President Zuma booed at memorial

By Drum Digital
10 December 2013

President Jacob Zuma received loud boos at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto.

Before 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.

However, when Zuma's face appeared on a large screen above the pitch, a sustained boo rolled through the tens of thousands of people gathered for the service.

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

Mandela's wife Graca Machel, and his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela both received loud cheers as the service got underway around noon with the singing of the national anthem.

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