South Africa's quiet political divide

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PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA (WUSA9)--We may have seen a hint of what's to come when President Zuma was booed at Nelson Mandela's memorial service

Many were embarrassed, but it may have cracked the door of South Africa's quiet divide.

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USA Today World Editor William Dermody, says, just hearing people talk that day was telling.  "Elderly, mothers, fathers, young women and others who were debating vociferously about which way to go forward, why Zuma was bad, why they needed another candidate, shouldn't we be a Communist nation. It ran the spectrum."

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Taking nothing away from Mandela and his legacy, but not everyone is on the same page. Not everyone is happy with their country's direction.

"Even a hawker in South Africa, selling Mandela t-shirts, we interviewed him and he said 'I hate Mandela. I'm here 'cause I have to make some money. But, he and others said that they felt he betrayed them by not going with a more hard-left style of government, you know, perhaps not seeking more retribution against their white oppressors," says Dermody.

When Mandela was alive no one wanted to detract from the course he laid out. For now his political party the ANC is still top dog; however, now that he's gone the moment is ripe for political factions to try take the stage.  All wanting to to take the mantle from here.

"They could go hard-left, they could stay the way they are, they could find some different government that they want to establish here," says Dermody.

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