Love in the air at Parliament

2014-02-13 19:25
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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."

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