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No BOOING the president

10 December 2013, 19:24

No BOOING the president.

The booing of president Zuma at the Mandela memorial today was totally unacceptable.  Regardless of the rain, and the hour delay to the start the memorial, the largest of it’s kind ever, my view is that it went off very well indeed and I felt proud to be a South African, EXCEPT for the booing of the president.

It does not matter what you’re view is of Zuma, I personally believe he is the worst president imaginable, and have no idea why the ANC insist of supporting him let alone keeping him in place as president, BUT in no way could the booing of our president in full view and the presence of the largest assemblage of world leaders ever to occur, be condoned. 

Those who simply could not control themselves, societies empty vessels who far prefer braying brutishly and than shutting their ignorant gobs and listening to the words of wisdom from their elders and leader, should today be ashamed of themselves.

No person, no matter how inept and awful at their job deserves the kind of shameful embarrassment that was dished out to Jacob Zuma today. 

It is a blight that will remain with us now for a long time to come, with so many of the worlds brightest and most influential minds present, I hardly think that to our shame this thoughtless action of a relatively small group escaped the notice of the world.

If we as South Africans have problems with each other it is better that we resolve such issues in the privacy of our home, but today the FNB stadium for the duration of the memorial was not our home, it was a stage to which we had invited the entire world to share our grief and celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, but sadly we together with our president were embarrassed upon it.

Today was about Madiba and paying tribute to his life and immense contribution to our countries success, not about Zuma and certainly not an opportunity to take cheap shots at the president.

This was the message of Cyril Ramaphosa when he called for discipline, we should be careful in future and never let such a thing happen again.

We will in due course all get an opportunity to settle our unhappiness with the president and the ANC for foisting him upon us, when we all vote in next years elections, which brings me to the one positive aspect regarding the booing.

Thanks to Mandela we do have a free democratic society, and while we are unhappy with our current president, there were many heads of state present who are far worse the Jacob Zuma and head up regimes where booing the president would result in arrest, torture and even execution. 

At least these murderous demagogues and the rest of the world got to see (albeit in a negative fashion) that Mandelas dream of a truly free society where people may express their feelings without fear of punishment and oppression has indeed been realised here in our beloved country at the bottom end of Africa.

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