The State of the Nation Address is one of the most important, and anticipated events of the year in Mzansi.

And while everyone waits in anticipation for the president’s speech, where he addresses the nation on the country’s progress and gives an overview of the government’s plans, we also look forward to what will unfold on the red carpet.

This year, most politicians pulled out all the stops and looked amazing on the #Sona2016 red carpet. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela set the bar high when she arrived in a bespoke Gert Johan Coetzee gown that did wonders for her silhouette. Speaking outside parliament Madonsela said she was celebrating what she hopes will be a new dawn.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula’s wife Nozuko also looked ravishing in a simple red gown. And so did Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba’s wife Norma Gigaba.

President Jacob Zuma is expected to address the nation at 7pm on Thursday.