Some snooze during Zuma speech

Comment on this story

iol news pic ANC Mandela send-off 4


Struggle veterans carry the coffin of former president Nelson Mandela during a send-off ceremony at Waterkloof Air Force base in Pretoria. Photo: Yves Herman

Pretoria - Some members of the audience began to nod off during President Jacob Zuma's speech during the ANC send-off for former president Nelson Mandela in Pretoria on Saturday.

Some struggled to stay awake during the lengthy speech, which included a history of the ANC, while others looked at their phones and tablets, at the Waterkloof Air Force Base.

By 9am he had been speaking for 30 minutes. Zuma was addressing an African National Congress ceremony before Mandela's body is to be flown to the Eastern Cape for his state funeral on Sunday.

Earlier, he said Mandela was great because he was a thinker and a doer.

“He [Mandela] combined two things that are not easy to do - to combine theory and practice.” - Sapa

sign up

Comment Guidelines

  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.


Join us on

IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks

Business Directory