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'Rousing applause' for Mugabe at Mandela memorial

2013-12-11 08:42
President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace arrive in for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service. (Carien du Plessis via Twitter)

President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace arrive in for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service. (Carien du Plessis via Twitter)

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Mugabe shrugs off concerns over AU-West relations
Mugabe shrugs off concerns over AU-West relations

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has shrugged off concerns that his appointment as new African Union chairman will harm relations between the pan-African bloc and the West.

Cape Town – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe received a thunderous applause from thousands of people who thronged the FNB Stadium in Soweto to bid farewell to former South African leader Nelson Mandela.

Mandela died at his Houghton home in Johannesburg last week. He was 95.

According to Herald, Mugabe who was accompanied by his wife Grace and children, received a “rapturous welcome” from the crowd following the announcement by the Master of Ceremonies, ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa that he was among the dignitaries.

Mugabe’s image was promptly beamed on the giant screens in the stadium drawing wild applause, cheers and blasts of vuvuzelas from the crowd that had earlier on jeered host President Jacob Zuma, said the report.

Mugabe responded by smiling and waving to the crowd.

The other leaders who received similar acclaim were former South African president Thabo Mbeki, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and US president Barack Obama.

The event was attended by leaders from over 90 countries.

- News24

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