Ramaphosa pleads with rowdy crowd
President Jacob Zuma was booed twice during former Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.
JOHANNESBURG - ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday called for discipline at former president Nelson Mandela's memorial service at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
The service, which was attended by over 90 heads of states, was marred by booing and ill-discipline from the crowds.
President Jacob Zuma was booed by the crowd when he arrived at the stadium.
African Union (AU) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was barely audible during her speech as the crowds ignored her while others were singing as she spoke.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma almost inaudible due to mediocre sound system and a restless, noisy crowd. Rain getting heavier too.
- David Smith (@SmithInAfrica) December 10, 2013
The crowd cheered for former presidents Thabo Mbeki, FW de Klerk and US President Barack Obama.
Ramaphosa, who is the MC, asked the crowd to keep quiet.
"Mayihlale phantsi ibambe umthembu [please be seated and keep quiet.]"
Cyril Ramaphosa's revolutionary plea for silence at #MandelaMemorial: Hayi hlala pantsi ibamb' umthetho!
- Govan Whittles (@van1go) December 10, 2013
Obama, who gave a moving tribute, received a standing ovation after his speech.
Zuma was once again booed before when he took to the podium to address the crowd.
Music was then played before Zuma attempted to start his speech for a second time.
Mandela will be laid to rest in Qunu on Sunday.
To read Obama's speech click here.