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'Rousing applause' for Mugabe at Mandela memorial

2013-12-11 08:42

Cape Town – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe received a thunderous applause from thousands of people who thronged the FNB Stadium in Soweto to bid farewell to former South African leader Nelson Mandela.

Mandela died at his Houghton home in Johannesburg last week. He was 95.

According to Herald, Mugabe who was accompanied by his wife Grace and children, received a “rapturous welcome” from the crowd following the announcement by the Master of Ceremonies, ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa that he was among the dignitaries.

Mugabe’s image was promptly beamed on the giant screens in the stadium drawing wild applause, cheers and blasts of vuvuzelas from the crowd that had earlier on jeered host President Jacob Zuma, said the report.

Mugabe responded by smiling and waving to the crowd.

The other leaders who received similar acclaim were former South African president Thabo Mbeki, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and US president Barack Obama.

The event was attended by leaders from over 90 countries.

Comments
  • Widzo Mateere Moyo - 2013-12-11 08:57

    My Hero.He gave me LAND LAND LAND LAND!!!.What more can I ask for.

      Nic Mechanic - 2013-12-11 09:07

      common sense?...

      Widzo Mateere Moyo - 2013-12-11 09:09

      Bloody American,You remain silent about the thousands who died during apartheid.Is not someone responsible for that.

      Dave Ueckermann - 2013-12-11 09:11

      And where is your land, please show proof

      Braam Du Plessis - 2013-12-11 09:35

      @Widzo, Winnie Mandela is responsible for some of those deaths during apartheid. Does the name Stompie Seipei ring a bell?

      Renoster van Tonder - 2013-12-11 09:55

      Now that you have the land there is no food and starvation. Why is that?

      Jonathan Woods - 2013-12-11 13:23

      FOOD! FOOD! FOOD! And JOBS! Land is meaningless unless you do something with it. But what the hell you are welcome to eat the dust!

      Jonathan Woods - 2013-12-11 13:29

      Widzo, apart from those killed by the ANC during apartheid, what about the millions killed since 1994 due to the utter incompetence of the anc!

      NicBrits - 2013-12-13 00:14

      What do you do with your LAND LAND LAND LAND?

  • Nic Mechanic - 2013-12-11 09:02

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

  • Mpho PS Mashegoane - 2013-12-11 09:11

    Lion of Judah.....

  • Melissa Hunni Lategan - 2013-12-11 09:12

    Ah , another idiot!

  • Eterni80 - 2013-12-11 09:15

    they boo zuma, applaud mugabe, then next year they'll vote for zuma again what a bunch of hypocrites

      Chez Kri - 2013-12-11 09:28

      My thoughts exactly.

      Sht Stirrer - 2013-12-11 13:16

      ..and all for a t-shirt and two pieces of KFC.

  • Mally Gee - 2013-12-11 09:16

    Giving the thug Mugabe a “rapturous welcome” is a clear barometer of the measure of support for evil by the majority of South Africans. This was made all the more stark by the irony of comparison to Nelson Mandela, all done on the same occasion. What a disgraceful nation we have become!

      Bienaar Mkhavele - 2013-12-16 09:33

      Really!Really!Really!,u have no rights to talk about who is evil.We love Mugabe because his a true African leader,his compared 2 the likes of Patrice Lubumba,Julius Nyerere,erdwardo Mondlane,Samora machel.Nkwame Nkruma and many more.U whites r the one who refusing 2 live up to madibas goals of equality and economical balance...Let me tell u about ur White game,IF we blacks harm whities/capitalists the world including ur BBC n CNN propaganda media call for severe consequences and just 2 b done,but if western/whities people harm we dark people,the only consequences would be world calling 4 the need of truce and reconciliation.where is our JUSTICE 2 stand 4 us.Mugabe is 2 smart 2 play that game.Madiba played his role for our unity and truce,Now u whites must play ur role by realising our economical freedom yet.Again that memorial was about our Madiba not Mugabe and that's all...

  • Willy Nilly - 2013-12-11 09:42

    Please please replace all economic emigrants from Zimbabwe with willing to work immigrants from. S.A .A win win situation

  • Samuel Chari - 2013-12-11 09:48

    I like the way the mere mention of Robert Mugabe enrages the pink river...it must be very uncomfortable sitting on top of loot...set yourselves free..give Africans back their resources...or at least share

  • Mouteng Wilfred Moraba - 2013-12-11 09:51

    I also did,but I was watching it at my home,he really derseved it.True leader

  • Dave Kofang - 2013-12-11 09:55

    Its so sad to see people bickering about Mugabe while the nation is in mourning.But its not suprising as a certain part of our population talks about Madiba's values only when it suits them.They only use his name to make money but genuinely they dispise people he was fighting for.

  • Willy Nilly - 2013-12-11 09:56

    Mugabe, the great destroyer in the same league as Idi Amin. Real African roll models. WAKE UP

      Derek Bredenkamp - 2013-12-11 12:10

      you shouldn't speak of things you know nothing about.

      Mally Gee - 2013-12-11 22:52

      Actually Derek, Willy is telling it exactly as it is. Mugabe is from the same ilk as Idi Amin.

  • Denzil Bignoux - 2013-12-11 10:22

    I hope Robert Mugabe was listening to Barack Obama's speech as he clearly questioned certain leaders values and honesty and how they held Madiba in high esteame for all his wonderfull qualities of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation but are robbing their people of everything Nelson Mandela stood for.

      Justice Maedzenge - 2013-12-11 11:11

      Well Mr denzil I also think Obbama should listen tohis own speech. Promoting war and hostilities is another thing Nelson would never had aproved.

      Samuel Chari - 2013-12-11 11:53

      HOW MANY MOSLEMS or Arabs or Africans did America kill during Obama's Speeach (directly or indirectly)????

      Bienaar Mkhavele - 2013-12-11 23:38

      Barack Obushma my foot!a Evil caucasian in our skin.a nigger whom was used 2 distabalize our continent from north to south using his fake Africanism appearance and islam belief.His just a Caretaker just like most African leaders including except 4 Mugabe.They play by western rules and taking care of capitalists interests.How much blood did he and his masters wasted,His speech was nothing but hipnotizing propaganda n I didn't buy dat @ all

  • Esnath Kaitano - 2013-12-11 11:36

    AS A ZIMBABWEAN I WAS DISSAPOINTED WITH THOSE CHEERING MUGABE. THEY SHOULD COME TO ZIM AND LIVE WITH US FIRST, AND WE WILL SEE IF THEY CHEER HIM.

  • Dewit Hoffmann - 2013-12-11 13:45

    El Diablo

  • Jan Fourie - 2013-12-11 14:14

    Die mentaliteit van die "mob" gaan my verstand heeltemal te bowe!

  • Alex Mwendaz - 2013-12-11 18:28

    He thinks lyk african in africa proudly 1 nd only RGM

  • Lulubell Smith - 2013-12-12 15:07

    I am white Zimbo and you white South Africans are so out of touch with reality. They cheered Mugabe because they love him and agree with all he has done. You okes better get a grip of where South African is headed because by reading your comments you are all in for a nasty wake up call...

  • Daniel Du Plessis - 2013-12-14 00:03

    And I'm sure that as a result, the World, and those Leaders in attendance were just filled with confidence about South Africa's future!

  • Nolan Krombein - 2013-12-14 00:43

    If they boo their own president for corruption, and cheer Mugabe, maybe they want mad Bob to be their president. Careful what you wish for, ignorant people.

  • Paul Saenen - 2013-12-14 08:44

    Zimbabwe is one of the most successful countries on the planet in terms of carbon footprint. It has been reduced from 1.5 (CO2 tons per year per capita) in 1994 to 0.8 in 2009. One may extrapolate a rate of 0 in 2024 when Zimbabwe will effectively disappear.

  • Marjan Mars Brala - 2014-02-08 00:20

    Robert Mugabe is dead

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