Zuma booed at Madiba memorial

President Jacob Zuma was booed as he made his way into the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma was booed as he made his way into the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg for former president Nelson Mandela's memorial service on Tuesday.

Mandela passed away peacefully at his Houghton home last Thursday at the age of 95.

He had been battling a recurring lung infection.

Zuma walked in with his two wives but was met with hostility from the crowds which made the change sign.

Zuma arrives to booing from the crowd. Mbeki and de klerk got cheers. #MandelaMemorial

#MandelaMemorial Zuma booed before the world....?!? #DearMrPresident I think its time.

Zuma has been in the news recently for the controversial upgrades at his Nkandla home.

The state spend R208 million on the upgrades and many people have criticised Zuma for this but he maintains he has done nothing wrong.

Earlier, former president Thabo Mbeki received a loud and sustained cheer from the crowd.

The crowd also cheered when Madiba's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela hugged his widow Gra├ža Machel.

Over 90 heads of states including Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and American President Barack Obama are at the stadium paying their respects to the global icon who spent 27 years in prison.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and former president FW de Klerk are among the dignitaries.

ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is the MC of the event.

The service got underway with the singing of the national anthem.

The global icon will be laid to rest at his rural village of Qunu on Sunday.