Love in the air at Parliament

2014-02-13 19:25
Gallery  |  click on thumbnail to view larger image

Opening of Parliament

See all the pictures as dignitaries arrive at parliament ahead of Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address in Cape Town.

Cape Town -  Love was in the air as politicians and other prominent figures waltzed along the red carpet in front of the National Assembly on Thursday evening.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela looked like a Hollywood actress in a dazzling, full-length golden gown and was met with cheers and dozens of camera clicks. She explained the dress made her feel free-spirited.

Parliament's arts and culture portfolio committee chairperson, Thandile Sunduza, followed soon afterwards, replacing the golden glow with a banana yellow.

She struggled to hide her baby bump in a strapless short dress which she had designed herself.


"I'm seven months pregnant. If you ask who's the father, I don't know," she joked before moving off.

Many mistook Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba for an SA Airways pilot in his dark suit with gold epaulettes and a captain's hat. He saluted photographers before making his way into the National Assembly.

ANC MP Thandi Kenye looked like a modern-day Cinderella in a turquoise dress with a lace pattern and silver shoes with glass heels. She seemed to love the media attention and turned her back to the cameras so they could get a different angle.

"It's 20 years of democracy. That's why I am so beautiful," she said.

DA MP Denise Robinson was more demure in a navy blue and red dress and batted her eyelids from underneath a red flower and strings of beads draping one side of her face.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande and his wife Phumelele Ntombela-Nzimande also wore red, keeping the pre-Valentine's Day spirit alive. She clung to him tightly in her draping leopard print dress.

Western Cape premier Helen Zille, dressed in a lime-green, beaded ballgown, arrived on the carpet with her husband Johann Maree. The pair were glued at the hip and he gave her a peck on the cheek when goaded to do so by photographers.


Asked what their plans were for Valentine's Day on Friday, she said: "We're going to have a good time. We've been married for 31 years."

Local singer and dancer Chomee was dressed to catch a man in a tight and shiny white dress with glittery panels running down both sides.

"I got this dress from a store in Sandton... I was looking at getting something white, long, elegant yet sexy."

She said she had no date for the romantic holiday.

"I'm just hoping someone will come by tomorrow and surprise me with some flowers and chocolates."

Read more on:    cape town  |  parliament 2014  |  state of the nation 2014

Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24


Goalkeeper saves five penalties with his FACE!

Nothing, and we mean nothing, will keep goalkeeper Scott Stirling from stopping the ball!

Hottie of the day: Nicole Meyer!
11 things men don’t know about their clothes
Hilarious mortal kombat elevator prank!
This is how the Top Gear presenters spend their £55 million!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now! - shop online today

Save up to 60% on toys!

Don’t miss out on this hot offer, save up to 60% on toys. While stocks last. Shop now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 35% off books

Save up to 35% on the latest page-turners. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25


The Moon has moved into your sign, emphasizing the need to connect things to work together. There is a tendency to focus too more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.