Where's Zuma? Mbeki and De Klerk show up to Sona but there's no sign of Zuma

Where's Zuma? Mbeki and De Klerk show up to Sona but there's no sign of Zuma

The former head of state was no where to be found at the annual state of nation address, which was delivered by new South African president Cyril Ramaphosa.

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What makes his absence even more notable was that he was invited, just as all former South African leaders.

Briefly.co.za learned Thabo Mbeki and FW de Klerk attended the Sona, which started at 7pm on Friday.

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However, Zuma might be thankful he decided to skip the event, since just the mention of his name sparked a negative reaction from the crowd.

When Ramphosa thanked Zuma in his speech, the National Assembly heckled and booed just at the mention of his name, Times LIVE reported.

“Yes‚ I do wish to thank former president Jacob Zuma for the manner in which he approached this very difficult and sensitive process‚” he said.

One attendee, who would be happy about the absence of Zuma, was Anglican church Archbishop Thabo Makgoba.

During the lengthy fight to remove Zuma as the head of state, the Archbishop said he would boycott all events where the former president was set to speak.

The former National Assembly speakers Frene Ginwala and Max Sisulu were also present at this year's Sona.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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