LIVE BLOG: Politicians start trickling in for the #SONA2017

Politicians have started trickling in for the #2017 SONA and apart from the big speech by President Jacob Zuma‚ the red carpet — and who is hot versus a hot mess — has become the second big talking point about the prestigious event.

Fashion designers Gert-Johan Coetzee of GJC‚ Ole Ledimo of House of Ole and Gugu Mlambo Msomi of Gugulam are weighing in on the various looks:

An early thumbs down went to Democratic Alliance MP Natasha Mazzoni. She arrived with her blonde locks curled and parted at the side in a red angel high-neck dress‚ and matching red lipstick.

“The colour red makes her look bigger. The dress looks like it was not made for her. Not a well-made dress in my opinion‚” said Ledimo.

Oops: Coetzee said that the piece is one from his Spree online retail range‚ although he did not dress her for the event.


DA MP Juanita Terblanche arrived in a vintage-inspired black‚ velvet dress‚ with pearls streaming down the mid-section of her back‚ chandelier style.

This won another reprimand from Ledimo‚ who said: “I’m definitely not in favour of the ‘Oscar’ look for the opening of Parliament. The pearls are definitely too heavy for that dress… I think we get dress codes so wrong”.

Again‚ Coetzee disagreed.

“I think it’s beautiful‚ a powerful look and nice on a red carpet‚” said Coetzee.


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