Zuma booed at Mandela memorial

2013-12-10 12:26
President Jacob Zuma arrives at FNB Stadium in Soweto for Nelson Mandela's memorial service. (SABC, AP)

President Jacob Zuma arrives at FNB Stadium in Soweto for Nelson Mandela's memorial service. (SABC, AP)

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma was booed at the start of the memorial service to Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium in Soweto on Tuesday, in stark contrast to the rapturous applause received by former president Thabo Mbeki.

Crowds at the stadium both booed and cheered when Zuma entered the stadium and made his way onto the stage for the service, which started an hour later than the scheduled starting time of 11:00.

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa started proceedings by welcoming the various dignitaries present at the stadium.

More booing was heard when Zuma's name was mentioned, while the crowds cheered loudly when the names of former presidents Kgalema Motlanthe, Thabo Mbeki and FW de Klerk were mentioned.

Zuma was seen with a stony expression, cleaning his glasses. Sapa reported he was seated between two of his wives, Gloria Bongekile Ngema and Thobeka Stacy Mabhija.

- 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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