The booing of Jacob Zuma at Nelson Mandela's memorial yesterday, has been met with mixed debate as to whether or not it should have happened.
There is merit to the argument that it was perhaps, not the right place, or time, for the mourners in the stadium to show their dissatisfaction of Jacob Zuma. This was after all a memorial ceremony to celebrate the life and achievements of South Africa's biggest icon.
Are we so disrespectful as a nation, that our anger and frustration could not be put a side for one day, as an act of utmost respect to Madiba?
I tend to think not.
Perhaps yesterdays heckling of our country's president, was done at the perfect time, when millions around the world had their eyes fixed on yesterdays proceedings.
The irony was hardly lost on the South African citizens, that the man responsible for delivering the news of Mandela's passing away, is the very same person who is always in the limelight for all the wrong reasons.
Jacob Zuma was South Africa's voice amongst many of the worlds famous and infamous leaders. He was responsible for delivering the message on behalf of South Africa, about what Nelson Mandela and his legacy means to our country.
Alas, in the eyes of the international community, the ANC is still seen as the movement who was instrumental in bringing about change, oblivious to the fact that Jacob Zuma has been marred by controversy, even before he was elected as the country's next leader.
All principles and morals that Madiba lived and died for, an empty shell of the true vision of a united and democratic South Africa.
Perhaps Mandela would have agreed, or disagreed. Unfortunately, we will never know.
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