Long his­tory of boo­ing

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OUT­RAGE over the heck­ling of Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma at the of­fi­cial me­mo­rial for Nel­son Man­dela – in front of world lead­ers and an in­ter­na­tional tele­vi­sion au­di­ence – ig­nores the long his­tory of such be­hav­iour, of­ten at solemn oc­ca­sions.

More of­ten than not, it has been an ex­pres­sion of dis­sent from within ANC ranks: ● Oc­to­ber 2005: ANC mem­bers burn T-shirts bear­ing the face of then-pres­i­dent Thabo Mbeki at the court ap­pear­ance in Dur­ban of ANC deputy pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma on cor­rup­tion charges. A week later, Zuma calls this be­hav­iour “un­ac­cept­able”. ● De­cem­ber 2006: Mbeki is booed and peo­ple in the crowd start singing Zuma’s trade­mark song, Awulethe umshini wami, as the pres­i­dent tries to speak at a re­burial cer­e­mony where in­ter­na­tional guests are present for strug­gle hero Moses Mab­hida in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg. ● De­cem­ber 2007: Mbeki is again hu­mil­i­ated at the ANC’s na­tional con­fer­ence in Polok­wane. As he tries to de­liver his po­lit­i­cal re­port­back, the crowd bays for him to go, mak­ing the hand ges­ture used to sig­nal a sub­sti­tu­tion in soc­cer. Mbeki is de­feated in his bid for a third term as party pres­i­dent by Zuma. ● De­cem­ber 2011: Sus­pended ANC Youth League trea­surer Pule Mabe is booed off the stage by Zuma sup­port­ers at the fu­neral of ANC na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber Vusi Mh­longo in kwaDukuza, KwaZulu-Natal. ● Au­gust 2011: ANC Youth League mem­bers burn a T-shirt bear­ing a pic­ture of Zuma’s face out­side the rul­ing party’s head­quar­ters in Joburg be­fore the party’s dis­ci­plinary hear­ing for the league’s then-sus­pended pres­i­dent, Julius Malema, and its spokesman Floyd Shivambu, league deputy pres­i­dent Ron­ald Lamola, sec­re­tary gen­eral Sindiso Ma­gaqa, his deputy Kenetswe Mosenogi and Mabe. ● Fe­bru­ary 2012: Zuma is heck­led dur­ing a me­mo­rial lec­ture at the Good Hope Cen­tre in Cape Town. Fist fights break out and chairs are thrown. Six ANC Youth League mem­bers later face dis­ci­plinary ac­tion by the party. ● Oc­to­ber 2013: A fu­ri­ous DA leader and pre­mier He­len Zille ac­cuses Zuma of stand­ing by as pro­test­ers boo her off the stage, and dis­rupt the launch of the Sal­danha Bay In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Zone.

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