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December 10, 2013 | UhuruSpirit

South African President Jacob Zuma waves as he arrives at the First National Bank (FNB) Stadium.

Johannesburg - Those who booed during the memorial service for former president Nelson Mandela on Tuesday did the country a disservice, said ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu.

“Whatever the motivation for this behaviour, the behaviour still remains condemned,” he said at the end of the memorial at the FNB Stadium in Soweto.

“Whoever was party to that did us, as a country, a disservice.

“It did the Madiba family, who are mourning, and also Mama Graca (Mandela's widow Graca Machel) and Mama Winnie (his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela)... a terrible disservice.”

Mthembu said the memorial had not been the platform to air political views.

Earlier, the crowd booed President Jacob Zuma every time his image was shown on the big screen.

Mthembu said those who booed had let down all South Africans present at the memorial and watching on television.

African National Congress deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa had to take control of the situation after disruptions by the crowd.

He called on them three times to be disciplined.

“We have visitors let's not embarrass ourselves. Behave,” said Ramaphosa.

“He (Mandela)as a disciplined cadre and let us send him off in a disciplined way.” - Sapa

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