Ramaphosa urges crowd to show restraint

2013-12-10 13:30
Crowds at the memorial for Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium. (Bernat Armangue, AP)

Crowds at the memorial for Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium. (Bernat Armangue, AP)

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Johannesburg - ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa urged the crowd to show restraint and be disciplined during the memorial for former president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium on Tuesday.

"We should show the same level of discipline as Madiba exuded," Ramaphosa said.

This was after the crowd booed President Jacob Zuma when his image appeared on the big screen.

US President Barack Obama had just received a rousing cheer.

Tributes by family members and Mandela's friends were interrupted by the crowd's cheers.

Crowd vocal

The crowd made no secret of its sentiments as images of politicians and others were shown on the big screen.

Every time Zuma's image was shown, he was booed. The crowd jeered even when Zuma was shown appeared during a tribute by Mandela family friend and struggle hero Andrew Mlangeni.

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 former president Thabo Mbeki.

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

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

- Share your thoughts and photos of the Mandela memorial service

Friends, colleagues, comrades and family of Nelson Mandela are invited to share their memories and tributes, and to light a candle for him, on his profile at Remembered.co.za.

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