ANC could act against Zuma booers

ANC's Jessie Duarte suggested that the party could take action against those who booed Zuma.

ANC's Jessie Duarte suggested that the party could take action against those who booed Zuma. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - ANC Deputy Secretary General, Jessie Duarte, has become the first ANC official to suggest the party could try to take action against the people who booed President Jacob Zuma at the national memorial service for former President Nelson Mandela.

But she says people shouldn't make a mountain out of a molehill and ruin the nation's farewell to Madiba.

On Tuesday, sections of the stadium booed Zuma as he was announced at the stadium and when his picture was shown on the screens.

While there's no confirmation on whether the people who booed Zuma were ANC members, Duarte says they're considering their options.

"It's very hard under the circumstances to identify people specifically, but we are thinking of looking into it more seriously."

However political analyst professor Somadoda Fikeni says this is a symptom of much bigger problems.

"We are in a degenerative state in terms of the political culture that we have."

Over the last few years, ANC members have walked on former President Thabo Mbeki, Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille has been booed in front of Zuma and ANC members in the Western Cape have thrown human faeces during protests.


Meanwhile, Duarte adds people shouldn't make too much of the booing.

Duarte quotes the foreign friend she was sitting next to when the booing started.

"This is a drizzle and not a storm and in fact said he hoped the fourth state would not mar the celebration of a wonderful man."

But Fikeni says this is about the poison in our politics.

"I would describe this as a time where we've reached a toxic level in our politics."

He says people simply won't show tolerance.


Meanwhile, thousands of people went to Cape Town Stadium to a memorial event in honour of Mandela.

The function, started at 4pm on Wednesday, and was titled Nelson Mandela: A Life Celebrated.

South Africa's first black president passed away at his home on last Thursday night.

Many people were dressed in bright coloured clothing with many holding Mandela placards and South African flags.