Tutu reprimands Mandela memorial crowd

2013-12-10 16:46
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Johannesburg - Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu reprimanded the crowd at the memorial service for former president Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium, in Soweto, on Tuesday.

"I want to show the world we can come out here and celebrate the life of an icon," a visibly angry Tutu shouted at the crowd.

"You must show the world that we are disciplined. I want to hear a pin drop."

As he spoke, some people in the crowd started talking, and Tutu pointed at them and shouted.

"We promise God that we are going to follow the example of Nelson Mandela," he said.

Tutu spoke briefly in Afrikaans.

Afterwards, ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa closed proceedings.

Singer PJ Powers and a band sang: "Nelson Mandela, there is no one like you", as the crowd filtered out of the stadium.

Earlier, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and Ramaphosa made a vote of thanks.

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.

- Share your memories of Nelson Mandela with us.
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