South Africa

In pictures: #SONA2017

By Leila Dougan 9 February 2017

It was an absurd juxtaposition – VIPs preparing to have their outfits discussed on the red carpet as protestors, the military and riot police prepared for a tense SONA2017. LEILA DOUGAN was there with her camera. (Watch this space for updates.)

You spin me right round, baby, right round: Zizi Kodwa has the floor. Photo by Leila Dee Dougan


 Ready for action: ANC supporters nail their colours to the mast. Photo by Leila Dee Dougan


Waiting game: Police vans outside Parliament. Photo by Leila Dee Dougan



A sea of blue: Security forces assemble. Photos by Leila Dee Dougan

Fortress: Lieutenant-General Kgomotso Phalane addresses media after a security forces personnel meeting. Photo by Leila Dee Dougan

Say a little prayer for you: Security forces bow their heads in prayer ahead of SONA. Photo by Leila Dee Dougan

This way please, sir:  Security staff after being briefed by Phalane. Photo by Leila Dee Dougan

 Main photo: Security forces prepare for SONA 2017. Photo by Leila Dee Dougan/ Daily Maverick


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