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Memorial: Witty Twitter doesn’t disappoint

Between Zuma being booed and the crowd being told to shut up, Twitter users had a field day.

US President Barack Obama speaks at former President Nelson Mandela's memorial service at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. Picture: Herman Verwey/Mandela Pool

JOHANNESBURG - Tuesday's national memorial service for Nelson Mandela was possibly the largest event of its kind in history and was attended by hundreds of world leaders and VIPs.

Held at the FNB Stadium near Soweto, tens of thousands braved the rain and dodgy transport systems to see various presidents and friends and family of Mandela speak about the great man's legacy.

While the day of course was a sombre one, nothing can stop a major South Afrian event from causing a few laughs.

Controversy erupted after President Jacob Zuma entered the venue when large numbers in the audience loudly booed and heckled him.

Then, following a remarkable speech by Barack Obama, Twitter users wondered how Zuma - not particularly famed for his public speaking abilities - would ever be able to follow.

And Zuma's speech looms ... his only way out would to start off by announcing he is donating Nkandla to the Mandela Childrens Fund #Mandela

Well, it's obvious how Number One can salvage the situation. He should just sing. (So we can forget what Mme Mbete just did to our ears.)

Zuma: "Guys I forgot my speech in the car" sound of running car door slams squealing tyres

President Zuma has now decided to cancel rendition of Umshini Wam & instead stand up & simply point to President Obama & say "What he said"

But, after a few other presidents gave their speeches - including India's President Pranab Mukherjee who was abruptly interrupted by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa who, again, found it necessary to discipline the rowdy crowd - Zuma took the stage, to yet more booing.

To all the watching foreigners: don't judge us too harshly. We're much, much ruder to our own leaders than to yours. #MandelaMemorial

When Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu eventually took to the stage, he too told the crowd to behave.

Tutu gave everyone in the stadium detention.

With these antics at play, few of the cheekier Twitter users out there could refrain from making a sly comment or two.

The Pres makes me feel like weeping - for all the wrong reasons #MandelaMemorial

Today's Mandela memorial in three words - Rain Boo Nation.

Dear newspapers, use this headline: Zuma handed yellow card at Soccer City #MandelaMemorial

You're welcome.

Another popular (and much sweeter) moment of the day was the kiss between Winnie and Graça.

Winnie Mandela greets Graca Michel. I hope barack can kiss raul just like this #mandelamemorial pic.twitter.com/u9riVN52gi