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Styling the SONA

Politicians showed off their style at the 2014 SONA in bright colours and bold prints.

Some bold fashion statements on the SONA red carpet on 13 February 2014. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address (SONA) is not all about the nuts and bolts of running the country, but also an opportunity for politicians to show off their style, or lack thereof in some cases.

There were hits and misses on the Parliamentary red carpet, with a great deal of bold and bright colours, African- and Indian-inspired outfits ans well as animal prints.

Democratic Alliance Leader and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille wore a green dress and accessorised with a blue purse, while the party's Lindiwe Mazibuko beamed in a silver-white gown.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, who was clad in a gold dress, said her outfit made her feel light and playful.

Mandla Mandela and his wife proudly showed off their complementary Xhosa outfits, while Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, wearing all black, was quickly ushered in by security guards.