JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa initially received a cold welcome with jeers from the crowd at the state funeral of former Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe in Harare.
He was interrupted several times at the start of his speech.
But after apologising for the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa - the crowd cheered.
“In the past two weeks we have had challenges, some of which was directed at nationals from other countries. This has led to the deaths and injuries of other people - some of which were nationals of other counties. Majority of South Africans. I stand before you to apologise for what has happened in our country...”
Ramaphosa and former Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma were among the guests.
Mugabe died in Singapore at the age of 95.
He will be buried at Heroes Acre in Harare.
The exact date of the burial has not yet been set, but can only happen after a mausoleum is built, which could take up to 30 days.