Ramaphosa comes to rescue as crowd boos Zuma

13 January 2018 - 11:50 By Timeslive

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa came to President Jacob Zuma's rescue by rebuking a crowd that booed his predecessor.

The crowd started booing Zuma before he even arrived when a speaker announced his name.

When Zuma arrived‚ accompanied by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and large contingent of bodyguards‚ a large section of the crowd booed him.

A small group of ANC Women's League tried to drown the boos by screaming and waving at Zuma. But the boos were too loud.

When Ramaphosa took to the stage‚ the crowd continued to heckle and boo Zuma when he mentioned his name.

"This is a celebration of 106 years of the ANC. It's a day of happiness. It's not a day to do wrong things‚" Ramaphosa told the crowd.

The ANC's anniversary rally was well attended - with the main stadium and two overflow areas packed to capacity. The majority of party supporters were wearing yellow ANC T-shirts bearing Ramaphosa's face.  

Newly elected president of the ANC Cyril Ramphosa delivered his first January 8statementon Saturday, at the Absa Stadium, in East London. Subscribe to TimesLIVE here: https://www.youtube.com/user/TimesLive