Ramaphosa booed at Mugabe's funeral

By Doug Mattushek - 15 September 2019Views : 793


President Cyril Ramaphosa felt the wrath of the crowd at former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe's funeral this weekend.

Ramaphosa was at the National Sports Stadium in Harare on Saturday for Mugabe's funeral service, where his address was premeditated by scores of jeers.

A woman in the crowd told EWN that they were not happy about the recent wave of xenophobic attacks.

"People were booing because we are very angry about what South Africans are doing," she said.

"We are very angry. We are all Africans."

Another anonymous man pleaded for better security in South Africa.

"The boo was meant for the response," he said.

"We feel that state security in South Africa is not quite responsive, especially in these attacks."

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When Ramaphosa's address finally got underway, he apologised for the actions of his fellow countryman.

"In the past two weeks we have had challenges, some of which was directed at nationals from other countries," Ramaphosa told the crowd.

"This has led to the deaths and injuries of other people – some of which were nationals of other countries, but the majority of which were South Africans. I stand before you to apologise for what has happened in our country.

"What has happened in South Africa goes against the unity of the African people that President Mugabe, Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela stood for. Fellow Zimbabweans, fellow Africans, we are working hard to encourage all our people to embrace people from all African countries. We will work hard to promote social cohesion to live side by side with people from other parts of the continent."