Memorial crowd vocal about their preferences

By Drum Digital
10 December 2013

The crowd at the FNB Stadium in Soweto made no secret of its sentiments as images of politicians appeared on the screen at a memorial for Nelson Mandela.

The crowd at the FNB Stadium in Soweto made no secret of its sentiments as images of politicians appeared on the screen at a memorial for Nelson Mandela .

President Jacob Zuma was repeatedly booed each time he was shown on a large screen at the stadium.

US president Barack Obama was welcomed shortly before 1pm with a sustained shout of joy by the crowd.

However, the second the image on the screen changed to that of Zuma, the crowd began an equally passionate boo.

The crowd jeered even when Zuma appeared during a tribute by Mandela family friend and struggle hero Andrew Mlangeni.

Obama's predecessor George W Bush was also booed when he came on screen.

Another former US president Bill Clinton was seen talking to mourners, shaking their hands as he went past.

During the welcome address by ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, the crowd cheered Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and former presidents FW De Klerk and Thabo Mbeki.

But, when they saw Zuma, a sustained boo echoed across the calabash-shaped stadium.

People watching the service on a big screen in Dobsonville, Soweto, also jeered when Zuma appeared.

Mandela's widow Graca Machel and his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela were both loudly cheered each time they were shown on screen, as was Mbeki.

An image of a group wearing red Economic Freedom Fighters berets also prompted the crowd to boo.

As the rain came down in Soweto, people huddled under umbrellas trying to keep dry.

- SAPA

- Picture: SAPA/Sumayya Samsoodien

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