'Rousing applause' for Mugabe at Mandela memorial

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.

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