Fashionable and cool Lindiwe
She might be one of the toughest and busiest politicians in South Africa, but Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko still makes time to play.
The 32-year-old surprised many when she rocked up at the Kluk CGDT fashion show and after-party on the first night of the yearly Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Cape Town this week.
Mazibuko has been called a lot of things, but fashionable has not been one of them. She baffled fashionistas when she rocked up looking chic in a Thula Sindi-designed neon pink T-shirt and a matching black skirt.
It seems she learnt, almost magically, that neon pink is one of the trendiest colours right now.
Away from the political scene, she looked and behaved her age, smiling and chatting playfully with fashion week guests.
Mazibuko, whose weave has been the subject of ridicule, looked surprisingly fresh, and her make-up was perfect.
Both black and white fashionistas were asking to take pictures of her, or with her.
Mazibuko told Sowetan she did not usually attend parties, but could not miss the Kluk CGDT show.
"I don't like parties," Mazibuko explained. "But I am a lover of beautiful things, and I came here - straight from the office - for this show. What I love about Kluk CGDT is their creativity and dramatic creations."
Asked who her boyfriend was, Mazibuko - who attended the show with her best friend Refilwe Moloto - said she did not like discussing her private life.
Mazibuko added that she was looking good not for anyone but herself, and praised Kluk CGDT for putting on a beautiful show.
"I loved their theme," she said. "They took us to a particular place. The clothes were exquisite."
Mazibuko also confessed her love for Sindi's clothes.
"I love Thula Sindi's clothes," she said. " I love his way of interpreting fashion. He is one of the labels I wear, depending on my mood. He is a very creative designer with wearable clothes."
Sindi said the clothes Mazibuko was wearing had been chosen by Robyn Cooke, her stylist.
"Robyn is the one who buys Lindiwe's clothes from me on her behalf," Sindi confirmed. "I enjoy making clothes for her. She is young, brilliant and she knows what she is all about. She could be our future president. What I also like about her is that she loves and supports local fashion."
The fashion week in Cape Town ends tomorrow.