The weird and the wonderful fashion at the DA Congress

2015-05-09 15:43
(Amanda Khoza, News24)

(Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Port Elizabeth - The Democratic Alliance transformed the Port Elizabeth Boardwalk Complex into a fashion powerhouse at the 2015 DA Federal Congress on Saturday.

Hundreds of DA supporters turned on their blue and white swag moving away from wearing just blue jeans and t-shirts.

On Saturday, some delegates wore classy dresses with high heels while others chose one item to draw attention.

It was a mixture of traditional, weird and wonderful.

Delegate Mabekenyane Thamanane, 45, told News24 that his elaborately designed Makarabha (hard hat) had turned him into a celebrity overnight.

“I am telling you, I have been stopped about 20 times, people wanting to take pictures and asking me where I got my hat,” said the man from Thembisa, Johannesburg.

Thamanane’s hard hat can be spotted from meters away not only because it is large, but because it also has a large face of parliamentary leader, Mmusi Maimane, the man he said he would be voting for on Sunday.

“I got this hard hat from Helen Zille last year when we were marching to Luthuli House during a DA march. She told us that it was to protect ourselves,” he said.

He said before attending the federal congress he sat down and thought of ways he could use it to endorse his candidate. He said it cost him R80 to turn it into a masterpiece.

“I sat down and designed my own version, because it was just a plain hard hat. This is what I do, I design hard hats in my area for other soccer fans,” said Thamanane.

“My hat has turned me into a celebrity, it is causing a lot of attention. I have been stopped about 20 times, people taking pictures and I have been interviewed by a lot of journalists about it,” he said.

Deputy Leader of the Western Cape Bonginkosi Madikizela, 40, wore a blue and white African inspired linen suit paired with suede blue shoes. “I like to stand out at every gathering that I attend. I always try to look different,” said Madikizela.

DA MP Nomsa Tarabella Marches chose to go for a more elegant look with a tunic design dress in DA colours which she wore with red high heels. “I am wearing a designer dress, it hugs me on my tiny waist and then it flairs out. It is really just a traditionally inspired dress that fits me well and is on trend,” said Tarabella Marches, adding that her dress was better than wearing a blue jean and white DA t-shirt.

Desiree van der Walt, 59, also wore a faded blue tunic dress and paired it with sandals.

“This dress was designed with a table cloth and I have worn it so many times that it has faded. I like it because it is comfortable,” she said.

Genevieve Cannon, 55, from the Eastern Cape said she wanted to feel like “an African girl” on Saturday. “My outfit is a mixture between the Khoisan, Xhosa and African. Today I wanted to feel like an African girl,” she said.

KZN MPL Mbali Ntuli arrived at the congress wearing full traditional Zulu regalia including isidwaba, a skirt made out of cow hide and pared it with orange beaded sandals.

“I chose to wear blue isicholo, traditional Zulu hat because of my party colours and traditional beads because I wanted to represent my province of KwaZulu-Natal the best way I can and that was to come representing my culture which is Zulu,” she said.

Read more on:    da  |  mmusi maimane  |  helen zille  |  port elizabeth  |  politics

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