Johannesburg – President Jacob Zuma was booed when he arrived at the Nelson Mandela memorial service at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
A lengthy boo rolled through the crowd of thousands of mourners when President Zuma’s face appeared on the big screen above the pitch.
The President has recently been surrounded by controversy including a recent petition on change.org to have him impeached for his involvement in the Nkandlagate scandal. It is alleged that he spent R200m of public money on various upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.
According to iol, a number of people in the crowd made a rolling hand signal, usually interpreted to mean change is wanted, as he walked onto the stage.
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and former presidents FW De Klerk and Thabo Mbeki all received warm welcomes from the crowd.
Viewers took to twitter to express their views on the incident:
“There is nothing wrong with Jacob Zuma being booed at the funeral. He is simply receiving the disrespect he shows his people on a daily basis” tweeted @Janelle_Mal
“Zuma is being booed on an international stage! This is so embarrassing for him…” @Danilo_acquisto
“You boo him now but 2014 you will vote for him when he gives you a free t-shirt and sandwhich” @CoffinD
People watching the service on a big screen in Dobsonville, Soweto, also jeered as Zuma appeared, reported iol.
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