Sunday is a day of prayer in South Africa as the country enters a week of mourning ahead of the state funeral and burial of Nelson Mandela.
The father of the nation will be remembered up and down the country, in the cities and the sparsely-populated countryside, in chapels and churches and meeting halls.
President Zuma has urged people to turn out in large numbers and “sing for Madiba” at the top of their voices.
The faltering ruling ANC party may seek to make some political capital out of this week of mourning, but it appears the Mandela mystique is specific and only works for him; none of the man’s popularity is rubbing off on a party that many think has been in power for too long and is only rewarding its supporters.
For this reason the ANC has until now not tried too hard to recuperate the event, although that may change as the week unfolds.