A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows US President Barack Obama (C) and First Lady Michelle Obama (R) attending the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows US President Barack Obama (C) and First Lady Michelle Obama (R) attending the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP

Memorial crowd vocal about preferences

By SAPA Time of article published Dec 10, 2013

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Johannesburg - ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa urged the crowd to show restraint and be disciplined during the memorial for former president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium on Tuesday.

“We should show the same level of discipline as Madiba exuded,” Ramaphosa said.

This was after the crowd booed President Jacob Zuma when his image appeared on the big screen.

US president Barack Obama had just received a rousing cheer.

During the welcome address by ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, the crowd cheered Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and former presidents FW De Klerk and Thabo Mbeki, but when they saw Zuma, a sustained boo echoed across the calabash-shaped stadium.

People watching the service on a big screen in Dobsonville, Soweto, also jeered when Zuma appeared.

Mandela's widow Graca Machel and his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela were both loudly cheered each time they were shown on screen, as was former president Thabo Mbeki.

An image of a group wearing red Economic Freedom Fighters' berets prompted the crowd to boo.

As the rain came down in Soweto, people huddled under umbrellas trying to keep dry. - Sapa

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