Mugabe visits Hector Pieterson memorial

2015-04-09 20:34
President Robert Mugabe. (AFP)

President Robert Mugabe. (AFP)

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Soweto - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe made a brief appearance at the Hector Pieterson Memorial in Soweto on Thursday to conclude his two-day state visit of South Africa.

A small group of people that lined Khumalo Street cheered as the 91-year-old statesman made his arrival.

He was welcomed by Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Communications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele.

Before Mugabe's arrival, officials were seen ensuring there were no creases in the red carpet.

In February, Mugabe fell down a staircase as he walked off a podium after addressing supporters at Harare International Airport.

Internet users subsequently turned his tumble into a series of memes.

On Thursday, he held his composure as he carefully walked down the ramp to the memorial where he paid his respects.

He was then accompanied into the museum where he spent an hour.

Exiting the museum, he was cheered by locals.

As he walked past, a television journalist asked what emotions his return to Soweto evoked.

When Mugabe saw a white person behind her, he pushed the microphone away and reportedly said: "I don't want to see a white face."

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