Well wishes continue for Madiba

Prayers from locals and foreigners after Mandela's illness sparked concern around the world.

Whilst the nation waits for the next medical update from the Presidency well-wishers visited the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria to leave messages of support for their hero. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

PRETORIA - Well wishes continue to pour in for former President Nelson Mandela who has been in the Pretoria Heart Hospital since last Saturday.

Since then thousands of people have sent prayers and get well messages.

Madiba is being treated for a recurring lung infection. This is the fourth time since December that he has been admitted to hospital.

On Sunday President Jacob Zuma wished the statesman a happy Father's Day and told the public that Mandela is still in a serious condition but that he is stable and improving.

Madiba's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was spotted visiting him for Youth Day on Sunday.

At the same time, a man also visited the hospital and said he wanted to commemorate Youth Day.

"I hope he gets well soon because the country is waiting for him, they all miss him and want him to be well."

Mandela's illness sparked concern around the world and some foreigners visiting the country went to the hospital where he's being treated to reach out to him.

Pastor David Burrows of the Youth Christian Church in the Bahamas went to the facility especially to pray for the global icon.

"Most of the population in the Bahamas is of African descent and Mandela is a hero to Bahamians."

Kagiso Mokgotla of the Outreach Christian Centre from Centurion also spent the afternoon at the hospital and said Madiba taught him to fight for equality and dignity.

"Thank you for taking the courage and pushing the agenda of freedom and democracy."

Meanwhile, an Eastern Cape reverend said on Sunday he asked church groups to pray for him.

In the remote village of Mqhekezweni, surrounded by rolling hills and thatched huts, Reverend Wellington Manciya rang a rusty old bell before beginning the service at the local Methodist Church.

Mqhekezweni is where Madiba spent most of his formative years.

He went to school in the village, which is now a small structure that has peeling white walls and a red roof.

Reverend Manciya said his congregation in the village have been praying for the former president's good health.

"I have requested the societies have a time especially given to prayer for Tata Mandela."