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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: News 24 by Pieter du Toit.]

The State of the Nation Address (SONA) has become a fashion parade for the political and captured elite, smilingly strutting on a red carpet while answering banal questions about haute couture, writes Pieter du Toit.

The SONA used to be delivered in the day, during a normal joint session of Parliament in the afternoon. During the Presidency of Jacob Zuma it was moved to the evening to enable more people to watch it.

But during Zuma’s term, many more changes were made to the ceremony and format which had become established during the terms of office of Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki. For one thing, the red carpet and fashion stakes became increasingly banal.

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