Minister mocked over Versace dupe at SONA

Minister mocked over Versace dupe at SONA

SA designer Thula Sindi called out Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni for wearing a ‘Versace dupe’ on the SONA red carpet…

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Thula Sindi has accused Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni of plagiarising a Versace design in a dress she wore to the State of the Nation (SONA) on Thursday, 8 February.

The Minister in the Presidency walked the red carpet in a black gown with sheer panels.

According to a directive from SONA, guests were encouraged to “wear local” at this year’s event.


In several tweets, South African designer Thula Sindi called out Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni over her SONA look. According to the award-winning artist, the minister’s dress was an apparent dupe for Italian brand Versace.


Thula posted pics of model Gigi Hadid and singer Lady Gaga wearing the dress alongside Ntshavheni’s similar look. He tweeted: “Unethical even in the smallest of things.”

In an interview on the red carpet, Ntshaveheni claimed her look was created by Limpopo designer Phika Designs.

Like Thula Sindi, his X followers were not impressed.

“When you order from Wish,” commented one. Another added: “What she ordered vs what she got.”

Sindi also retweeted a comment that read: “Proudly wearing a breach of intellectual property on the biggest political stage.”


Apart from it being likened to a dupe, Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni was accused of dressing “inappropriately” for the SONA event.

The 47-year-old posted pics of her look on her X account but likely did not receive the reception she hoped for

@zenzo99815279: “Your dress is not classy. A whole minister showing her stomach”.

@LB_juta: “1999 Matric Dance dress?”

@mzobanzi_n21: “The old age slay queen.”


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