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Steven Tau
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12 Apr 2017
8:20 am

Zuma gets possible flooding and a protest on his birthday

Steven Tau

The weather service has predicted a gloomy day.

FILE PICTURE: Diepsloot township, Extension 1 residents walk past a ditch of water in the area, 4 March 2014. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Those who will be attending the anti-Zuma march organised by some of the country’s opposition parties in Pretoria as well as those going to Kliptown for President Jacob Zuma’s birthday celebrations on Wednesday, should take along umbrellas and rain coats.

The South African Weather Service forecasts cloudy and wet weather conditions for the better part of Wednesday.

Speaking to The Citizen, forecaster Bransby Bulo said the rain that started just after 7am on Wednesday is expected to end and only take a break at midday before returning again later in the afternoon.

“At the moment, there has been no alert or warning issued but we will monitor the situation and, should the rain become heavier as the morning progresses, that could lead to flooding. In the event that happens, we will advise residents accordingly,” Bulo said.

The march against Zuma in Pretoria is expected to start at midday and proceed to the Union Buildings while Zuma’s 75th birthday celebrations are scheduled to kick off at 3pm.

The current rainfall pattern is a result of an upper-thrust system associated with a cold front that will also see daytime temperatures start to drop as we head towards winter.