GALLERY: The SONA 2018 red carpet


Minister Lindiwe Zulu and her daughter Phindile arrive at Parliament to attend the State of the Nation Address, delivered by newly sworn in President Cyril Ramaphosa, on February 16, 2018, in Cape Town.

PARLIAMENT - Guests and MPs started streaming into Parliament on a red carpet on Friday ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa&39;s State of the Nation Address.

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The SONA, which was postponed earlier in the month amid pressure for Jacob Zuma to resign, was a jovial occasion.

Christian Martins, a Khoisan representative, and Bev Abrahams speak to eNCA anchor Cathy Mohlahlana ahead of the State of the Nation address in Parliament, Cape Town on February 16, 2018. Source: eNCA

Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Bheki Cele and his wife, Thembeka Ngcobo, arrive on the red carpet for the State of the Nation address.  Source: eNCA

Democratic Alliance MP Phumzile van Damme shows off her rings.  Source: eNCA

Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula and his wife, Nozuko Mbalula.  Source: eNCA

DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard shares her expectations for the State of the Nation Address. Source: eNCA

DA MP Terri Stander, with an elephant tattoo on her back, poses on the red carpet at Parliament.  Credit: Rodger Bosch / AFP. IPTC Author: Boniswa Khumalo.

Members of Parliament ahead of the State of the Nation A on February 16, 2018, in Cape Town. Source: eNCA

President Cyril Ramaphosa and Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete arrive at Parliament for his address to the nation. Credit: Gianluigi Guercia / REUTERS

Leader of the Democratic Alliance opposition party Mmusi Maimane and his wife, Natalie, speak to journalists. Credit: Rodger Bosch / AFP

















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