damme
The DA’s Phumzile van Damme used Cape Town designers for her entire look.
She looked fierce in a sparkly number by KLuK CGDT. Her sister looked equally fabulous in a stylish suit.
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) February 7, 2019
Things did not go so well on the red carpet for Minister of Women Bathabile Dlamini. The minister’s red-carpet interview was a big talking point on social media because she could not seem to remember who designed her dress.
Bad memory aside, her black dress with floral detail was pretty decent, though many tweeps disagree!
— SABC News (@SABCNews) February 7, 2019
Police Minister and SONA regular, Bheki Cele, was one of the best dressed men!
— Qaanitah|Mzekezeke|Hunter (@QaanitahHunter) February 7, 2019
UCT Vice-Chancellor Kgethi Phakeng’s looked elegant in a coral coloured skirt and print top.
— FabAcademic (@FabAcademic) February 7, 2019
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebana was all smiles on the SONA red carpet.
Her look received mixed reactions on social media but she still looked amazing thanks to her gorgeous smile.
I don’t know about other designers but I always get goosebumps when I hear my name on Tv , I always cry abit 😭😭😭 because wow this is truly what I’ve always wanted to do !Honored to have dressed our Public Protector for the #SONA2019 #SONA19 @PublicProtector @AdvBMkhwebane pic.twitter.com/oNol2Cc7qn
— BMashiloDesigns (@BMashiloDesigns) February 7, 2019
Natasha’s dress was too simple for Twitter’s fashion critics.
The DA MP wore a bespoke pink gown with sparkly accessories.
— @SAgovnews (@SAgovnews) February 7, 2019