Mandela memorial service – empty seats and booing take shine off service for President Zuma

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Mandela memorial: Booing crowd steals Zuma’s shine

10 Dec 2013 12:20 Mmanaledi Mataboge

The appearance of Jacob Zuma’s face on a large screen at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela has sent a sustained boo rolling through the crowds.

A crowd at the FNB Stadium booed President Jacob Zuma. (Reuters)                    
A crowd at the FNB Stadium booed President Jacob Zuma. (Reuters)
                                   

President Jacob Zuma was booed several times on Tuesday by a section of the crowd at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in Johannesburg.

This was in contrast to former president Thabo Mbeki, who received loud cheers together with Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon. Zuma was booed when the screens showed him arriving with his two wives, Bongi Ngema and Thobeka Madiba, and twice again when he was introduced by programme director Cyril Ramaphosa.

This could send a wrong signal to international leaders who came…

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