Church service dedicated to Madiba

South Africans continue to pray for Nelson Mandela as he spends a 30th day in hospital.

Messages of well wishes continue to pour for the former president Nelson Mandela in Heart hospital in Pretoria. Picture:Christa Van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - As former president Nelson Mandela spends a fourth week in hospital, South Africans continue to pray for and support the ailing world icon.

Earlier on Sunday, the ANC Youth League held a prayer service for Mandela at the Change Bible Church in Katlehong.

Madiba is being treated for a recurring lung infection at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria. He was admitted to the facility on 8 June.

The church was full earlier as hundreds of people came to honour Madiba.

ANC officials who attended the service include Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula and Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba.

Pastor Xola Nzo led the prayer service.

"We pray that Nkulunkulu [God] bless Tata Mandela. We thank you for his life that has brought healing and hope for our nation. We pray for his health. We pray for his life and recovery."

The most recent update from the Presidency regarding the 94-year-old's health came on Thursday. It reiterated that the statesman remained in a critical but stable condition.

On Thursday, Madiba's wife Gra├ža Machel thanked the nation and the world for their support.

Machel has hardly left her husband's bedside since he was admitted to the Pretoria facility.

Today marks the 30th day Mandela has been in hospital.

Meanwhile, the Mandela family has been embroiled in a bitter dispute over the last few days.

At least 16 Mandela relatives brought an urgent application against Mandla Mandela forcing him to return the remains of Madiba's three children.

He had moved them to Mvezo in 2011 without consulting the family.

Earlier this week, a high court ruled against him and the remains were brought back to Qunu.

Traditional leaders and politicians have called on the family to make peace and focus on Mdiba's health.