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#SONA2016: All the latest

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Much anticipation as #SONA2016 is under way.

For the past hour we have seen politicians’, various dignitaries and VIP’s making their way up the Red carpet.

The entire red carpet event reflects the glitz and glamour of South African presidential royalty. [Photo: Tasneem Hendricks]
The entire red carpet event reflects the glitz and glamour of South African presidential royalty.
There is a big contingent of media, including international media at the red carpet.

The was much anticipated arrival of Mandla Mandela, left many disappointed; hoping to have a glimpse of his new bride. [Photo: Umarah Hartley]
The much anticipated arrival of Mandla Mandela, left many disappointed; hoping to have a glimpse of his new bride.
A scuffle reportedly took place in Darling Street between; protesters wanting to enter the precinct, and the police, who dispersed protesters with stun grenades.

The Economic Freedom Fighters reportedly entered the parliamentary chamber chanting “there is going to be a fight in parliament, pay back the money”. Members of the African National Congress displayed annoyance at their entrance. [Image source: iTV]
The Economic Freedom Fighters reportedly entered the parliamentary chamber chanting “there is going to be a fight in parliament, pay back the money”. Members of the African National Congress displayed annoyance at their entrance.
Invited guests of parliament include; parts of the Civil Guards of Honour that is inclusive of ordinary South Africans chosen to the attend the event, Junior Guards of Honour, that are nominated from schools around the country. The Eminent Persons are nominated by each provincial legislator, and are nominated on the basis of their contribution to society.

There is a procession in front of the national assembly, various Guards of Honour, and a band.

The media is now preparing to capture the arrival of President Jacob Zuma.

Much anticipation as guests and media await for proceedings to begin.

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