Eastern Cape ANC condemns Zuma booing

2013-12-11 21:26
President Jacob Zuma at the memorial service for former president Nelson Mandela, held in the FNB Stadium in Soweto. (Pool photo)

President Jacob Zuma at the memorial service for former president Nelson Mandela, held in the FNB Stadium in Soweto. (Pool photo)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The Eastern Cape ANC on Wednesday condemned the booing of President Jacob Zuma at the memorial for former president Nelson Mandela at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg.

"Those hooligans misrepresented the people of this country by acting in a manner not befitting the occasion of paying our last respect to comrade Mandela," provincial secretary Lubabalo Mabuyane said in a statement.

"We appeal to all South Africans to refrain from acting and behaving in a manner that attempts to embarrass this country and the Mandela family."

The province was holding a memorial for Mandela on Friday. Mabuyane said the ANC was appealing to people who wanted to display such "hooliganism" to rather stay at home.

"We will not tolerate booing and any form of disrespect. Only people who want to pay their last respect to Madiba must attend the provincial memorial service and the funeral service this weekend," he said.

Each time Zuma's image appeared on the big screen at the memorial for Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto on Tuesday, many in the crowd booed.

The programme director, ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, asked the crowd a number of times to show restraint and be disciplined. People also interrupted tributes by some foreign heads of state to cheer their favourite politicians.

The Young Communist League of SA on Wednesday said the booing was despicable.

"This was a well-planned and co-ordinated action by people who are hell-bent on disrespecting the president," spokesperson Khaya Xaba said in a statement.

"This contemptible behaviour must be condemned, as it was a direct insult on the memory of Tata Mandela."

The YCLSA said those who booed and heckled should hang their heads in shame.

Read more on:    anc  |  jacob zuma  |  nelson mandela  |  east london  |  politics

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.