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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) South African President Jacob Zuma was booed and jeered at a memorial to anti-apartheid legend Nelson Mandela on Tuesday (December 10), a major public humiliation in front of other world leaders six months before national elections. The hostile reaction from the thousands-strong unruly crowd erupted as Zuma prepared to address the high-profile ceremony in Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium bringing together leaders from around 90 countries. He remained stony faced during the booing and organizers at one point used a choir to try to drown out the hostile reaction. Zuma, who has ruled Africa's biggest economy since 2009, had been hoping to get a boost from the wave of national emotion triggered by Mandela's death on Thursday, aged 95. "Never before has our country celebrated a life, as we are doing with that of Madiba today. We do not call Madiba the Father of our Rainbow Nation merely for political correctness or relevance.