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Faith Fridays: Gauteng churches pray for Madiba

The Gauteng Council of Churches has arranged the church services every Friday evening.

DOING MORE: Members of the public have shown their support for Nelson Mandela by leaving well wishes at his home and the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria. People are also being urged to pray for Madiba. Picture:Christa Van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Members of former President Nelson Mandela's family are expected to attend a church service in Bryanston on Friday evening to pray for the ailing statesman.

The 94-year-old remains in a critical but stable condition in the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, where he is being treated for a recurring lung infection. He was admitted to hospital over a month ago.

The Gauteng Council of Churches has arranged the church services every Friday evening to pray for Mandela's recovery.

Reverend Gift Morane says members of the public need to support the Mandela family.

"This is really taking a toll on their lives. It is for us as faith leaders to pray that God will give them strength."

MADIBA A 'FIGHTER'

On Thursday, President Jacob Zuma said Mandela remains as much of a fighter now as he was 50 years ago when incidents such as the raid on Liliesleaf farm took place.

Zuma was speaking during celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the raid at the farm.

The raid on Liliesleaf changed the course of the struggle against apartheid, as well as the country's history.

Zuma also said the Presidency was encouraged that Madiba was responding to treatment in hospital.

He visited Mandela on Thursday for the second time in 24 hours.

On Wednesday night, The Presidency released an update on Madiba's health, saying he was responding to treatment but remained in a critical but stable condition.

67 MINUTES

Meanwhile, South Africans are preparing to celebrate Mandela's 95th birthday next week on 18 July.

Many people are expected to give 67 minutes of their time to help others, while the Ekurhuleni municipality announced on Monday it had arranged a team of mountain climbers to summit Kilimanjaro in honour of the former President.

The 67 minutes symbolises the 67 years Madiba dedicated to serving others.

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