Red carpet moments from Parliament

2011-02-12 14:06

Parliamentarians got to walk the red carpet like superstars this week.

The weather was balmy on the night of President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address.

In fact, it was ­perfect for those who wanted to flash a little shoulder, like Helen Zille, or a whole lot more, like Judy Nwokedi.

What a production it turned out to be. While most walked the red carpet entrance to Parliament, a few of the more shy bypassed ­centre stage.

However, they were all willing to have their pictures taken for ­posterity.

Bheki Cele received the loudest cheers from the crowd’s female contingent.

But even that couldn’t drown the thunderous applause when deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe walked by, flanked by two MPs, prompting one onlooker to ask: “Is daai Kgalema se girls? (Are those Kgalema’s girls?)”

By the time the president walked by with the Speaker of ­Parliament, Max Sisulu, and one of the First Ladies, MaKhumalo, the crowd was in an absolute ­frenzy.

One of the day’s most awkward moments – other than Shikota having to sit together – was when Kenny Kunene arrived after ­everyone had left – well, everyone except for Cosatu’s Zwelinzima Vavi.

The two didn’t even bother to greet each other.

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