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The SONA-State of The Nation Address 2012

09 February 2012, 22:39

Looking at images from the opening of parliament on SABC2 I can only wonder when the fashion will truly reflect some African culture.

The judges of our courts are wearing outfits that hark back to medieval times.
And the parliamentarians are kitted out in carducci suits and colonial outfits, complete with pointed shoes and double decker heels.

I also think it's about time that imperialist red carpet be replaced with some African art on it, Khoi /Pedi/Xhosa/Zulu/Tswana art reflecting our diversity.
Not to talk about all the grand cars. Land Rovers, BMW's.

And this by people of a government that are so critical about colonialism and imperialism.

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi was by far the best dressed politico at the SONA. Dressed in an elegant black and gold African design, with raybans an' all.
President Zuma's use of South African languages in his address was very refreshing.

His address was project specific. Very encouraging. But government seriously just need to walk the talk. Deliver on the promises. There is still too much of a gap between promises and delivery.

SONA 2012 clearly means different things to different people.
Some were clearly very charmed. Others sounded very alarmed.
On a more serious note: some commentators and political analysts take the SONA's way too serious.  

The SONA is to South African politicos what the Oscars are to Hollywood.
The most important thing about the SONA's for the politicos is the glitz and the glamour and the fashion and the after party.The criticism by the opposition parties is a just a show for their political supporters.

Go to the after party and see how the great  they all party together. And have you heard any of the opposition parties moan about the 6 million Rand budget for the SONA?

Not a word. Why? Because they are all in on the act.
That's why they are called political parties.

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