Nelson Mandela Memorial: South Africa embarrassed by empty seats

Jun 18, 2005
[h=1]Nelson Mandela memorial: empty seats embarrass South Africa[/h][h=2]Empty seats at national stadium are blamed on rain, an unpopular president in Jacob Zuma and his failure to declare a national holiday[/h]It was supposed to be standing room only, but the memorial service held to honour the life of Nelson Mandela was remarkable for the large number of South Africans who failed to turn up.

Tens of thousands of seats in the venue, the FNB football stadium in Johannesburg, remained empty throughout five hours of eulogy. Even at the height of the service, only two thirds of seats were taken, a major embarrassment for the government of South Africa, which had billed it as the centrepiece of a week of events marking the death of Mandela.

They can not even fill up a 95,000 seat stadium in South Africa for Mandela's memorial and Obama? Good grief...



IPL Player
Jun 8, 2010
the bottom rows were empty as rain was pouring like hell, none of you guys can imagine summer tropical rain on that day , no one could remain in rain outside of the stadium.

Majority of south Africans are poor but they are very logical , they controlled their emotion very nicely , the credit I would give to them :

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