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Prayer services for Madiba continue

As Nelson Mandela approaches his fifth week in hospital more South Africans keep him in their prayers.

A little girl is seen among messages of hope put up on a wall outside the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital where a critically-ill  Nelson Mandela is being treated, Thursday, 27 June 2013.Support for Mandela was growing  with well-wishers of different nationalities visiting the hospital in Pretoria.The presidency has said that his condition remains critical. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in Gauteng on Sunday morning hosted a prayer service for ailing former President Nelson Mandela, who is approaching his fifth week at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria.

Madiba was admitted to the facility on 8 June due to a recurring lung infection.

Since his admission, Madiba's health has slowly deteriorated with the Presidency rubbishing claims the former statesman is in a 'vegetative state', now saying he is in a critical but stable condition.

The ANCYL service for Madiba service began at 9am at the Life Change Bible Church in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni.

The ANCYL's Bandile Masuku described what the former leader means to the league.

"We are very grateful for what he's done for us as a Youth League and as a country. We are committed to building the legacy he is leaving behind and we're committed to bringing the Youth League back as reflective leaders."

MADIBA'S GRANDSON UNDER FIRE

Mandla Mandela has been removed from his post of traditional authority while Madiba remains in a critical but stable condition.

King Zwelibanzi Dalindyebo of the Thembu tribe said on Sunday Mandla has been expelled "from all rank of duties" over a family feud, which erupted after it was revealed that Mandla had moved the bodies of three of Madiba's children to his village of Mvezo in in 2011 without communicating his decision with the rest of the Mandela family.

The bodies were returned to their original burial site in Mandela's hometown, Qunu, after Mandela family members went to court to force Mandla to relinquish control of the remains.

King Dalindyebo said Mandla, a chief in the Mvezo area, wouldn't be allowed any involvement in tribal affairs until he apologises.

Mandla has said he will fight to have the Mthatha High Court's ruling against him reversed.

He said the decision this week was a travesty of justice.

MANDELA CLAN URGED TO MAKE PEACE

First it was Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu calling on the Mandela family to think about more than just themselves.

Now the Presidency has echoed this, calling on the battle between various members regrettable and urging the family to resolve their problems in an amicable way.

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