PMB councillors lambaste Zuma booers

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A man kisses the portrait of South African former president Nelson Mandela during his memorial service at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on December 10, 2013. Picture: ODD ANDERSEN

Pietermaritzburg -

Councillors in Pietermaritzburg's Msunduzi Municipality on Wednesday condemned those who booed President Jacob Zuma in front of world leaders at former president Nelson Mandela's memorial service.

“We join those who have condemned that despicable behaviour displayed by some individuals at the stadium. This is unknown in the ANC,” mayor Chris Ndlela said at a special sitting of the Msunduzi municipal council in Mandela's honour on Wednesday morning.

“This behaviour from unruly individuals should be condemned at all costs,” said Inkatha Freedom Party councillor Dolo Zondi.

National Freedom Party councillor Ntokozo Bhengu challenged members of the African National Congress to live according to Mandela’s values, without seeking to accumulate wealth.

Speaking on behalf of traditional leaders, inkosi Nsikayezwe Zondi called on political parties and leaders to emulate Mandela's example by learning to work together.

“As the elections are approaching, political parties should learn to be tolerant of each other; that is the best way of paying a tribute to a man who worked tirelessly and endured so much in pursuit of the liberation of black people,” Zondi said.

Mandela died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, on Thursday night at the age of 95.

His memorial service on Tuesday was attended by dignitaries and heads of state from around the world, including US president Barack Obama.

Mandela will be buried in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, on Sunday. - Sapa

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