Don't embarrass us - Ramaphosa tells FNB crowd

2013-12-10 15:18

Johannesburg - ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa sought to take control of the situation at the FNB Stadium on Tuesday after disruptions by sections of the crowd that gathered for Nelson Mandela's memorial service.

Three times he called on people to be disciplined.

"We have visitors, let's not embarrass ourselves, behave," Ramaphosa said.

"He [Mandela] was a disciplined cadre and let us send him off in a disciplined way. Let us show all and sundry that we are a disciplined people."

People interrupted tributes by some foreign heads of state by cheering their favourite politicians and booing President Jacob Zuma.

He interrupted the speech by India's President Pranab Mukherjee, moving the microphone away from his face, to address a band playing in the crowd: "You can play your wonderful music in a while," he said.

He informed the crowd that Zuma's speech would be brief because of the rain.

A note came up on the big screen reading "silence please".

Some people started leaving the FNB Stadium as the rain continued to pour down in Soweto.

Others chatted among themselves during speeches.

The noise of the chatter overwhelmed the sound of the speeches by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao.

Despite Ramaphosa's pleas, some of the crowd sang during the speeches.

The crowd seemed more interested in getting a wave from leaders such as US President Barack Obama than listening to the tributes.

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  • Jon Low - 2013-12-10 15:20

    Too late. Zuma got booed. Suck it up.

      Frank Coetzee - 2013-12-10 15:26

      Best crap government yip hahaha

      Eterni80 - 2013-12-10 15:27

      they don't need any help embarrassing themselves - they have zuma for that.

      Nesigan Naidu - 2013-12-10 15:30

      looks like Ayanda has been smoking her socks again or should i say kissing ANC ass... if this is the best goverment in the world guess that why we are called a third world country!!!!!

      Eric Moneyvalu - 2013-12-10 15:36


      Bheki Dladla - 2013-12-10 15:39

      cant say im surprised that he was booed and honestly its not nice but he deserves it because of the way he treats the people of South Africa. If he was walking in Mandela's path, im sure the crowd would have loved him but anyway he got dished out what he dishes on a daily basis for the SA people. well done crowd. hopefully he will get the message, its not a good thing but people must express how they feel its their right.

      KevanFoxcroft - 2013-12-10 15:45

      Too late for that Cyril... The tribe has spoken.... Its time for you to go.. Zooom-Zooom. If you have EVER played computer games , Quake 3 Arena comes to mind... "Humiliation"... People are fed up with the scant regard politicians have for them up until a few weeks before voting starts, then they want to know all your problems which they forget as soon as they turn their back...

      Craig Elliott - 2013-12-10 15:51

      Well lets get rid of Zuma and put Ramaphosa in rather, He looks and sounds alot more educated, dignified and human! A leader able to control crowds, had it not been for him this memorial would have been a total meltdown, thanks to Zuma and his escapades. From the peoples mouths to the worlds ears, the people have spoken time for change!

      Eric Moneyvalu - 2013-12-10 15:55

      They want us to show the world how wonderful SA is after Tata Madiba. They havent disrespected Tata Madiba or shamed him. Tata said if the ANC treats you like the apartheid goverment treat the ANC like how you treated the Apartheid goverment and thats what the people did.I thunk he would be smiling.

      Marina Dc - 2013-12-10 16:30

      Ramamphosa. Zuma should not have taken part in the memorial service as he is currently under investigation. He has embarrassed South Africa!

      Eben Van Derr Merwe - 2013-12-10 16:45

      I understand the crowds reaction to Zoomer and are in now way condemning it, but what an absolute disgraceful attempt to pay tribute to one of the most influential individuals of the century!!!. The speakers were pathetic, the masters of ceremony worse, the music and singers were painful to say the least. The ONLY highlight was the unequalled speech of Barak Obama. His ability to captivate an audience is impressive!!!.

      Mike Purchase - 2013-12-10 16:47

      People please ignore ayanda it is an agent trying to stir the pot thats all laugh it off.

      Mark Sims - 2013-12-10 16:55

      @Jon. Be careful, be very careful. SA is doomed. Zuma will be crueler to his only people than Mugabe was to the whites in Zimbabwe. He won't take this embarrassment lying down. This man has connections with the underworld and the cr*p will start flying from next week onwards. They are burying the ANC with Mandela and the world came to celebrate the occasion. The Titanic has gone more than half way down the ocean of Zuma destruction. Run if you can, but it is hopelessly too late if you did not plan ahead.

      Michael Kleber - 2013-12-10 19:41

      Can Jacob stop embarrasing us too , and repay our taxes he borrowed

      Pieter Scheepers - 2013-12-10 20:25

      @Ayanda. Dude you just set a record for the most unpopular reply/comment ever. Damvak.

      Jennifer DuPreez Martin - 2013-12-11 09:26

      Mark Sims Get a backbone Zuma is ruthless but he is not God the trouble he starts will end with him frightened sad alone in his bunker violent selfish men always get their comeuppance :D Enjoy the show form wherever in the world you have scuttled off to

      jungleboy - 2013-12-11 09:47

      You can't tell the crowds to be disciplined when the emperor is not wearing any clothes!

      jungleboy - 2013-12-11 09:49

      Ayanda, Madiba was a leader. Zuma is a ruler. You need to understand the democratic difference .

      Isabel Rodriguez - 2013-12-11 10:18

      Ayanda Koza, the people have spoken, ok well they booed.

      Peter Maphosa - 2013-12-11 13:23

      It's the brain dead idiots like this ayanda koza that don't deserve the right to vote as their stupidity makes it hard to make a change for the better as they waste their votes on these corrupt bastards

      Alon Fisher - 2013-12-11 17:16

      Zuma and Cyril must be an embarassment to Madiba where ever he is!!!

  • David Ward - 2013-12-10 15:21

    ANC is doing a better job of that themselves.

      Mandy Pepler - 2013-12-10 15:31

      Good, let the whole world see how South Africans feel about our current corrupt president

      Fanie Viljoen - 2013-12-10 15:33

      This is so arrogant, Zuma is an embarrassment but gets covered up, cover it up Cyryl!

      Digger DS - 2013-12-10 22:56

      More than that unfortunatly....the majority on SA's do that on a daily basis. They show no disipline and just act like animals! There is a time and place for everything and you can make your point with out destroying building and killing people. When will Africa grow up?

  • Frans Frederik Fourie - 2013-12-10 15:22

    They should have the 'old regime' organise this event in honour of mandela. Maybe it would have run smouthly

      Manfred Delport - 2013-12-10 16:06

      Or perhaps put out a tender for some consultants to help organize this...

      Emjay Mathabathe - 2013-12-10 16:44

      Old government? You must be sick!!! You idiots are going to make life difficult for yourselves with your comments. Tata is gone now. Those who booed Zuma are just a handful of idiots like yourselves. You are not even 2000 in number.

  • Nolan Allnutt - 2013-12-10 15:22

    Welcome to the country of The Banana Republic of SA.

  • courtley.tzoo - 2013-12-10 15:24

    You are embarrassment, you deserve it

  • Nolan Allnutt - 2013-12-10 15:25

    Impeach Zuma

  • Mike Heyns - 2013-12-10 15:25

    Now, why this sudden concern??? When people asked for service delivery, the government didn't even bother to listen! When they asked for answers, you keep on saying "'s taken out of context". When they ask for shelter, you built palaces to those they don't even respect!? Too late to apologise?

  • Ronewa Marageni - 2013-12-10 15:25

    u already embarras us with nkandla and e tolls

  • Jo-Anne Macleod - 2013-12-10 15:26

    The nation is merely making a statement and I for one think its about time!

  • Carmen Duncan - 2013-12-10 15:26

    EFF were the problem - when they left, all became dignified...

      Tiger Fowler - 2013-12-10 17:53

      Untrue, people clad in ANC were making the most noise.

      Marina Dc - 2013-12-10 19:29

      Why cant the EFF speak out? We are a democracy, even if one do not agree with them, they have rights.

  • Tersia Louw - 2013-12-10 15:27

    We won't embarrass you if you'll return the favour.

      Eterni80 - 2013-12-10 15:44

      and the money they stole

  • robabhi.luyojames - 2013-12-10 15:31

    It's not the best place to show SA's disgust in president, rather show it in the elections next year.

      Lee Ferreira - 2013-12-10 16:04

      Rob I agree with your statement. It is after all the memorial service of one of the greatest men this world will ever know! Boo Zuma as much as you like, and you are entitled to do so, but today, which was supposed to be full of respect and reflection, was not the right time or the right forum. Do it when he comes begging for your vote, that is the right time to show him how you, and the country feels about him and his stooges!

  • robabhi.luyojames - 2013-12-10 15:31

    It's not the best place to show SA's disgust in president, rather show it in the elections next year.

  • Liz Leitch - 2013-12-10 15:31

    With great respect to Mandela... I imagine most of his Memorial Service would have appalled him. We could have shone like the light he was, but I fear we have darkened his Light with the way we have handled this Service.

  • Juluka Watson Mabasa - 2013-12-10 15:31

    Ramaphosa tell that to your comrade who stole our money JZ,as long he's in the ANC and lying to us booing will continue,this is the beginning

      Mc Segal - 2013-12-10 16:37

      Well the Idiot Knew that this day would come....could have avoided the booing by appointing skilled advisers. All intelligent leaders do that..

  • Frans Frederik Fourie - 2013-12-10 15:32

    The education system (SATU) of keeping them uneducated, unmannered bite them in the a... With their behavior

  • Repent All - 2013-12-10 15:32

    Just to show,goverment not connected to the normal guy on the street anymore,not addresing their needs,this why people raise there concerns at a venue,where they could be heard.WELL DONE,go out and talk at the elections next year!

      Sibusiso Shanedowski Mavimbela - 2013-12-10 15:57

      Bells for you!

  • George Williams - 2013-12-10 15:34

    Well done Cyril. It shows your qualities. But gee JZ emptied the stadium quite quickly.

  • Alta Steyn - 2013-12-10 15:34

    Your plea is just a tad too late, sir. You embarrassed the people of South Africa a long time ago with your tiranny ways . . . And it is still continuing. If you really want to keep your idol Mandela's legacy alive, start acting like leaders that actually cares about their people. If not, this day and all it supposedly stands for will mean nothing.

  • Shaun Nel - 2013-12-10 15:34


      Missmizz Sabath - 2013-12-11 11:51

      My thoughts exactly, where better to show the world what a pillick JZ is, than in front of some of the most influential world leaders. Pity it had to be at a memorial service, but hey-ho, if this is the only opportunity, take it.

  • Brad Smith - 2013-12-10 15:36

    Like children they are...

  • Munjongo Jump The-Bullet - 2013-12-10 15:39

    Well done to people who boo shower head, after the funeral he must step down as SA president

  • mark.heath.3388 - 2013-12-10 15:39

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

  • Buffel Bul - 2013-12-10 15:39

    Undisciplined, uneducated and unrespectfull. What an embarrasment it must have been for the people who truly want to commemorate one of the greatest leaders of all time.

  • Winifred Watson - 2013-12-10 15:41

    Ayanda again, gosh I wish she would share whatever she smokes. Sure she must be a secretary in the ANC because she is smitten by them. If the current lot in her opinion are the best leaders in the world, shame poor Nelson does not say much for him then.

  • Shair Sidique - 2013-12-10 15:41

    Present and future Leadership should take a page from Madibas life in taking South Africa forward. Let's hope that by watching the respect Madiba gets they live to Madiba's expectations.

  • Xenswim1 - 2013-12-10 15:42

    Does anyone think that the crowd was there for any reason other than a day off work. They have no interest in the proceedings. They likely all believed that they were in for a freebie OR at least for a piece of cake like the last time.

  • Martha Pezu - 2013-12-10 15:44

    Agree Gavin Venter

  • Frans Frederik Fourie - 2013-12-10 15:44

    One good thing about Apartheid was law and ORDER. Pity they didn't keep some good things from previous regime

  • Ann Ornelas - 2013-12-10 15:47

    Zuma getting boo'd is poetic justice for what he did to Mbeki at Polokwane. Only Mbeki was boo'd by a few thousand ANC delegates. Zuma is being bood worldwide in front of billions of people. Zoomie did you learn today that Karma is a B1tch not to be taken lightly. Kry vir Jou Zoomie

  • Johan Swanevelder Jnr - 2013-12-10 15:47


  • Piet Steyl - 2013-12-10 15:49

    The ANC had the slogan "Liberation before education", the result of that was clearly displayed by uneducated in the Stadium today.

      Boitumelo Modise - 2013-12-10 17:54

      Its a product of ur old government not the a.n.c how were they suppose 2 learn when they couldn't even sleep without boers knocking on their doors

      Piet Steyl - 2013-12-11 14:03

      The ANC - masters at the art of playing the victim. Blaming the Boer government's for ANC supporters displaying their culture by Booing their own elected President in front of an international TV audience, with almost 100 Heads of State in attendance. Note it has been 19 years that the ANC has been responsible for education in South Africa.

  • Binne Goed - 2013-12-10 15:49

    Can't really blame the crowd. What a borefest apart from Obama's speech.

  • T-General Kgafela Endurance - 2013-12-10 15:50

    Zuma should step down from office or else ANC will never get a chance next year if they want to win elections

  • Tsimane Leonard Manzi - 2013-12-10 15:51

    Whether unrespectful, uneducated and undisciplined people booed President Zuma or not, ANC will continue to rule and Madiba's legacy will live on.

      CALAMITYSA - 2013-12-11 11:34

      Madiba's legacy will live on. The current ANC leadership does not live in his legacy.

  • Binne Goed - 2013-12-10 15:52

    There's nothing worse than poor speakers going on forever.

  • Rianette Kemp - 2013-12-10 15:52


  • Thabang Tshepiso Ledwaba - 2013-12-10 15:53

    Thy think the purpose of being in a stadium is to disrupt procceedings and make noise like thy do in soccer,am suprised non of them brought a vuvuzela with

      Binne Goed - 2013-12-10 15:55

      ...and what the hell was a band doing there, it's not a rock concert. LOL

      Hotbuttered - 2013-12-10 21:23

      Sadly they did take vuvuzelas!!!! Extremely disrespectful.

  • Vega Keneilwe Luckyboyz Manyepedza - 2013-12-10 15:54

    Cyril is the man he has a stand.

      Lee Ferreira - 2013-12-10 16:20

      Did you know that Cyril was Nelson Mandela's first choice as his deputy until Mbeki's father pulled in some markers? Check the history books, it is a fact!

      Johan Jacobs - 2013-12-10 23:47

      Did you know that it was Cyril, Roelf Meyer, Joe Slovo and many more that saved S.A. from anarchy way back in the nineteen's? After the assassination of Chris Hani, Cyril and kie come together and open up a new path for South Africa. To be brutally honest, I was very skeptic when Madiba was released from prison. But Madiba won my respect for him, because of what he is and what he done for S.A. Now that can't be said for Zuma. I worked with many black people in my life and the first lesson I've learned is NEVER to lie to them. No matter how bad it is. Don't lie. But that is what Zuma doing now. Eish. RIP Madiba............

  • Nqobile Billy Ngwenya - 2013-12-10 15:54

    What goes around comes around Msholozi .

  • Dave Abner - 2013-12-10 15:54

    I wish I was in jhb. I would have had a sign saying: 'World leaders... Have u also used $20 million on your private houses'

  • Alton Jacobs - 2013-12-10 15:55

    He should have told Zuma that as well... His keynote sucked! Obama was actually the keynote speaker today.

  • George Slade - 2013-12-10 15:56

    Now wait for Mac Maharaj---Those Wern,t BOOS they were ZOOO,s for ZOOOMER . Go on Mac --use it !

      Sandile Buthelezi - 2013-12-10 16:14

      tltltltltltltltl, now that wouldnt suprise me

      Mc Segal - 2013-12-10 16:41

      Mac ...Like alli .dippy peters AND malema are all dead quiet...

  • Aggy Waga Mmaphala Debete - 2013-12-10 15:56

    we need one nation with one future den u won't be embarrassed

  • Patricia Dewet - 2013-12-10 15:58

    Now he knows what is feels like, poor Helen Zille sitting next to him and he did not say a word.

  • Arno van Zyl - 2013-12-10 16:01

    A civilised bunch as always

  • Sandile Buthelezi - 2013-12-10 16:01

    Zuma must be recalled... Perioud he has done enough damage to our country

  • Adele Post - 2013-12-10 16:03

    What a banana republic, as proven again. What a shame, that this "event" also became a political party, service delivery event. Hopefully people will show their dissaproval at next years election, with passion as they did today.

  • Tania de Jager - 2013-12-10 16:04

    Just shows the mentality of the majority of this nation. No basic manners. Disgusting. Embarrassing. Like kids they have to be reprimanded.

      Liz Leitch - 2013-12-10 16:25

      Exactly Tania. Did you get the gist of Cyril's "chat" to the crowd. (that's what it was - a crowd, not mourners at a Service.) He clearly spoke to them like one would address badly behaved children. Oh dear.

  • Christopher Mark V Lowe - 2013-12-10 16:04

    Nobody respects the lying, thieving Zuma. And for good reason. Only Tutu now has the moral authority to command the crowd into silence. Watch the magic as he does so. And thank you, Arch.