Prayers continue for Madiba

Bishop Abraham Sibiya has urged South Africans to keep Nelson Mandela in their thoughts.

Hospital wall with well-wishing messages for former president Nelson Mandela. Picture:Christa Van der Walt/EWN

PRETORIA - Religious leaders have marked former President Nelson Mandela's second month in hospital with a prayer service wishing him health and happiness.

Madiba was admitted to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria on 8 June for a recurring lung infection, where he remains in a critical but stable condition.

Bishop Abraham Sibiya believes Madiba is blessed.

"Many had given up hope, the whole country was almost saying there is no hope, but God has sustained him."

Sibiya has urged South Africans to keep the global icon in their thoughts.

"Let's keep hoping that God will do something miraculous and restore Madiba to his family and to the nation of South Africa."

On Wednesday, Mandela's wife Gra├ža Machel told the South African Council of Churches (SACC) that her husband is still critical but stable and responds when communicated to.

The SACC's Jo Seoka addressed the media outside the Pretoria Mediclinic Heart Hospital a short while ago, following an hour-long prayer meeting with Machel in a room next to Madiba's ward.

Seoka said Madiba doesn't want people to worry about him, but wants them to uphold the values he stood for.

He added that Madiba is very conscious, can hear every word spoken to him and he does respond.

He said he is confident the former president will be sent home soon to recover.