Rain predicted for Qunu ‘a blessing’

Forecasters are predicting a wet weekend in Qunu where Mandela will be buried on Sunday.

Jets fly over the burial site where former president Nelson Mandela will be burried in Qunu, 14 December 2013. Picture: Steven Grootes/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Weather forecasters have predicted that there will be rain in Qunu this weekend, likely during the state funeral for Nelson Mandela on Sunday.

Madiba died last Thursday at the age of 95. He had faced a lengthy battle with a recurring lung infection.

He will be laid to rest in the Eastern Cape village tomorrow and forecaster Elizabeth Webster says mourners should expect wet conditions.

She says today is cloudy with a 30 percent chance of isolated showers.

"By tomorrow, however, we have upgraded the chances of showers and thundershowers to 60 percent. Scattered showers and rain are expected."

But, in many cultures, rain is seen as a good omen, says academic and analyst Somadoda Fikeni.

"This means the event is blessed because rain is always associated with blessings."

It also rained in Johannesburg on Tuesday during the national memorial service at FNB Stadium.

The weather then was also welcomed by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.